Severe weather can strike at any moment. Associated high winds and rain can cause limbs and trees to fall and power lines to come down.
But North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are working long before the storm arrives to ensure outages and restoration time are minimized. Throughout the year, we maintain clear rights-of-way, trimming trees and vegetation along power line corridors that could create outages and hinder restoration efforts. Should severe weather become an imminent threat, electric co-op power restoration crews stand ready to restore any outages as soon as conditions are safe.
Take some time to make sure you’re also prepared when severe weather strikes, using these resources as a guide. Contact your local electric cooperative with any storm-related questions not answered here.
- Follow these tips to avoid being a statistic
- Document it for insurance, shore up weak points
- Recommendations from the American Red Cross
- How to prepare your family and property for severe weather
- Before, during and after your power goes out
- Stay tuned to your cooperative and local news sources for information about power outages, weather conditions and safety messages.
- Get inside a building and stay away from the windows.
Should a power outage occur:
- Report the outage to your electric cooperative
- If you use candles, don’t leave them unattended and keep them away from furniture, draperies and other flammable materials. Make sure to keep children away from open flames.
- Don’t open freezers and refrigerators any more than absolutely necessary.
- Turn off your heating and air conditioning systems, as well as electric range, to avoid straining the grid when service is restored.
- Unplug sensitive electronic appliances such as TVs, DVRs, microwave ovens and computers — this will protect your appliances against power fluctuations that can occur when power is restored.
- After power is restored, wait five to 10 minutes before turning on appliances and heating systems.
- Assume any downed line is energized and follow these tips
- Steps to getting co-op members back online
- Use the correct size generator and run it safely
- Steps to make sure your house is healthy after a hurricane