Surviving A Power Outage
Sometimes unexpected conditions cause our members to temporarily lose power. As a cooperative member, your satisfaction is our business and we strive to deliver consistent, uninterrupted service 365 days a year. When storms or other circumstances cause an outage, we take immediate action to restore service. Although we work as quickly as possible to restore service, there are some steps you can take before, during and after an outage to make it easier to cope.
- Light: Always have alternate sources of light on hand. Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are probably the safest. Keep your alternate light source in a handy place, so you can find it easily in the dark.
- Information: Have a battery-powered radio available. The radio will provide weather reports, local news bulletins and other important emergency information. During a widespread outage, Codington-Clark Electric Co-op often contacts local radio stations about problems and restoration efforts.
- Food: Stock emergency food and related items along with a manual can opener. Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to reduce the chance of food spoilage.
- Protect Your Appliances: Turn off all large appliances that come on automatically. Disconnect sensitive electronic equipment such as recorders, computers and TV's to avoid damage from a power surge. If all of these appliances come back on at once, they might overload your homes' electric circuits. Leave a single lamp turned on to let you know when your electric service has been restored.
- When Power Is Restored: Give the electrical system a chance to stabilize by gradually reconnecting appliances previously disconnected. Initially, turn on only the most essential appliances. Wait a few minutes before reconnecting others.