Power Restoration

How co-ops prioritize repairs after a major storm

Whenever the electricity goes out, we’ve come to expect service will be restored within a few hours at most. But when a major thunderstorm or tornadoes cause widespread damage, longer outages cannot be helped. Line crews work long, hard hours restoring service, but it’s a task that needs to be done methodically to be done safely.

Here’s a refresher course on how electric cooperatives go about the task of restoring service after severe storms.

Every co-op follows a basic principle when it comes to restoring power: priority goes to the lines that will get the most people back in service the quickest. This usually begins with main lines and continues out to tap lines and then to individual service lines.

People on life-supporting medical equipment need to have a plan in place to accommodate these individuals in the event the outage is an extended outage. You should be prepared to move the individuals to a place that has power until power is restored to the residence. Remember, the best way to make your family and home safer is to be prepared before disaster happens.