WCEC Urges Members To Prepare
This Hurricane Season
Hurricane season is upon us, and Wharton County Electric Cooperative (WCEC) urges our member and the public to be prepared this season. Hurricanes can cause devastation during and after they occur. The ability to quickly recover following a hurricane requires a focus on preparedness and advance planning.
Hurricane planning information is plentiful this time of year. Ready.gov offers extensive resources to prepare you, your family and your property in the event of severe weather. Their hurricane guide can be found at: www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
WCEC would like to expand on these hurricane planning guides with the following information regarding your electric service and electrical safety. We want you and your family to be safe before, during and after the storm.
EXTENDED POWER OUTAGES:
After a storm, extended power outages can impact the whole community. Communication towers may not work and utility services such as water and sewage may not be available. Most businesses will be closed including grocery stores, gas stations and banks. Food spoilage and water contamination can occur, and medical facilities may not be available.
As severe weather approaches, WCEC crews will be staged and ready to respond to power outages appropriately. Depending on the severity of the damage following the storm, we may enlist the help of contract crews or bring crews from other area cooperatives to help restore power to impacted members.
Follow these tips from www.ready.gov to stay safe when a power outage threatens.
Before A Storm
During A Storm
After A Storm
WCEC is asking all members to prepare for the worst. Members should have an emergency kit assembled in the event they are without power for several days. Now is the time to prepare. The American Red Cross recommends these essentials be kept on hand.
If used improperly, a back-up generator can make life a lot more dangerous. Every year, people die in incidents related to portable generator use following prolonged power outages. Wharton County Electric Cooperative urges our members to exercise extreme caution when operating portable generators.
DOWNED POWER LINES
One of the greatest dangers following severe weather is downed power lines – they carry extremely high currents and can seriously injure or kill, even if they aren’t sparking or buzzing. Do not assume that just because a line is on the ground it does not still have power running through it. In event of flood: If you see a power line entering the water, do not go near it or the water.
Always avoid downed power lines and remember these safety tips:
During large outages, phone lines can get very busy. Rest assured that if outages occur, crews will be working to restore power as soon as it is safe to do so. If you are unable to get through to the co-op by calling 979-543-6271, updates from WCEC will also be available here:
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