Pre-Winter Storm Preparation
Clay County Electric Cooperative Corporation (CCECC) is closely monitoring the winter weather expected to hit our service territories. Ice accumulation on power lines and other equipment coupled with high winds could cause extended power outages.
- CCECC is taking steps now to prepare for the winter weather and urge customers to prepare as well.
- CCECC is preparing our crews to work extended hours and have alerted additional staff to provide support services, including member service staff.
- CCECC will coordinate our winter weather response efforts with cooperatives in surrounding states if necessary. This coordination will prove helpful should the snow and ice cause extensive outages that require the deployment of out-of-state support personnel.
- CCECC is in close contact with federal, state and local emergency management agencies to ensure a coordinated response.
- Depending on the severity of icing on power lines, power restoration could be prolonged as downed lines, poles, and other equipment are repaired.
- CCECC will follow a specific damage assessment process as the storm moves away from the area. Damage assessments are a key first step in the restoration process and allow us to provide informed outage estimates to the community.
- Line crews can only be deployed to restore service when weather conditions become safe. They are restricted from working on overhead power lines during adverse weather conditions, such as sustained winds of 35 miles per hour (30 mph if the work involves installing or replacing materials).
Should you experience a power outage during this winter storm, outages may be reported in any of the three ways listed below:
*Text “OUTAGE” to 55050
*To utilize SmartHub or Texting option, you must be a registered user for each.
We post regular outage updates on our news page and our Facebook page.
Clay County Electric Cooperative Corporation (CCECC) is urging members to prepare for potentially hazardous conditions and be safe. Please be prepared for potential power outages.
- Have an adequate supply of prescription medicines and any necessary infant supplies on hand.
- If you use medical equipment at home that requires electricity, make sure you charge the battery before the storm.
- If you or someone you know uses life-support equipment that requires electricity to operate, charge the battery before the storm, identify a location with emergency power capabilities and make plans to go there during a prolonged outage. Contact your local health department or emergency management offices about shelters that can assist you during a prolonged outage. If you have a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the hospital.
- Fuel your vehicles before the storm as a loss of power could affect gas stations.
- Assemble an emergency storm kit. Include a battery-powered radio, flash light, first-aid kit, battery-powered or wind-up clock, extra batteries, special needs items, an insulated cooler and a list of important and emergency phone numbers.
- Have a telephone with a cord or an extra charged cell phone to use as a back-up. Cordless telephones won’t work during an outage.
- Keep at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and bottled water, and have a hand-operated can opener available.
- Consider having supplies handy for your propane or charcoal grill. Be sure to grill outdoors in well ventilated areas for safety.
- Protect your electronic equipment. Unplug sensitive electronics or plug computers and other sensitive equipment into surge suppressors. Consider an uninterruptible power supply, such as a generator.
- Stay away from downed wires. Contact your local co-op to report a downed wire or an outage.
- Avoid crews working. This will keep you and the crews safe and allow them to work on restoring your power.
- Tune in to local news broadcasts for the latest weather and emergency information.
- Follow the advice of your local emergency management and health officials.
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