Critical Medical Accounts
Stearns Electric Association is committed to providing reliable electric service. However, severe storms, high winds or the need for system maintenance will occasionally cause extended power disruption. For members who have a severe medical condition and depend on electricity to power life support equipment, an outage can present a hardship. We advise those members to plan ahead and be prepared in the event of an outage. We recommend that you consider a generator, an alternate form of power, or make advanced arrangements to get to a facility that has backup generation.
To support the needs of households where life-support equipment is used, the Cooperative maintains a list of critical medical accounts. Critical Medical Accounts are identified to serve as a reference for determining priorities in the effort to restore service in the event of widespread or prolonged outages affecting the Cooperative’s system.
Keep in mind that placing your account on our Critical Medical Account list does not guarantee uninterrupted service, prevent electric service disruption, or relieve your responsibility to maintain an account in good standing. Nor does the list guarantee that members with severe medical conditions will be able to have their electric service restored following a natural or man-made power outage without consideration for the greater good and safety of the general public. Power must be restored in a particular manner and while this list will not guarantee that you will be the first to have your power restored, it will help our employees make decisions when trying to restore power during a major outage situation.
If you or someone in your home depends on such equipment, don’t wait until the power goes off to request to be put on this list. Please complete and return the Critical Medical Account Registration Form – including your physicians contact information and signature. Once completed and signed, return the form to any Stearns Electric office.
It is a simple process and it is your responsibility to keep this record updated.