Prepare for Power Outages

 

Stearns Electric Association has a strong reliability record. However, there are many reasons why even the best utilities experience outages. Storms producing trees that have fallen on overhead lines, vehicle accidents and squirrels pose the most common challenges.


Here are some tips so that you can be prepared in the event of a Power Outage:


Never touch a fallen power line, and assume all wires on the ground are electrically charged. Call Stearns Electric Association to report fallen lines immediately. Avoid contact with overhead lines at all times.

Stay tuned to weather forecasts.
 
Medical emergencies: Stearns Electric Associaiton attempts to provide members on life-support systems priority during outages. If you or a family member requires some form of life-support, make sure you are on the Cooperative’s “critical medical account list" before an outage occurs. You may also consider obtaining a backup source of power if the power does go out for an extended period. Keep your backup generator in good condition and test it periodically.
    
Have an outage kit prepared ahead of time, containing the following items:

  • Working flashlight
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Outage numbers
  • Candles and matches (never leave a candle unattended)
  • Standard touch-tone phone (not cordless) and a fully charged cell phone
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishable food


Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer so you don't lose cold air.

Do not operate charcoal or propane-powered equipment inside your home.

After the storm: Replace used batteries in your emergency kit and restock food and water to be prepared for the next storm.