What to do if your power is out
- Check the fuses or breakers in your home or main breaker on the pole, to make sure outage is not caused by equipment or fuse failure on your side of the meter.
- Call your neighbors. Ask if their power is also off and ask if they have reported it yet. Please do not take for granted that the outage has been reported.
- Call McLeod Cooperative Power to report your outage. Please be prepared to give your name, address, location number and telephone number for the account without power.
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Winter & Summer Precautions
How prepared are you for a storm that might leave you without electricity for an extended period of time? Could your family be self-sufficient if the power was out for a week?
Planning ahead can make the experience much easier. You do not have to complete survival training; just have the critical supplies at your house before the storm, and follow some common sense guidelines.
Critical supplies to have at home:
- At least one telephone that does not require electricity to operate or recharge. Keep at least one phone that you can just plug into the telephone jack. In an ice storm, cell phone towers will often be out of service and you won’t have electricity to recharge your cell phone anyway. Portable phones, answering machine combination phones, etc. will not operate during a power outage. Your phone is your lifeline in case of an emergency. It may be your only way to report a power outage. It may also be the best way for us to update you on the power restoration progress.Also make sure that the telephone number listed in the top right box of your electric bill has your correct HOME PHONE NUMBER. A cell phone number or an incorrect number will make reporting a power outage more difficult and it could prevent us from notifying you of important messages.
- Bottled water (at least 3 gallons per person). Safety experts recommend at least a three-day supply of water @ one gallon per person per day just for drinking. Additional water or melted snow could be needed for brushing, flushing or keeping clean.
- Flashlights and extra batteries. These are critical during any power outage and should always be kept in the house.
- Canned food and a manual can opener. Once you have used food from the refrigerator, you will need to rely on canned food. Keep a supply of canned foods in the cupboard that your family will eat without heating.
- First aid kit, prescription medications, candles and matches and a portable radio. These are additional items of importance during a power outage. Blankets and warm clothing will also be necessary in a winter power outage.
- Consider investing in a generator. Farmers with livestock should ALWAYS have a working generator available. Use of a portable generator would help operate small portable appliances, an electric space heater, etc. A properly wired and installed generator with disconnect switch could also operate your furnace fan to keep your house warm or pump water. Farmers using ventilated confinement housing for livestock or those with livestock to water should always have a working generator back-up available. Exercise your generator regularly and keep plenty of fuel on hand if a storm is predicted.
- Listen to weather updates for freezing rain or severe blizzard conditions. If ice is building up on buildings, decks, vehicles, etc. it will also be building up on power lines. Fill the bathtub with water before the lights start to flicker, so you can have water for limited brushing and flushing. Fill some containers with fresh drinking water. Get out your flashlights and batteries.