Prepare For Winter Power Outages
A winter storm is on its way, and may wreak havoc on electric distribution systems across the state, including Cuivre River Electric Cooperative. Deep snow is a challenge, but ice in the forecast can be very destructive.
The weight of ice on trees and powerlines can topple branches and trunks, wires and poles. The damage can take days or weeks to repair and rebuild.
Cuivre River’s main objective following any storm is to restore power to critical facilities and help as many people as possible as quickly as possible. When damage is severe and widespread, the cooperative’s mutual assistance network is activated and cooperatives from neighboring regions are called to assist. Cuivre River employees, suppliers and partners will work around the clock until service is restored.
Here are some suggested items:
- Cuivre River telephone number 800.392.3709
- Emergency contact numbers
- Battery-powered radio & extra batteries.
- Candles & matches
- Flashlights & extra batteries
- First-aid kit & medications
- Non perishable food, MREs
- Hand-operated can opener
If Your CREC Power Is Off
Check your home's breaker panel (and any outdoor disconnects) to make sure the outage is not due to a tripped breaker. Call your neighbors to see if their power is off. This will help you determine if the problem exists within your home, or on our lines.
If you determine the problem is outside your home, call Cuivre River Electric Cooperative, 800.392.3709. Call any time your power is out. Do not assume that others have reported the outage.
Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Food should keep for up to 48 hours in a freezer, if the door remains closed. If the outage persists, cover your refrigerator or freezer with a blanket, make arrangements to store food at another location, or purchase dry ice.
Turn off all electrical appliances that were on when the power went off, especially heat pumps, air conditioners, or electric heat. But leave a light on so you will know when power is restored.
- During a prolonged outage, consider using an emergency shelter and find other accommodations for children, elderly relatives, and anyone who is ill.
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Food should keep for up to 48 hours in a freezer, if the door remains closed. If the outage persists, cover your refrigerator or freezer with a blanket, make arrangements to store food at another location, or purchase dry ice.
- Don't cook inside with charcoal. Be extra careful with candles, kerosene lamps, heaters, and fireplaces.
- Have a supply of water on hand.
Restoring Power After A Storm
In the aftermath of a major storm Cuivre River Electric Cooperative:
- Assigns our repair resources to the most critical areas to make them safe for the public and for our employees to continue working.
- Conducts a thorough damage assessment.
- Restores electrical service to the customers who provide health, safety and other essential services to your community.
These customer groups include:
- Public services such as Red Cross facilities.
- Communications such as emergency radio systems, telephones and televisions.
- Designated sewage pump and disposal plants and water supply utilities.
- Restores power lines that deliver power in the shortest period of time to the largest number of customers possible.
- Then Cuivre River Electric Cooperative restores service to individual homes and businesses.
Help Us Restore Power Safely
Please be aware of our service vehicles parked along roadways. Call Cuivre River Electric Cooperative at 800.392.3709 to report outages and any unsafe conditions - sparking power lines. Stay away from these lines, as well as downed lines. You should always act as if a downed line is live.