Outages

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Your cooperative is currently experiencing normal energy demand. No special energy saving measures are necessary.

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After Hours Emergency Contact

If your lights go off after our offices have closed, please contact North West REC at our after hours contact number: 1.800.766.2099.

North West REC is dedicated to serving our members, and we will get your power back up and running as soon as we can!

Top Safety Tips for a Power Outage:

  • Only use a flashlight for emergency lighting. Never use candles!
  • Turn off electrical equipment you were using when the power went out.
  • Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer.
  • Do not run a generator inside a home or garage.
  • If you use a generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Do not connect a generator to a home's electrical system.
  • Listen to local radio and television for updated information.

Preparing for a Power Outage 

Assemble essential supplies, including:

  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Portable radio
  • At least one gallon of water
  • A small supply of food.

Other Tips

  • During an outage, due to the extreme risk of fire, do not use candles.
  • If you use medication that requires refrigeration, most can be kept in a closed refrigerator for several hours without a problem. If unsure, check with your physician or pharmacist.
  •  Plan ahead and make sure your cell phone is charged and portable radios or other battery-operated essentials have working batteries.

Computers

  • Keep computer files and operating systems backed up regularly.
  • Consider buying extra batteries and a power converter if you use a laptop computer. A power converter allows most laptops (12 volts or less) to be operated from the cigarette lighter of a vehicle.
  • Turn off all computers, monitors, printers, copiers, scanners and other devices when they're not being used, especially if you know a storm is coming. That way, if the power goes out, this equipment will have already been safely shut down.
  • Get a high quality surge protector for all of your computer equipment.
  • If you use the computer a lot, such as for a home business, consider purchasing and installing an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). Consult with your local computer equipment dealer about available equipment and costs.