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May 2013


by Mike R. Hagy Be Prepared for Spring Storms May and June have traditionally been months for


the most severe weather in southwestern Oklahoma and north Texas. Many of you remember the tornados that hit Vernon, Wichita Falls, and Lawton in 1979 dubbed as “Terrible Tuesday” by the media. Severe weather can result in havoc for electrical utili-


ties, so I would like to outline some of the procedures for our members when severe weather occurs in our service areas. All members are encouraged to call our toll free num-


ber 1-800-256-7973 at SWRE anytime there is an outage, but it is especially helpful for members to call when out- ages are widespread. I have had members tell me that they didn’t want to call because they fi gured that we al- ready knew that the power was out. Your call during out- ages is important because those series of calls help our dispatchers defi ne the magnitude of the outage and the areas affected. If the storm occurs after regular business hours, our


after-hours dispatcher will call additional SWRE person- nel into the main offi ce to help answer the phones during widespread outages. We have four incoming lines, so the phone may be busy, but please continue to call. At SWRE you will always get a live person and not a


recording. By the same token, we may not have time to visit since others will be trying to call, so if possible have your meter number, account number, or precise location ready for the dispatcher. I encourage you to write your meter number, which appears on your bill, next to our 800 number in the phone book or wherever you post emer- gency numbers. If you are a member who has multiple accounts please specify whether the outage involves a residence, well, barn, etc. so that we can send personnel to the correct location. Once we have an idea of the areas affected, we will


send linemen to patrol those areas to assess the dam- ages and they will notify crews at our warehouse what materials are needed and where the most severe damage is located.


Through our emergency response plans we have de-


veloped various scenarios to deal with major storms. Our response may involve outside contractors as well as re- quests for help from other nearby co-ops. As we assess damages, priorities are established to restore power as soon as possible to the areas that have been hit the hard- est. Outages due to blown fuses on circuits are repaired quite rapidly, but areas that have lost miles of poles and transformers may take days to replace.


Remember that SWRE has about 3,000 miles of line


and about 60,000 poles spread across a 6,000-square- mile area of north Texas and southwest Oklahoma, so our exposure to storms and storm damage is much greater than a small town that may encompass four square miles and 2,500 poles. We are a much bigger target! Members should never assume that a downed line


is not energized. Consider all cables and wires as being energized regardless of whether they are electrical, cable television, or telephone. After a storm any one of these wires can be energized if it falls and contacts an energized line, whether it’s a few feet or a block away. If the line is in water, there is even more reason to be cautious and consider it and the water energized. Contact with any line that is or has become energized poses a serious health and safety hazard. Our employees will respond as rapidly as possible, but they will not compromise their safety or that of a member. Connecting a portable generator to home wiring can


cause safety problems. Ideally, appliances should be plugged directly into a generator, using extension cords if necessary. If you must hook the generator up to the main electric panel, it is very important to disconnect your home from the SWRE electrical system. If not disconnected, power can fl ow from your generator into the outside util- ity lines and injure unsuspecting SWRE crews working to restore service. It could even injure a neighbor if power from your generator fl ows along common lines to another house.


When electrical service is restored to your area, take


another safety step and disconnect your portable genera- tor before turning on the power to your home. Your gen- erator can be damaged if it is not disconnected. Once power is restored to your area, we will contact


those members who have called in to make sure there are no additional problems. We certainly hope that major outages do not occur


during any time of the year, but spring storms are always a threat. We will be here to assist you if power outages occur.


Thank you for allowing us to serve you. At SWRE


our vision is to provide your electrical needs maintaining safety, service, and satisfaction – one member at a time!


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