Trees and wind are major reasons for power outages caused by severe weather. MVEC works year-round on a regular tree trimming schedule to remove trees, branches and other types of vegetation that could come in contact with power lines. Despite best efforts, major storms can damage substations and power lines, as well as the transmission equipment that powers us. When this happens, our first priority is to safely restore power to as many members as possible in the shortest amount of time.
Severe thunderstorms, tornados and flooding leave visible damage in their wake — and hidden dangers as well. Be aware of electrical hazards.
- Have flashlights and extra batteries easily available in a predetermined location.
- Have on hand bottled water, non-perishable food that doesn’t require cooking and snacks. Don’t forget supplies for your pets.
- Keep your cell phone charged before severe weather.
- Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
- Never step into a flooded basement or area where water is covering electrical outlets, appliances or cords.
- Never touch electrical appliances or wires while wet or standing in water.
- If you see one of our crews working, maintain a safe distance – not only to avoid COVID19 contact, but so they can focus on their work. If you pass them on the road, shift over a lane and slow down.
- Stay away from downed power lines and be alert that tree limbs or debris may hide an electrical hazard.
- Treat all downed or hanging power lines as if they are energized. Lines do not have to be arcing or sparking to be live. Inform MVEC of the hazard.
- If you are driving and come upon a downed power line, stay in your vehicle. Never drive over a downed line, as it could pull down poles and other items along its path.
- Before entering storm-damaged buildings or rooms, be sure all electric and gas services are turned off. Never attempt to turn off power at the breaker box if you must stand in water to do so. If you can’t reach your breaker box safely, call MVEC to shut off power at the meter.