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Winter Storm Preparedness

(January 11, 2018) —While Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative takes proactive measures to prevent outages, like right of way clearing and utilizing quality equipment and material, Mother Nature sometimes causes problems out of our control. With a Winter Storm Warning in affect for much of MLEC’s service area, we wanted to help build awareness on ways you can better “weather the storm” should outages occur.

  • Charge cell phones and other mobile devices so you’ll have a full charge should the power go out.
  • Do you have a hard-wired phone? Remember, cordless phones will go out if there is a power outage.
  • Locate candles, matches, and flashlights. 
  • Think about alternate heat sources: wood, kerosene, propane, etc.
  • Locate a battery-powered radio.
  • Pull out your manual can opener.
  • Check the pantry for foods that don’t need to be cooked or other easily prepared items: fresh or canned fruit, powered milk and dry cereals, canned tuna, meat spreads, cheese spreads, peanut butter and crackers.
  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible. This will help foods stay at a safe temperature longer.
  • Know how to report an outage. MLEC’s social media is not monitored 24/7, so report outages by calling MLEC directly. During regular business hours call your local office, after hours call 1-888-879-6038.
  • SAFETY FIRST. If snow or ice bring down power poles and connected equipment, stay away and contact MLEC.

MLEC also reminds you that if you have a portable generator, it is very important it is installed and operated correctly for your safety and for the safety of those working to restore electricity.  A transfer switch is needed to keep the electricity produced by the generator from flowing back into electric lines and causing serious injury or death for someone who might come in contact with the line. For more information on generator safety, contact MLEC or visit

“We’ve been reviewing our emergency response plan and taking proactive steps to be ready should outages happen,” says MLEC President and CEO Keith Carnahan. “Sharing information with our members to help them be prepared is another way we can serve our communities.”

 Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative is your member-owned source of power and information. We pride ourselves on providing safe, affordable, reliable electricity, while helping build the communities we serve. ###

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