Be Prepared

When major storms knock out power, our line crews take all necessary safety precautions before they work on downed power lines.

Storms sometimes could damage our electrical system. In the event of power outages, South Central Indiana REMC crews are ready and standing by to restore power in case of outages in our service area—but in cases where the damage is severe, you could be without power for an extended period of time.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends the items below as a starting point for storm and disaster preparedness, and you can visit the website for additional resources.

  • Stock your pantry with a three-day supply of non-perishable food, such as canned goods, energy bars, peanut butter, powdered milk, instant coffee, water, and other essentials (i.e., diapers and toiletries).
  • Confirm that you have adequate sanitation and hygiene supplies, including towelettes, soap, and hand sanitizer.
  • Ensure your first aid kit is stocked with pain relievers, bandages, and other medical essentials, and make sure your prescriptions are current. Set aside essential household items you will need, including flashlights, batteries, a manual can opener, and a portable, battery-powered radio or TV.
  • Organize emergency supplies so they are easily accessible in one location.

In the event of a prolonged power outage, turn off major appliances, TVs, computers, and other sensitive electronics. This will help avert damage from a power surge and prevent overloading the circuits during power restoration. If you plan to use a small generator, make sure it’s rated to handle the amount of power you will need, and always review the manufacturer’s instructions to operate it safely and avoid back-feeding our power lines.

Listen to local news or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radios for storm and emergency information, and watch our website and Facebook page for restoration updates.

After the storm, stay away from downed power lines and trees/limbs resting on power lines and avoid walking through flooded areas where power lines could be submerged. Always assume downed lines are energized and dangerous.