Powering through summer storms: What you need to know

Summer storms are unpredictable and can happen in a flash.

When storms damage power lines, our crews work hard to get your power back on. Here’s what you need to know to help you stay safe, prepared and connected:

Assemble a kit. Get in front of storms by putting together an emergency preparedness kit that includes (at minimum) non-perishable food, water, a flashlight, batteries, a battery-powered radio, a first aid kit, any necessary medications, extra cash and maps of your area.

Plan ahead. Develop a disaster plan for you and your family. Decide now what you’ll do if there’s an extended power outage. Also, contact family, friends and neighbors who are elderly or have medical conditions.

Be informed. Check your local forecasts on a daily basis and, if you’re away from home, know your exact location so you can easily track weather reports in your area.

Stay connected. Download the SWEPCO mobile app to report outages and stay up-to-date on restoration efforts. For the latest restoration info, visit SWEPCO.com/Outages or follow SWEPCO on Facebook and Twitter.

Stay away, stay alive. Remember, all downed lines are dangerous — they carry an electric current that can cause serious or even fatal injuries. If you encounter a fallen wire, keep yourself and others far away, and call 911 and SWEPCO immediately. Click here to learn what to do if power lines land on your car.

Storm Update: Dec. 27, 3 p.m.

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Never touch a downed line, or go near it, no matter how harmless it looks. The line could be energized. 

SWEPCO crews are working to restore power as safely and quickly as possible to 3,300 customers who remain without power after severe storms with high winds and lightning struck the region Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Continue reading “Storm Update: Dec. 27, 3 p.m.”

SWEPCO crews heading to Georgia in preparation for Hurricane Michael

Ninety employees of Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), an AEP company, are heading to Georgia in preparation for Hurricane Michael. Georgia Power asked for assistance from SWEPCO crews after the hurricane makes landfall.

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“Not all heroes wear capes” (AEP Texas thank you editorial for Hurricane Harvey assistance)

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SWEPCO crews from Arkansas ready for another day of hurricane restoration work near Victoria, Texas in early September. Continue reading ““Not all heroes wear capes” (AEP Texas thank you editorial for Hurricane Harvey assistance)”

SWEPCO provides recovery assistance in Florida

 

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SWEPCO crews arrive in Florida and receive work assignments Thursday afternoon.

 

SWEPCO will help restore power after Hurricane Irma with 233 employees assisting Duke Energy Florida. Continue reading “SWEPCO provides recovery assistance in Florida”

Shreveport students write hurricane thank you letters to SWEPCO workers

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SWEPCO got word that 65 seventh-grade American History students at Magnolia School of Excellence 6-12 Campus in Shreveport wrote thank you letters to SWEPCO employees assisting in Hurricane Harvey restoration in Texas. Continue reading “Shreveport students write hurricane thank you letters to SWEPCO workers”