Prepared for summer storms

Summer is here, school is out and the days are a little longer — and a little hotter. Summer brings with it a slower pace and more family time, but it also brings the possibility of severe storms. When that happens and the lights go out, you can be certain that Sequachee Valley Electric crews are prepared to respond.

Most power outages are caused by falling trees and branches. We work year around to ensure that trees, branches or other types of vegetation grow a safe distance from our power lines.

Despite these efforts, major storms sometimes cause damage to our power distribution system. When this happens, our priority is to safely restore power to as many members as possible in the shortest amount of time.

During widespread outages, one of our first tasks is to assess the damage. This helps us prioritize the repairs and quickly respond to any safety issues. This also explains why our crews may enter your neighborhood and leave without restoring power. Before we can safely make repairs, we must first know exactly what is damaged.

Once we assess the system, we can begin the restoration process. We prioritize the repairs that will restore power to the most homes and businesses, this typically means that we fix main feeder lines first, followed by lines that serve neighborhoods or streets. Finally, we make repairs to service wires that feed individual homes. If the equipment connected to your home — like your meter base — is damaged, remember that an electrician must make those repairs before we can restore your service.

During these events, the more information we have, the better. If your power goes out, please let us know. Call your local SVEC office or our after-hours number, 888-421-7832.

If you don’t want to make a phone call, use our free mobile app to report an outage. While on the mobile app, you can also check our outage map to see which areas are without power and follow restoration progress. If you hear a loud “shotgun” sound — probably a tripped breaker — or see a limb on a line or a downed line, please call and give our dispatchers that information. It will help us find the source of the outage faster. Don’t assume that someone else has reported the outage.

In 2017, SVEC kept the lights on 99.97 percent of the time, but outages do occur. When they do, our crews take their responsibilities seriously. They lace up their boots, grab their gear and get the lights on quickly and safely for the communities we serve.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July, and know that if storms come, SVEC is ready.