If you know a storm is approaching, you should stay tuned to a NOAA Weather Radio as well as local radio or television stations for the latest warnings and watches. In the event of outages associated with a major storm, Laurens Electric Cooperative will provide updates to the local media.
Stay informed about the weather in your area. If you’re warned about approaching violent storms that could cause power outages, turn the temperature in your refrigerator and freezer to the lowest setting, to provide maximum chilling before hand, should the power go off. Make sure you have flashlights, fresh batteries, and a battery operated radio in working condition, and fill containers and your bathtub with water.
After the storm, remember to use care when checking your property for damage. Immediately report fallen power lines to authorities and never approach downed lines. Safety is a primary concern for everyone when it comes to preparing for storms – but it’s also very important when restoring power. To get the greatest number of homes back on as quickly as possible, repairs are made to primary feeders first. Primary taps are repaired next and then lines and services to individual homes are restored.
To report an outage, call Laurens Electric Cooperative toll free at 1-800-942-3141. We continually monitor our electric distribution system and keep emergency work crews on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also improve outage response time and accuracy by ensuring the co-op has the correct phone number for your account. To update your account information, call or complete this form.