Prepared for the storm: Cullman Electric Cooperative readies for fall power outages

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Updated Nov. 20, 2023, at 6:50 p.m.

CULLMAN, Ala. – As the fall storm season approaches, Cullman Electric Cooperative stands ready to tackle any challenges that may arise, including potential power outages. The cooperative’s linemen and operations team are on alert, prepared to respond promptly to ensure minimal disruption to their service area.

“Our team is well prepared for the fall storm season,” said Brian Lacy, manager of communications & external affairs at Cullman Electric Cooperative. “With over 90,000 power poles and more than 3,700 miles of power lines, we are committed to maintaining our distribution system robustly.”

Lacy said that the cooperative conducts regular maintenance, including right-of-way trimming and pole inspections, to fortify its infrastructure. However, storms can cause trees outside these maintained areas to fall and disrupt power lines. “In such events, our linemen will be out there, restoring power as swiftly and safely as possible,” said Lacy.

Lacy also emphasized the importance of community preparedness. He advised residents to maintain an emergency kit containing essentials like bottled water, flashlights, extra batteries, a phone charging battery pack, first aid supplies, canned food and a manual can opener. With the week’s weather forecast not predicting extreme cold, he still suggests keeping extra layers of warm clothing, socks and blankets handy to stay warm during outages.