In many cases, BRMEMC’s members will have been made aware of impending severe weather leading to extended outages that can take several days to repair. Snowstorms, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, ice storms, hurricanes and strong winds can all create multi-day outage situations that challenge BRMEMC’s ability to restore power quickly. If power goes out during these extended outage events, members should:
- Turn off electric heating /cooling systems depending on season (if possible).
- Turn off all appliances and most lights, leaving one light on to signal the restoration of power.
- Open refrigerators and freezers only as needed.
- Report all electric system damage in your community. If you cannot immediately get through to BRMEMC, it will likely be because others in your area are calling to report damage. Be patient yet persistent, remembering that during extended events, there are often several thousand members calling at the same time, and BRMEMC does not have thousands of employees or telephone lines to handle this volume all at once.
- Listen to local radio stations for updates. BRMEMC also uses its Facebook page and website to communicate outage updates whenever possible.
- If the weather is extremely cold or extremely hot, seek alternate shelter, if possible.
- After power has been restored, turn on heating/cooling system and appliances one-by-one over a period of time to minimize strain on the electric system and to prevent cold-load pick-up problems (see Power Outage FAQ on cold-load pick-up for more detail).
- Note: For those Members that have completed the Medical Necessity Exemption form, please be advised that this form does not ensure outage restoration prioritization. In the event of a large-scale, multiple day outage, those Members are advised to seek alternate arrangements to ensure their health is not compromised as a result of a sustained loss of power.