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Date: Thursday, August 29, 2019

Contact: Alison DeLoach, Communications Specialist                                                                 

 

Central Florida Electric Cooperative Prepares For Dorian

 

CHIEFLAND, Fla. - As Hurricane Dorian gets closer to making landfall along Florida’s East Coast, Central Florida Electric Cooperative (CFEC) is already assembling a group of linemen and service restoration personnel to restore power if needed. CFEC has requested mutual aid through the Florida Electric Cooperative Association, which means that additional contractors and assistance from neighboring cooperatives will be ready to serve CFEC’s members as needed.

“We are making necessary preparations and have begun conducting meetings with staff regarding Hurricane Dorian,” said Ben Dawson, CFEC Vice President of Engineering and Operations. “We will continue preparing for the storm and urge our members to take the necessary precautions to be ready as well.”

Dawson added that CFEC has a well-stocked inventory of the material and equipment needed for making repairs, and vendors are prepared to send additional material and equipment if necessary.

Members can report power outages by calling 1-800-227-1302, visiting the website at www.CFEC.com or by accessing the mobile app, CFEC Connect.

Power Restoration

During storm outages, CFEC prioritizes repairs to restore service to the greatest number of people in the least amount of time. Transmission lines and substations are repaired first, followed by main distribution lines that feed neighborhoods; tap lines and individual service lines are then repaired to restore power to members who may still be without electricity.

The following is additional information to prepare for the storm:

  • To sign up for “alert notifications” and for shelter information, check with local fire departments and your counties’ emergency management team:

 

  • If someone in your household depends on electricity to operate needed medical equipment, make plans for alternate sources of power or alternate lodging.

  • Determine safe evacuation routes.

  • Have a first aid kit on hand, including prescription medication in adequate supply.

  • Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, generators and battery-powered equipment. Keep extra batteries on-hand.

  • Invest in a battery/solar powered radio and cell phone charger.

  • Stock several gallons of drinking water and non-perishable foods.

  • Fill bathtubs with water to flush toilets.

 

About Central Florida Electric Cooperative, Inc.

CFEC is a not-for-profit organization that prides itself on being member driven. Our mission is to be the finest example of an electric cooperative where excellent service, competitive rates and concern for the consumer, community and environment guide our every action. CFEC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 

 

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