Outage & Powerline Safety

To report an outage, call Orange County REMC Outage Management System 
CALL 1-855-865-2229 and choose "option 1.

(Please do NOT use email, Facebook posts or Facebook Messages to report an outage. There is no guarantee our personnel will see those messages, however, our CALL CENTER is staffed 24/7.)

If your lights go off during a storm, be prepared for the power outage. Assemble supplies to have on hand rather than rushing around when the storm is coming and waiting in long lines for milk or bread. Rotate your supplies to keep them fresh and use the following checklist to prepare for power outages:

Have Plenty of Food
  • Keep a 3- to 5-day supply of drinking water in plastic bottles. Plan on at least 1 gallon of water per person, per day.

  • Store a manual can opener with enough nonperishable foods for 3 to 5 days. Canned meats, tuna fish and peanut butter are good foods to store. Don’t forget pet foods!

  • Conserve water by using paper plates and plastic utensils.

  • Have a camp stove or grill for outdoor cooking.

Stay In Touch
  • Have a portable, battery-powered radio and alarm clock.

  • Have one phone that will work even if power is interrupted. This means a landline phone that is NOT cordless, or a cell phone. IF you rely on a cell phone, be sure you have a way to keep your cell phone battery charged if your power is out for an extended time, like a car charger, or solar charger. Also consider keeping a cell phone "power bank" handy.

  • Plan where to meet and how to communicate with family members if separated.

  • Keep essential family member contact information near your phone, in your wallet, and in your glove compartment.

Keep Things Going
  • Keep plenty of gas in your car.

  • Keep extra batteries, matches, propane, charcoal and firewood.


Stay Happy, Healthy and Warm
  • Coordinate with neighbors for care of the elderly and disabled living alone.

  • Maintain a supply of prescriptions, nonprescription drugs, vitamins and special dietary foods.

  • Playing cards, books, drawing and writing supplies, and board games help pass the time. If you have a video camera and tapes, your family can make a storm documentary.

  • Keep sanitary and personal hygiene supplies replenished. (Pre-moistened cleansing towelettes are useful and help conserve water.)

  • Use plastic trash bags and ties for garbage.

  • Put first-aid kits in your home and car.

  • Make sure you have cold weather clothing, foul weather gear, blankets and sleeping bags.

  • Consider purchasing alternative UL-approved heating devices. For example, a fireplace insert or wood stove will keep the heat in your home instead of up the chimney.

  • Use flashlights and other battery-operated lighting instead of candles.

  • Keep fire extinguishers fully charged.

  • Fill your bathtub with water for bathroom use before the storm (if you have a well).

Check to see current weather conditions

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