Mother Nature is not as predictable as we would like her to be, and when she gets angry, cooperatives are left to pick up the pieces. Floods, tornadoes, snow and ice, and other natural disasters are her methods of destruction and pose major threats to all kinds of infrastructure, including electrical lines and systems.
The coordinators of the IEC Emergency Work Plan (EWP) are ready to respond when the lights go out during emergency situations. Coordinated through the Safety Department of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, the IEC Emergency Work Plan is designed to quickly provide personnel and equipment to any AIEC member-cooperative that needs assistance during an emergency.
When a major storm moves through our area, fellow co-op line crews are ready to help restore power to the greatest number of members in the shortest amount of time possible. Even though co-ops are independent entities, they still rely on each other to share resources, information and manpower.
The best preparation in an emergency is to become familiar with the IEC EWP contacts ahead of time, so you’re ready to respond. In an emergency, contact the Safety Department with the pertinent information at 217.241.7930 or email@example.com. Other contact information can be found on the inside back cover of the AIEC’s current directory. Taking note of these contacts will help to ensure shorter outages for our members, and that’s who we’re here to serve.