Storm Safety Tips
In the event of a power outage, contact Linn County REC right away. Don’t assume that someone has already called. Every call helps determine the location and extent of an outage.
When a storm or extensive outage occurs, Linn County REC enables its automated phone outage system (PORCHE). PORCHE allows us to track the outages and helps prioritize restoration efforts. Prioritization is based on the number of members affected and the speed at which restoration can be made. In most cases, this starts at the substation and works out to the individual.
When a call is placed, the PORCHE system can immediately recognize where the call is coming from using caller identification (caller ID). Please make sure to enter the telephone number of the Linn County REC account where the outage is occurring, NOT the cell phone or other phone number you are calling from.
Following these storm safety tips:
1. Have emergency numbers, including Linn County REC’s, posted by the phone and always have a corded or cellular phone in your home. Cordless phones will not work during a power outage.
2. Keep a battery operated flashlight, radio, clock, and extra batteries on hand.
3. Disconnect electronic equipment and as many appliances as possible. This will prevent damage from a power surge that may occur during power restoration.