April 25, 2023 – Falcon, CO – Keeping the lights on to over 54,000 members is always a priority for Mountain View Electric Association. When local weather stations start to predict heavy spring storms, MVEA puts safety, reliability, and storm preparation at the forefront of its communications to members.
Before the Storm:
- Listen to local weather forecasts so you’ll know when high winds or heavy snow or ice are on the way. That kind of weather is most likely to affect power lines.
- Prepare an outage kit that contains a battery-powered radio, fresh batteries, a flashlight, candles, matches, bottled water, canned food, and a can opener.
- Keep MVEA’s phone number handy if you must report an outage - (800) 388-9881.
- Members who rely on electricity-powered life support equipment should have a backup plan for power outages. While MVEA strives to provide continuous electric service to members, we cannot guarantee that occasional power outages or failures won’t occur.
During and After a Storm:
- If members see power lines on the ground or in a tree, stay away, warn others to stay away, and contact MVEA or 911. Lines do not have to be arcing or sparking to be live and energized.
- Any utility wire, including telephone or cable lines, that are sagging or down, could be in contact with an energized power line, also making them dangerous.
- Downed trees and power lines do not mix well. Be alert to the possibility that tree limbs or debris may hide an electrical hazard. Downed power lines can energize objects around them, such as chain-link fences and metal culverts.
- For your safety and the safety of MVEA’s lineworkers, please do not approach crews while they are working and keep a safe distance from MVEA equipment.
MVEA will post storm updates on Twitter (@MVEAInc) and on Facebook (@MVEAInc). All storm resources can also be found on MVEA’s online Outage Center.
About Mountain View Electric Association, Inc. (MVEA)
Mountain View Electric Association (MVEA) is an electric cooperative that was organized in 1941. Today, MVEA serves more than 54,000 members and over 64,000 meters in portions of eight counties – Arapahoe, Crowley, Douglas, Elbert, El Paso, Lincoln, Pueblo, and Washington. The co-op has grown over the years, but one thing remains the same: MVEA still operates on the values we started with years ago – integrity, accountability, innovation, and commitment to the communities we serve. For additional information about MVEA and the electric cooperative difference, visit our website.