North Arkansas Electric Cooperative encourages members to make preparations now in the event freezing rain in the forecast causes power outages.
The National Weather Service’s Little Rock office issued a hazardous weather outlook Tuesday with the possibility of freezing rain in northern Arkansas beginning tonight and continuing throughout Wednesday and Thursday.
“NAEC employees are ready to respond as quickly and safely as possible to any ice-related outages,” CEO Mel Coleman said. “After 2009, we know firsthand the damage ice can cause to our system and want our members to take steps to keep themselves safe in case of an extended outage.”
Members who experience an outage may report it to the dispatch center by using the NAEC mobile app or calling 870-895-3221.
NAEC recommends members always maintain an emergency kit stocked with food, water, prescriptions, flashlights, battery-powered radio and extra batteries. Here are additional ways to prepare for a power outage:
“This winter weather will bring with it dangerously cold temperatures into the weekend and next week,” Coleman said. “We want members to take precautions now to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.”
The Arkansas Public Service Commission’s moratorium on disconnects may be lifted May 3, 2021. Final ruling is expected March 26, 2021. Payment arrangements for past-due balances may be made by calling 870-895-3221.