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Outage Update (Afternoon, March 1)

Power pole down in a county road

HOEC started out the morning with more than 1800 members without power due to the severe storms that passed through the area. As of Wednesday afternoon we are down to approximately 100 members still without power, with crews continuing to work to get power restored to every member. The picture shows a downed power pole in the Birch Tree area that was caused by extreme winds.

Outage Update (Morning, March 1)

HOEC started out the morning of Wednesday, March 1st early, with more than 1800 members without power due to the severe storms that passed through the area. Outages were caused by high-winds, lightning, and trees falling from outside the cooperative right of ways. Crews were dispatched and began working to safely restore power during the early morning hours.

Operating Your Portable Generator Safely

A portable generator can supply electricity to important appliances in your home in the event of a power outage, but using a generator safely is vital. Improper use of a generator can result in serious injury and even death to you or utility workers who are working to restore power. Your appliances, when connected, can also be damaged from improper use of a generator.

Geothermal Heating and Cooling

At Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative, members frequently inquire about efficient ways to heat and cool their homes. There are many options, but this article better illustrates the benefits of installing a ground-source heat pump system (GSHP).

Be prepared for spring storms with a weather radio

Storm season will be arriving soon. Severe storms can happen at any time during the year, but are most common during the months of March through July. According to the National Weather Service, Missouri ranks 10th in the United States among states where tornadoes are common. Missouri will average around 45 tornadoes annually.

February 20th is the last day to apply for CYCLE in July

Logo for the Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (CYCLE)

In order to apply to become a CYCLE delegate, students who are currently Juniors in high school are required to complete an application and answer a few questions about themselves. Details and an official application can be acquired on the cooperative website. The deadline to apply is February 20, 2017.

Be aware: some HOEC members received scam phone calls

At Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative, we have heard from some of our corporate members who have recently received scam phone calls from someone claiming to be with the cooperative. The caller threatens disconnection of electric service unless an immediate payment is made by phone.

Friday Winter Storm Update

Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative officials sat in on a conference call with the National Weather Service in Springfield at 8:00am this morning receiving updates on the winter storm that has affected many areas across the state. The attached image shows the latest ice accumulation prediction.

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