Upon request of the Houston County Courier, the Houston County Electric Cooperative (HCEC) issued the following statement regarding preparations for the potential impact of Hurricane Harvey:
The current path of Hurricane Harvey shows potential impact in Houston County Electric Cooperative's service territory. Ahead of the storm, Alert Level One of HCEC's Emergency Response Plan was activated Wednesday, Aug. 23.
As always, the impacts of the storm can be unpredictable, but HCEC is prepared with our emergency response plan to ensure that we can safely and efficiently maintain and restore power to all of our members.
Our employees will be working hard throughout the storm to make sure that we are bringing our members the best service possible. Our mission is to continually improve our members' quality of life by providing reliable and cost effective electric service, so our number one priority is to keep the lights on for all of our members in the safest and most efficient way possible.
To report an outage in your area, call 1-800-970-4232.
We always encourage our members to be prepared for any disaster. A few things we suggest to keep on-hand are:
Five gallons of drinking water, in bottles or jugs, for each member of the household
Enough canned food or packaged nonperishable food for several days
Candles and matches
Change of clothes for each member of the household
A basic first-aid kit
Keep these supplies in a clean, dry area that will be easy to reach in an emergency.