When severe spring weather hits

Posted on May 07 2024 in Harrison REMC


When severe weather hits, we respond quickly and make repairs that restore service to the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time. Who gets their power restored first? How do we make those decisions? Harrison REMC intends to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. These are the steps we take when deciding where to send crews during a widespread outage.

Substations, transmission lines, and emergencies

Harrison REMC has 15 substations and one metering point where electricity is sent out over the distribution lines. Any problems with the substations or the transmission lines getting the power to that substation must be attended to first before other damages can be detected and repaired. During this time, we also respond to emergency accident situations.

Main distribution lines

Distribution lines carry electricity from substations to homes, farms, and businesses. Harrison REMC checks its main distribution lines if the problem doesn’t involve a transmission line or substation.

Supply lines

Harrison REMC’s main distribution lines branch off into final supply lines, often called tap lines. The crews work supply line outages to restore electricity to the most significant number of members at one time.

Individual outages

Sometimes, a problem lies at an individual transformer or on a tap line that serves one meter. These are usually the last to be restored unless a crew is working on supply line outages in the same area. During a storm, trees are usually the culprits in these individual outages.

Our greatest concern during outages will always be keeping employees and members safe. That is achieved by great communication and keeping everyone well informed druing these events. Also, “like” Harrison REMC on Facebook for current outage updates and check the website outage.harrisonremc.com for the live outage map.