Blackouts in Texas
We are coming to the rainy season. Likewise, unexpected storms will arrive, and these storms can cause blackouts in Texas. Here are some recommendations to take care of your family and who to call in case of a power outage.
The electricity distribution network in Texas
Although many believe ERCOT, those responsible for electricity distribution in Texas are not up to date. Let me tell you that Texas is the only state in the US that is self-sufficient in electricity. Of course, there are times when extraordinary things happen, but we cannot blame an entity for some natural disaster. To tell the truth, no state in the US is up to date with its electricity distribution network. Moreover, no one in the world is 100%. ERCOT does everything possible to keep the network in good condition and not have blackouts.
It was a disaster that happened in Texas 2 winters ago with the Valentine's Winter Storm. High temperatures are as serious for the distribution network as low temperatures in winter. And nobody says anything about this summer of 2022 that we had 47 days with temperatures above 100˚F. This can also cause blackouts in Texas.
Let's prepare for a Blackout in Texas.
First of all, try to stay calm. One of the best ways to stay calm is to prepare for an emergency. Communication between family members is important so that everything is under control. Talk to your family and have an emergency plan.
List of articles that can help you in case of a power outage in Texas
Flashlights for each member of the family
Candles and matches
Battery operated radio
A thermometer in the refrigerator
Portable cell phone charger or power bank
This is the least I can recommend. In my case, I have a trunk with the following: dehydrated food, chlorine to disinfect water, solar radio, propane gas, matches, ropes, blankets, repellents, knives, tools, liquid lights, and much more.
When Can You Expect a Blackout?
Although you may not believe or realize it, blackouts are frequent. The reason we don't notice a power outage is that it lasts less than a second. Now, if we pay attention to the weather forecast, we can get an idea of when a storm is coming. Even so, we will never know how strong that storm will be. It never hurts to be prepared for blackouts in Texas.
Emergency Numbers in Case of a Power Outage in Texas
First of all, you have to see who to call in case of a power outage in Texas. The electricity company has nothing to do with a blackout unless the electricity service is provided by a cooperative. Those responsible for re-establishing the electricity will be the utility or the public service company and/or the cooperative that corresponds to it. In case you are outside a cooperative's network, here are the phone numbers for utilities in Texas.
Oncor, Dallas/Fort Worth: 1-888-313-4747
Centerpoint, Houston: 1-800-332-7143
AEP Central and AEP North, South Texas/The Valley: 1-866-223-8508
TNMP (Texas New Mexico Power): 1-888-866-7456
You can also see this information on your electricity bill.
I hope this information is useful to you and if you do have a power outage, move on very quickly and remain calm.
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