PRECO Closely Monitoring Hurricane Irma

Posted: September 7, 2017 at 7:00 am

Wauchula, Fla. — Peace River Electric Cooperative (PRECO) is closely monitoring Hurricane Irma. The cooperative has a proven emergency response plan designed to adequately guide its storm preparation and restoration efforts, as needed. PRECO employees undergo annual training for emergency situations and stand ready to quickly respond if power is interrupted by this storm.

In the event of a power outage, PRECO reminds you that improper generator hookup can create serious problems in safety and service. A generator attached to a home electrical system must have a proper transfer switch installed by a qualified electrician in order to provide safe backup power. This device prevents the deadly “backfeed” of electricity onto power lines which could endanger the lives of PRECO line crews working to restore power.

PRECO urges everyone to review their personal emergency plan in advance of the storm. For preparation tips, an emergency kit checklist, hurricane facts and more, visit PRECO’s “Storm Central” web pages at

For your safety, never approach a downed power line because it may be energized.

To report an outage, use PRECO’s SmartHub mobile app, text OUT to 8002823824 (prior registration required) or call 800-282-3824. For updates, find us on Facebook and Twitter or visit