PRECO Closely Monitoring Idalia

Posted: August 28, 2023 at 3:51 pm

Monday, August 28, 2023 

Wauchula, Fla. – Peace River Electric Cooperative is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Idalia’s projected path and encourages our member-consumers to do the same.

PRECO is committed to restoring power to each of our members as quickly and safely as possible. The cooperative has a proven emergency response plan to guide storm preparation and restoration efforts. PRECO employees undergo annual training to prepare for emergencies, such as hurricanes and storms.

If needed, mutual aid crews from other electric cooperatives are on standby to help PRECO restore power. Mutual aid crews and resources are crucial to power restoration following major storms.

Please remember that improper generator hookups can be life-threatening for line crews repairing electric lines and equipment. A generator attached to a home electrical system must have a proper transfer switch installed by a qualified electrician to provide safe backup power. This device prevents the deadly backfeed of electricity onto power lines.

For your safety, never approach downed power lines. They may be energized or could become so at any time. Downed lines can cause injury or even death.

To report an outage, use SmartHub in PRECO’s mobile app or online member portal, text the word OUT to 800-282-3824 or call 800-282-3824. For updates, find PRECO on Facebook and X (formerly Twitter) or visit

Peace River Electric Cooperative (PRECO), a Touchstone Energy® distribution electric cooperative headquartered in Wauchula, Florida, provides electric service and energy solutions to more than 61,000 member-consumers in 10 central Florida counties: Brevard, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Manatee, Osceola, Polk and Sarasota Counties. The cooperative was formed in 1940 as a member-owned, not-for-profit organization.

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