On the heels of the destruction the summer derecho caused in our state, linemen from Iowa’s electric cooperatives didn’t waver in their commitment to assist other co-op members when another massive storm hit.

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Iowans are familiar with destructive storms. From tornadoes and flooding to ice storms and blizzards, the Midwest is a mecca for Mother Nature’s fury. However, on Aug. 10, an unprecedented derecho left its destructive impact on Iowa.

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Did you know squirrels, lightning and trees have something in common? They all have the potential to knock out your electricity. Iowa’s electric cooperatives work hard to keep your lights on 24/7, but unplanned circumstances can occasionally create power outages.

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Cold, snow and biting winds can be relentless against power lines, as well as the linemen entrusted to their care. Plus, find 10 tips if the power goes out.

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A proactive and strategic approach to keeping trees away from power is vital to providing electric cooperative members with safe and reliable electric service.

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September is National Preparedness Month, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency is encouraging all of us to prepare for emergencies. But most of us do better when we prepare for the routine, the extraordinary and the unexpected. For electric cooperatives in Iowa, preparation plays a huge role in ensuring that our members have the electricity they need as soon as they flip a light switch or start an appliance. 

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