Electric cooperatives across Arkansas are on alert and AEP Sourthwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) is preparing for winter storms across its service territory, with the highest impact in Arkansas, where heavy accumulations of ice and snow are expected.

The 17 local electric cooperatives have been planning and preparing for the predicted winter storm for several days.

Their efforts include securing assistance agreements with contractor line and right-of-way crews and mutual aide arrangements with electric cooperatives both within Arkansas and surrounding states.

Several of the cooperatives are successfully utilizing social media and web-based communications to educate their members on these preparation efforts. In the event of outages, the cooperatives will use the same communications tools and mainstream media outlets to convey the latest information to their members.

The cooperatives urge the public to be prepared for what could be a significant weather event and may result in outages lasting several days.

The goal of the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas is the ensure that any disruption of service is restored as quickly and safely as possible.

SWEPCO has assembled over 350 total resources from Oklahoma, Alabama, Missouri, Louisiana and Texas to assist with strom recovery efforts.

SWEPC’s power outage report number is 1-888-218-3919, and is available 24 hours per day. Customers can also report outages online and on mobile devices at SWEPCO.com. Customers can look for outage updates on SWEPCO.com and Facebook.com/SWEPCO.