Thursday, February 21, 2013
Ameren Missouri's Emergency Operations Center opened as of 7 a.m. today. The company is ready to deploy up to 1,500 linemen, field checkers and tree trimmers in anticipation of the forecasted weather system that will move through our service territory. Additional resources are being sent later today from Iowa and Ohio.
The company has six storm trailers and two mobile command center trailers available for storm restoration efforts. The trailers can be moved across the state to areas expected to be most impacted by the storm. The 53-foot storm trailers are used as mobile warehouses getting needed materials closer to the crews performing restoration work. The trailer is stocked with items such as wire, cross arms and hardware needed to repair electrical facilities.
Ameren Missouri reminds customers that safety is the first and foremost concern. The most important safety rule is to stay clear of downed power lines and always call Ameren Missouri at 1.800.552.7583 or 911 if you see downed lines. Assume all downed power lines are energized. Stay inside, especially at night because you may walk into an energized power line. Stay clear of brush, shrubs and downed trees that may hide downed lines.
While every effort is made to restore power as quickly as possible, customers with special needs-including those with medical conditions, seniors, handicapped and others who are dependent on electric service-may wish to consider making alternative arrangements if outages in their areas persist.
Additional storm safety information is available on Ameren Missouri's Storm Center at AmerenMissouri.com
Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than a century, and our electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. We serve 1.2 million electric and 127,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. Our mission is to meet their energy needs in a safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally responsible manner. Our service area covers 63 counties and more than 500 towns, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit AmerenMissouri.com.