Austin Energy prepared for anticipated storms, possible power outages

December 7, 2018

AE Service Crew Restoring PowerHeavy rains, high winds, and lightning are expected to hit the Austin area today. Austin Energy, the City of Austin’s electric utility, is prepared and has crews on standby in the event of power outages. Troubleshooters and vegetation management crews are fully staffed, with others on notice that, if needed, could be called in to assist with power restoration.

In advance of the storms, Austin Energy customers are urged to sign up for Outage Alerts in order to quickly and easily report outages and receive outage alert information using a mobile phone.

Signing up is easy

  1. Text REGISTER (or REG) to 28746.
  2. Enter the phone number associated with your account or your City of Austin Utilities account number when prompted. If you are texting from the phone number associated with the account, you will skip this step.
  3. Enter your ZIP code.
  4. Enter Y to agree to terms and conditions. 

Updated outage information can be found at outagemap.austinenergy.com.

Remember, each power outage is a unique event. Crews on the scene must safely locate and assess the cause of the outage and communicate with other crews and the control center, often during changing weather conditions. 

Safety Reminder: Austin Energy would like to remind the public to avoid downed power lines and poles. Always consider them energized and stay at least 35 feet away. Electricity can travel through the ground, fences, hoses, tree limbs, and even playscapes. Call 9-1-1 immediately if someone makes contact with a downed wire; do not try to rescue someone who makes contact with one. To report a downed power line, please call 3-1-1.

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