As a complex line of storms begins making its way through the Ameren Illinois service territory, the company activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as of 8 p.m. today in a precautionary and monitoring role. The EOC will be staffed around-the-clock to coordinate service restoration, logistical support and communications.
“We are taking the appropriate steps to respond and safely address disruptions to the system should they occur,” said Ron Pate, senior vice president of Operations and Technical Services, Ameren Illinois. “Should outages occur, Ameren Illinois will work closely with hospitals, police and fire departments, and local emergency officials to update lists of critical facilities with outages in their communities. Restoring power to these vital community resources is a priority. Customers can rest assured that we will get to everyone as quickly and safely as possible.”
Ameren Illinois President and CEO Richard Mark added, “Customers are also reminded to take precautions to protect themselves and their families, including staying away from downed power lines and immediately reporting any downed lines to Ameren Illinois.”
Ameren Illinois is taking the following actions to keep customers and personnel safe:
Customer safety tips
The measures customers should take to prepare for a power outage or loss of natural gas service are similar to those needed to prepare for any emergency situation.
In addition to the safety and outage information available at IllinoisOutage.com, customers and media can receive timely updates on outage restoration by following the Ameren Illinois news feed at twitter.com/AmerenIllinois and Facebook.com/AmerenIllinois.