When Severe Storms Strike

Hurricane Tracking Chart

When severe storms strike, outages can and do happen. Rio Grande Electric Co-op’s crews will be on the job working to restore power as quickly as possible. Sometimes extreme conditions can prevent the speedy restoration of power.  RGEC wants you to have the information you need to keep yourself, your family, and your property safe in emergency situations and/or extended power outages.

Special instructions/preparations from the FDA for those  Critical Care members requiring the use of electrically-powered medical devices.


Before the Storm
During the Storm
After the Storm

FOOD SAFETY: Most food will keep in a full freezer for 48 hours without power, if it remains unopened. A refrigerator will keep most food for 4 hours, if it remains unopened. In the event of longer power outages, refer to the USDA’s publication, A Consumer's Guide To Food Safety-Severe Storms & Hurricanes.


Fifty pounds of dry ice should hold an 18-cubic-foot full freezer for 2 days. Dry ice availability in RGEC territory, as of 8/22/17:

  • Carrizo Springs - HEB
  • Del Rio - HEB (Veterans Blvd.) and Wal-Mart
  • Eagle Pass - HEB and Wal-Mart
  • El Paso - Wal-Mart (Gateway Blvd. and Zaragoza Rd.)
  • Uvalde - HEB, Wal-Mart, and Uvalde Meats


Texas is prone to disasters of all kinds – from severe weather events to industrial accidents. Terrorism also is a threat. Find out what risks are common where you live. Might your community suffer a wildfire, drought, flood, tornado, ice storm or hurricane? What about hazardous materials incidents or other types of accidents?

When severe weather threatens, tune in to local radio, television or get information online from the National Weather Service about NOAA Weather Radio. Learn the difference between a watch and a warning. A watch means that dangerous weather is possible. A warning means it's about to happen; seek shelter now.


  • Texas Division of Emergency Management
    The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) coordinates the state emergency management program. TDEM ensures state and local governments respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters. They also implement plans and programs to help prevent or lessen the impact of disasters.


  •  Plan and Prepare
    As public health emergencies arise in the United States, many people are concerned of recent hurricanes, tsunamis, acts of terrorism, and the threat of pandemic flu. The American Red Cross and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have teamed up to answer common questions. They also provide guidance on steps you can take now to protect you and your loved ones.


  • Ready America
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security promotes individual emergency preparedness through the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps. They work together to inform Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies like natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. They also have sections for older Americans, people with special needs, and pet owners.



This page was last edited by cj 1/9/2018 9:48:19 AM