KIUC Members Urged to Prepare for Severe Weather

With potential high winds being forecasted for Kaua’i on Sunday, December 18, and Monday, December 19, KIUC members should prepare for possible extended outages. Preparation tips include:

  • Protect your appliances and sensitive equipment from power outages and surges that may occur by using surge protectors
  • During a storm turn off and unplug all unnecessary appliances or equipment
  • Keep a portable battery-powered radio and flashlights on hand with extra batteries
  • Prepare coolers with ice to preserve food in the event of an extended outage
  • In case of loss of power, when the power comes back on and is steady, gradually plug in your appliances

Members who do experience a power interruption are encouraged to verify the outage on the outage map. A link can be found on the home page of KIUC’s website: Members can also find outage information on KIUC’s Facebook page:

“One of the great advantages we have now is our advanced metering infrastructure or AMI,” said KIUC’s Chief of Operations, Brad Rockwell. “We know immediately when and where outages occur. That allows us to begin to map out a plan for restoration even before we can physically get out to inspect damage.”

Rockwell noted that the ability for crews to respond immediately to outages will depend on the weather conditions. “Safety of our crews must come first,” said Rockwell. “We appreciate our members’ patience and encourage you to prepare for extended outages.”

While there is no need for members to call KIUC to report outages, emergencies – such as downed power lines – should be reported. Members are advised to stay clear of downed lines or other emergencies, and report the incident to 911.