When inclement weather arises, Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative is dedicated to maintaining safe, reliable, dependable, and affordable electric service to our members in Northwest Iowa. We provide real-time updates and information in cases of inclement weather and outages throughout the NIPCO transmission system. Always contact your local rural electric cooperative to report outages and visit the Iowa Outage Map for outages by county and REC.
Storm Safety & Outage Restoration
When lightning, storms, heavy snow and ice cause downed power lines and outages, our crews work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power.
1. Stay Warm
Plan to use a safe alternate heat source, such as a fireplace or wood-burning stove during power outage. Never leave heat sources unattended and remember that fuel- and wood-burning sources of heat should always be ventilated.
2. Stay Fed
Several days of food and water supplies that do not need to be cooked should be on hand. Crackers, cereal, canned goods, and bread are among the best options. Five gallons of water per person should also be available in the event of an extended power outage.
3. Stay Safe
When an outage occurs, it can mean that power lines are down. Its is best not to travel during winter storms, however, if you must, bring a survival kit along and do not travel alone. If you encounter downed lines, ALWAYS assume they are live. Stay as far away as possible and report the situation.