SWEPCO says it’s ready if another round of crippling winter storms hit the ArkLaTex


SHREVEPORT, Louisiana (KSLA) – No electricity.

No water.

Roads made impassable by snow and ice.

Thousands and thousands of people affected.

For days for most, for weeks for some.

These were the days during and after the record-breaking and back-to-back winter storms of February 2021.

Should this happen again, SWEPCO says it is ready. “We have made a lot of improvements to our system,” said spokesperson Peter Main.

“Since then, we have increased the winterizations of our power plants and have taken many measures such as locking up equipment. Winterizing some of our essential equipment to build and withstand extreme temperatures as we have seen.

There are also steps consumers can take to prepare. Tune in tonight as KSLA News 12’s Jade Myers explores how to help keep your family safe.

For example, SWEPCO suggests anticipating storms by assembling an emergency preparedness kit that includes:

  • Blankets
  • Flashlights and new batteries
  • Battery operated radios or televisions
  • Candles, matches or lighters
  • Water for drinking and cooking
  • Camping gear like sleeping bags, camping stoves and lanterns
  • Non-perishable foods and a manual can opener
  • Important drugs (prescription and over-the-counter) and medical supplies
  • Baby and pet supplies
  • First aid kit
  • Masks, soap, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes
  • Manufacturer’s instructions for your generator (if you have one)
  • Instructions for manually opening your garage door

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