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FreeState is informing members about an upcoming planned power outage that will affect electric services served by the Tonganoxie and Stranger Substations on May 31, 2023, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This outage has been prompted by the Kansas Department of Transportation. FreeState crews will be moving infrastructure at this time as required for the K-16 road project.

FreeState is sending emails and phone calls to members impacted. If you DID NOT get a phone call or email you are likely not impacted by this outage. If you think you are impacted and did not get a phone call or email, let us know and we can make certain your information is updated in our system.

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We understand that many of our members rely on a consistent power supply to work or learn from home effectively. Providing this advance notice is important so that you can make the necessary preparations to minimize any potential inconvenience or disruption to your daily routines.

To ensure a smooth experience during the planned power outage, we recommend the following steps:

  • Inform Your Family and Household: Please inform all members of your household, including your family, roommates, or any dependents, about the scheduled power outage. Discuss the importance of preparing for a temporary loss of electricity and work together to create a plan.
  • Charge Electronic Devices: Prior to the outage, make sure to fully charge your electronic devices, including laptops, smartphones, tablets, and any other essential devices you may need during this time. This will ensure you have adequate battery power to continue working or learning from home, or to stay connected with loved ones via a cellular network.
  • Backup Power Options: If you have a backup source, make sure they are properly maintained, fueled, and ready for use. Learn more about generator safety. 
  • Data and Internet Connectivity: Save any important work or educational files and documents to ensure you can access them offline during the outage. If you rely on internet connectivity for remote work or learning, contact your internet service provider to inquire about backup options such as mobile hotspots or tethering capabilities.
  • Critical Supplies: If you have any necessary medications to cover your family's needs that require refrigeration during the outage, consider a cooler of ice to temporarily keep important items like medication cool. Remember that keeping the refrigerator and freezer doors shut during the outage will help keep items safe inside. Learn more about emergency prep.
  • Communication with Employers and Educators: Inform your employers, clients, or educational institutions about the scheduled power outage and any potential impact it may have on your ability to work or attend online classes. Discuss alternative arrangements or rescheduling options if needed.

We recognize the importance of uninterrupted power for your work and educational commitments, and we apologize for any inconvenience this planned outage may cause. By providing advanced notice, we aim to support you in preparing your homes and families for this temporary disruption.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the planned power outage or need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our office. Our dedicated staff is available to provide support and guidance as needed.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. Your safety and well-being are of the utmost importance to us, and we appreciate your preparedness for this temporary disruption.