Critical Loads

Electricity is a lifeline for members with medical equipment and farmers with confined animals. It is good to notify REA if you have confined animals or if you use medical equipment, such as:

  • Respirators
  • Oxygen concentrators
  • Home dialysis
  • Bi-pac/c-pap machines
  • Other human life-threatening medical conditions

REA maintains this list so that we may attempt to notify members prior to a planned outage.

Having your name on REA’s Critical Load List does not necessarily mean we will restore power to your location first. During an outage, we restore power to the largest group of members first. This strategy provides the highest probability that Critical Load members are restored quickly.

When possible, Critical Load members will receive advance notice of planned power outages. The notification allows members to make alternate arrangements during the outage, if necessary. We encourage members to be prepared with back-up plans in case of an outage.

Please notify REA if the person with the medical condition moves off the REA system, no longer needs life support or has passed away, so that we can keep our list current.

If you haven’t notified REA, please complete the online form below.