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Do You Qualify for the Medical Alerts?
By: Steve Sokolowski, Marketing Associate
As winter approaches, preparedness for power outages is key. Many members living on our lines rely on a steady, uninterrupted flow of power to keep their medical equipment running. We encourage these members to have a back-up plan for when outages strike. A standby generator or an alternate location likely to have electric service can make all the difference when your medical equipment needs to be powered.
Our members’ health and safety is a foremost priority to us at Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative. We highly encourage all members whose health needs necessitate medical equipment to sign up for our Medical Alert Program. If you or another member of your household fall into one or more of the following categories, we highly encourage you to enroll in our Medical Alert Program:
• You make use of life-sustaining equipment (ex. respirator, dialysis machine) in your home
• You make use of equipment that is not life-sustaining (ex. CPAP machine) but meets a serious medical need
• You are the caretaker of a member of SREC who makes use of medical equipment in their home
Enrolled members will receive advanced notice of planned outages (those scheduled by the Co-op so our crews can safely perform upgrades and maintenance on our utility equipment). This notice should give these members time to enact any back-up plans they have to keep power flowing to their medical devices. While we cannot provide notice of unplanned outages, we find that any notice we can give during winter months is critical in keeping our members with medical needs safe and healthy.
If you qualify, please visit our website at www.sussexrec.com/medalert. You will find the enrollment form and all the details you need to know about the program there.