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CEO Column: Monsoon storm safety

August 3, 2023

Last month, I talked about monsoon storms and how Trico works year-round to ensure you continue receiving reliable power. As the monsoon season rolls in with its powerful storms and heavy rains, it’s essential to prioritize safety and be prepared for potential hazards.

Our safety motto at Trico is Safety Matters and Concern for Community is a principle we live by every day. Trico has an employee Safety Committee that meets every month to discuss safety topics and develop programs to help protect employees, our Members, and the communities we serve. This month the Safety Committee suggested that we remind Members of the dangers of downed power lines and provide storm safety advice to help our Members and their families avoid risks.

To ensure your well-being and that of others, it is crucial to understand the dangers associated with downed power lines and learn how to avoid them.

Here are some essential tips to stay safe during monsoon storms and protect yourself from downed power lines.

  • Make sure to fully charge all cellphones, laptops and devices so you have maximum power in the event of a power outage. Set aside basic household items you will need, including flashlights, batteries, a manual can opener and portable, battery-powered radio or TV.
  • In the event of an outage, turn off appliances, TVs, computers and other sensitive electronics. This will help avert damage from a power surge and will also help prevent overloading the circuits during power restoration. Keep one light on so you will know when power is restored.
  • During thunderstorms, avoid electrical equipment and land-based telephones. Keep away from windows.
  • After the storm, avoid downed power lines and walking through flooded areas where power lines could be submerged. Power lines could be submerged and still live with electricity. Report any downed lines you see to Trico by calling 520-744-2944 immediately. Allow ample room for our crews to safely perform their jobs – including on your property.

Stay informed by signing up for Trico’s Outage Notifications through our SmartHub app or on our website at You can report an outage from SmartHub or by texting “OUT” to 855-937-1858.