A mother, son, father and daughter sit at a couch looking at a map for their family emergency plan. Emergency supplies and food are on the coffee table. Backpacks and clothes are on the couch and floor.

Be A Fam With A Plan

It’s not pleasant to think about worst-case scenarios, but a little planning can make a big difference if the worst happens. Follow these tips to avoid feeling helpless during a disaster. Before Communicate:  Talk with your family about who to call, where to go and what to do if disaster strikes.  Educate: Plan different strategies…

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Lasers Protect Birds and Prevent Large Electric Outages

Why do you live where you live? Is it close to where you earn your income that feeds your family? Is it a structurally sound building in a safe neighborhood? These are the same reasons birds choose to nest inside electric substations. The steel beams and small hiding spots within electric substations offer sanctuary to…

Lightning strikes ground, dark blue clouds hang above. Lightning is the most common cause of a power surge.

Surge Protection for $6 A Month

A power surge is an unexpected increase in voltage. Regardless of the cause, power surges can damage electronics in your home. Benton REA offers surge protection at your electric meter for only $6 a month. But first, let’s look at common causes of power surges and how you can protect your sensitive electronics. One of…

Benton REA Lineworkers prepare to set a new power pole. Photo by David Herder.

A Day on the Lines

Benton REA Line crews work hard day and night to keep the lights on Story and photos by David Herder As the Benton Rural Electric Association lineworkers arrive to their worksite on a late February morning, the poles they plan to raise are covered in snow. For the past week, foreman Chris Hill and his…

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Irrigating Around Electricity

Know the Risks and How to Safe Safe Spring planting is around the corner. Whether you’re a large producer or backyard gardener, keeping safety in mind as you plant and irrigate can save your life. Know What’s Below Do you know where the overhead and underground utilities are on your property? The safest and simplest…

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Power Outage Safety Before, During, After Storms

Weather-related electric outages happen year-round. Be prepared before a flood, snow, ice or wind storm strikes. Before the Storm Save 800-221-6987 in your contacts so you can quickly report outages. It’s equally important to give Benton REA your current phone number and email address so you can be informed about major outage restoration and planned…

Llightning and Powerlines, Photo by Pat Gaines

Understanding Power Surges and Blinks

Have you noticed your lights blink during a storm? Perhaps you’ve noticed a blinking microwave clock when you arrive home. When this happens, you’ve likely experienced a brief disruption to your electric service, which could result from a power surge or blink. While the symptoms of surges and blinks can appear similar, what’s happening behind…

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Get familiar with Cyber Basics

At a time when we are more connected than ever, being “cyber smart” is of the utmost importance. This year has already seen more than a fair share of cyber attacks and breaches, including the high-profile attacks on the Colonial Pipeline and other critical infrastructure. Furthermore, cyber attacks are becoming more sophisticated with more evolved…

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2021 Kids’ Electrical Safety Poster Contest

Posters are due August 19 for this year’s Electrical Safety Poster Contest.  All elementary-age children whose parents or guardians are Benton REA members with active electric accounts are  eligible. Prizes will be distributed at the Benton REA Annual Meeting on September 18 in West Richland. The following prizes will be awarded for each age category:…

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A Lot of Security for Less Than a Latte

PowerNET’s managed router service helps families and businesses manage their internet network For the cost of one large latte, have peace of mind about your home internet network. PowerNET’s managed router service helps families and businesses maximize their internet use while helping protect everyone connected for just $5 a month, regardless of your internet provider.…