The City of Osawatomie continues to produce electricity through our generation capacities but we have reached a critical point. Our power pool is out of electricity and is having to purchase from others. Because of this, the City of Osawatomie was entered into Emergency Energy Alert Level 2 (EEA2) this morning. If we do not IMMEDIATELY reduce our energy consumption, we could trigger into EEA3, which would mean rolling blackouts or widespread outages for the next several days.
PLEASE be looking for ways to reduce your household’s electric and natural gas usage.
Remember to keep warm, but not hot. Do not run your appliances (dishwashers, laundry machines, garage fridges, etc.) If it’s safe to do so, please turn off space heaters, or turn down other heating elements. Unplug kitchen appliances that are not in use, turn off lights when the room is vacant, and keep doors closed in your home to reduce the strain on your furnace. Use blankets, towels, sheets, plastic or other material to cover drafty windows and doors if you cannot obtain weather stripping or caulk.
We are extraordinarily grateful to the O-Zone for agreeing to close today and tomorrow to help lighten the load, and would encourage other businesses who are able to close to do the same. If you own a business but are not able to close, please also be looking for ways to reduce your energy consumption while maintaining operations.We have not seen weather this severe for this many consecutive days since 1989.
The “unprecedented” theme of 2020 has carried into 2021 and we are working as hard as we can to stay ahead of it but we desperately need the help and cooperation of our community at this time.The Municipal Auditorium is still a designated warming center for those that need it, but it will be difficult to maintain that operation should we be forced into EEA3. We need your help.Please conserve as much energy and natural gas as you can. This will take effort from all of us.
Please know that we are NOT the only community facing this issue. Our neighboring cities and cities in the KC Metro are also struggling, and several have already implemented rolling blackouts in an effort to conserve power. Please share this post with your friends and neighbors. We can only get through this together.Thank you, and please stay safe. The Osawatomie Fire Department and Osawatomie Police Department are available 24/7 should you or anyone you know need assistance during this time.
To stay up to date on the City’s navigation of this critical power issue, please tune into our website, social media channels, and sign up for emergency notifications from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office “Everbridge Alert” system.