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texting outageHow to sign up for 

Texting Outage Notification System


We all hate outages. At Southwest TN EMC, we continuously invest in industry best maintenance practices and system improvements in a attempt to minimize loss of power to our members. Yet outages still occur from time-to-time. In an effort to provide more efficient ways to communicate, STEMC now offers a Texting Outage Notification System. Members can now report outages via text message. Through this system STEMC will notify members, who opt-in via text, when outages occur in their area and when power is restored.

Update your phone number

Whether you report outages via phone call or text it is very important to make sure STEMC has a valid cell phone number on your account.

To update, please call your local STEMC office.

The system will update overnight & you may opt-in to the outage texting notification system the following day.


Save 85700 as a contact in your phone.

(85700 is the phone number)

Text STEMC to 85700 to opt-in.

(one time only)

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After opting-in, members should be able to use

Texting Outage Notifications System 

after the system updates within 24 hours.


Text to Report an outage

To report an outage at your address simply

Text OUT to 85700

STEMC will communicate that the outage is received and send a link to our outage map.


To check the status of your outage or see if outages in your area have been reported

Text STATUS to 85700