Important Information For Our Medically Essential Members


At Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, we know that reliable electric service is important to all of our Members. For those Members who are medically dependent on electric powered equipment to sustain life, reliable electric service is a necessity. That is why we have established a Medically Essential Service Program for our Members.


Medically Essential


Medically Essential Member is a person who has a residential electric service and is medically dependent on electric powered equipment that must be operated continuously or as circumstances require (as specified by a physician) to avoid the loss of life or to avoid serious medical complications requiring immediate hospitalization of the Member or other permanent residents at the Member’s residential service address.

Should an outage occur, Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative will restore service as soon as can be reasonably expected depending on the power outage circumstance. In the event of a disconnection of service, the Cooperative will attempt to contact the Member 24 hours prior to disconnecting service as a courtesy. If contact cannot be made, the Cooperative will attempt to send an employee to the Members residence to notify them in person or by leaving a written note regarding the scheduled disconnection. This program does not exempt Members from disconnection of service if they do not keep payment arrangements.

Members should develop an action plan that includes having back-up power and/or an alternative power supply in the event of an interruption of electrical service.

To get registered, Members should contact or visit their local Cooperative office for the proper form or use the link below to a downloadable PDF document.                                                                                                                                                                           

Please return the completed form either in person to our general office address below or by mail to the address below:

Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc.

14651 21st St.

Dade City, FL 33523

Emergency Management Contact

Citrus County : 352-249-2703
Hernando County : 352-754-4083
Pasco County : 727-847-8137
Polk County : 863-298-7000
Sumter County : 352-689-4400

WREC – P.O. Box 278 – Dade City, Florida 33526-0278 – Phone 352-567-5133 – Fax 352-521-5971


To register with the Florida Special Needs Registry which is a voluntary program that provides transportation, evacuation assistance, and sheltering to residents who do not have the means to evacuate on their own or for those requiring health or medical considerations to the Special Needs Shelter please click here.