How Does Automated Texting Work?
FEC’s system will automatically text you when a power outage is confirmed at the location tied to your cell number in our system. You’ll also receive a text when your power is restored.
Enhancements are coming soon!
- In the coming weeks, the system will also text you automatically when updated information is available (such as a crew assignment or an estimated restoration time). For now, those additional details can be found by visiting our Outage Map.
- If you have more than one account tied to your phone number, you may not be able to receive automatic text messages for all accounts at this time. Our developers are working on this enhancement, and we expect that functionality to be available soon. For now, visit our Outage Map for details on all outages.
The system supports the following prompts when texted to (406) 751-4449:
- Text OUT to report a power outage.
- Text STATUS to request a current outage status.
- Text ISSUE to report a different issue with our electric equipment that’s not causing a power outage, such as a power blink or damaged electrical equipment.
- Text QUIT to opt out of all future outage text updates from Flathead Electric.
Here are a few of the most frequently asked — including directions on how to log into your online account or My Co-op app to update your cell phone number.
Outage Text FAQs
During large outages, some T-Mobile customers may not receive all text updates due to limitations set by the carrier on how many daily messages they allow. Your Co-op is working with our vendor to fix this problem. Until then, T-mobile customers can access the latest updates on our outage map.
Visit our website. You’ll need your username and password to access your account. If you’ve forgotten those, you can reset them by clicking on the lock icon below the login button.
Choose Notifications, then Manage Contacts:
Then, you can check your cell phone number, and add, activate, edit, or delete as desired.
First, you’ll need to download the app if you don’t already have it. Visit the Google Play store for Android phones and the App Store for Apple phones to get this free app.
iOS (Apple) Users
Open the app.
Then, to update your cell phone number, click three buttons in the bottom right corner:
Select Contact Methods
Verify that the phone number(s) associated with your account are up-to-date. If you need to edit them, use the Edit button in the top right corner.
Yes! First, check the outage map to see if your outage is already verified. If it’s not, text OUT to the Co-op’s outage number (406) 751-4449 to report your outage.
After you receive an outage text from your Co-op, simply reply QUIT to unsubscribe.
You can opt back in to text messaging. Using the cell phone/number that you unsubscribed from, text the word "Flathead" to (406) 751-4449.
Still have questions? Contact us! We’re always happy to help.