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PHOTO CAPTION: In the event of a hurricane or other storm, PowerSouth crews stand prepared to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.
ANDALUSIA, ALA.– Hurricane season begins June 1, and as always, safety is PowerSouth’s number-one priority. A company-wide Emergency Response Plan thoroughly details preparation and restoration guidelines for natural disasters.
“Every employee involved in emergency response knows their role and executes the plan accordingly,” said Terry Wilson, PowerSouth Director of Transmission and Distribution Operations. “We hold annual drills to ensure things operate as smoothly and effectively as possible.”
Forecasters are predicting an above-average hurricane season. The Global Weather Oscillations, a leading hurricane and climate cycle prediction company, predicts the 2014 hurricane season will be stronger and more dangerous than a year ago -- with 17 named storms, eight being hurricanes. Three of the storms are expected to develop into major hurricanes with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater. The hurricane season begins June 1 and extends through Nov. 30.
“There are a lot of things to consider before, during and after a hurricane, and advance preparation is very beneficial,” said Mark Ingram, PowerSouth Communication Manager. “Storm safety drills and action plans are important and could help save lives.”
When a hurricane threatens your area, determining whether you should evacuate or ride out the storm at home is crucial. Generally, if you live on the coastline or offshore islands, near a river or in a flood plain, plan to seek shelter elsewhere. If you live on high ground, away from coastal beaches, consider staying home. In any case, the ultimate decision to stay or leave will be yours.
To allow residents of coastal areas more time to make preparations and get to safe shelters, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issues watches and warnings for tropical storms and hurricanes as early as possible, due in large part to advancements in track forecasts from the National Hurricane Center.
Learn the storm surge history and elevation of your area, and also learn safe routes inland and the location of official storm shelters. As far as your home is concerned, determine in advance where to move your boat in an emergency, trim back dead wood from trees and check for loose rain gutters and down spouts. In addition, if shutters do not protect your home’s windows, prepare boarding to cover them.
For more information about this hurricane season, as well as additional information about storm preparation and generator safety, please visit the Storm Center section of www.powersouth.com.
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