Ninety employees of Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), an AEP company, are heading to Georgia in preparation for Hurricane Michael. Georgia Power asked for assistance from SWEPCO crews after the hurricane makes landfall.
“In the utility industry, providing mutual aid is not a matter of ‘if,’ but a matter of ‘when,’” said Malcolm Smoak, president and COO of SWEPCO. “Our crews will keep the focus on safety as they work alongside local utility employees to get the lights back on for our fellow Americans.”
Convoys of SWEPCO trucks this morning left SWEPCO service centers in Northwest Louisiana; East Texas; the Texas Panhandle and Northwest and Southwest Arkansas.
Last year, SWEPCO employees helped local utilities restore power after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, respectively. Having additional line crews, damage assessors and other support personnel can help get power back on faster for customers impacted by the storm.