Approximately 100 Georgia Power personnel and crews head to Baton Rouge to assist with storm restoration
Additional 300 support personnel have been cleared to aid in any additional restoration requests
Company crews rolled out to assist Entergy Louisiana as part of mutual assistance network
ATLANTA, Aug. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- As Hurricane Laura made landfall along the Louisiana Gulf Coast as a major hurricane bringing damaging winds and a storm surge overnight, Georgia Power crews were packing trucks and preparing to head to Baton Rouge to provide assistance to Entergy Louisiana. Approximately 100 personnel and crews left from across the state to make their way to a staging location in Baton Rouge before receiving assignments to support restoration after Hurricane Laura. An additional 300 support personnel have been cleared to aid in any additional restoration requests.
Georgia Power is able to provide assistance to other utilities through a mutual assistance network, which consists of hundreds of utilities from around the country. As part of this partnership, Georgia Power is able to respond and offer assistance, providing reinforcements when needed to restore power quickly for other utilities. The company is also able to tap into this mutual assistance network if additional resources are needed to help restore power to Georgia Power customers following a major storm.
With each request for assistance, the company ensures that it has sufficient coverage to respond to any potential local service interruptions.
The company requested and received assistance from other utilities during several major storms that impacted Georgia Power customers previously including Hurricanes Michael and Irma.
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In addition, the company's comprehensive pandemic plans help ensure readiness of the critical personnel and facilities necessary to continue providing the safe and reliable energy customers expect and deserve.
In the field, the power restoration process includes these key steps:
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