Road to recovery goes beyond restoring power
Gulf Power Foundation gives $200,000 to relief and restoration efforts
It was about 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, when Hurricane Michael’s fierce winds moved through Bay County, but Gulf Power’s planned response to the storm had begun much earlier. With crews from around the country staged and ready to move in, the mission to rebuild and restore began in full force 12 days ago.
As the storm restoration teams consolidate into the areas of Bay County that were pummeled by the eye wall of Michael, it is clear that rebuilding the electric system alone will not bring back power to thousands of customers left with severely damaged homes and businesses. Although Gulf Power is on track to meet their Oct. 24 restoration timeline for 95 percent of the customers who are able to safely receive power, the restoration work will not stop there. Gulf Power will have crews ready to reconnect customers as soon as they have made the necessary repairs to safely receive power. The restoration progress can be viewed on the updated restoration map.
“This is a long path to recovery. We have more than 200 of our own teammates who live and work in the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Michael, so they know firsthand the challenges our customers are facing,” said Sandy Sims, Gulf Power’s Eastern District general manager, which includes Bay County. “This is our home, and our commitment to rebuilding and recovering extends beyond the electric system. With many of our customers no longer able to safely receive power due to significant damage, the need is great.”
Although restoring power is a critical first step to rebuilding, there are many community partners working diligently to bring needed resources to the communities that have been impacted by Hurricane Michael. From the beginning, Gulf Power has partnered with others that are assisting with recovery efforts in Panama City and the surrounding areas. As part of this effort, the Gulf Power Foundation has made the following contributions.
The Gulf Power Foundation has contributed
“Our community has inspired us. Our storm restoration team has been overwhelmed by the support, appreciation and encouragement they have felt in every neighborhood, even where hurricane damage is the most devastating.” said Sims. “It’s our privilege to be part of this purposeful work of recovery, and right now, we have no greater purpose than helping to restore light and hope for this community.”
Gulf Power wants to ensure customers know what they can do now to ensure they can be safely connected at the earliest opportunity when power is restored to their area.