The Jefferson-based Jackson EMC says it is sending 84 electrical workers to North Carolina: they will help restore electricity lost to Hurricane Dorian. An estimated quarter-million homes and businesses in North Carolina were without power overnight.
From Jackson EMC…
Jackson EMC has released 84 contractors to help with the anticipated power restoration efforts in North Carolina from the approaching Hurricane Dorian.
The contractors will be assisting Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation in Southport, N.C., located about 30 miles south of Wilmington. The electric cooperative is preparing its 76,000 coastal members for potential widespread power outages from Hurricane Dorian. As of Wednesday, forecasts call for the Category 2 storm to impact the North Carolina coast.
Jackson EMC regularly uses contractors for construction, maintenance and vegetation management. The contractors being released to Brunswick EMC are overhead line construction crews. Contractor crews who perform vegetation management for Jackson EMC have also been released by the cooperative to assist with anticipated restoration efforts. Our linemen and other support personnel stand ready to respond to our members, if needed.
A principle of co-ops is cooperation among cooperatives. Keeping with that principle, when asked and able, Jackson EMC provides fellow co-ops assistance with power restoration efforts following major outages. The contractors released by Jackson EMC will work alongside Brunswick EMC line crews to safely restore power to the co-op’s members.
Jackson Electric Membership Corporation, the largest electric cooperative in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation, is headquartered 50 miles northeast of Atlanta in Jefferson, Ga. The cooperative serves more than 232,000 meters on 14,198 miles of energized wire. For more information, visit jacksonemc.com.