In preparation for Hurricane Michael, the Florida Municipal Electric Association has activated the American Public Power Association mutual aid network and, once again, the response from across the country has been tremendous.
By tonight, we will have approximately 125 power restoration personnel pre-staged in Tallahassee, Amy Zubaly the executive director of the Florida Municipal Electric Association, said early Tuesday. Another 60 resources had been added to the list of expected arrivals by late afternoon.
In preparation for the storm, crews from public power utilities across Florida (about 90 personnel from 10 utilities), Tennessee (21 personnel from three utilities), and Lafayette, Louisiana (14 personnel), will be arriving in Tallahassee, she said.
More crews from other public power utilities in Florida (another 60-plus personnel once cleared from their own potential impact), as well as more than 200 personnel from Indiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri and Texas are planning to make their way toward Tallahassee for a Thursday arrival, with many other utilities and states still gathering their available resources.
Additionally, crews in Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas are on standby for us once they are cleared from threats to their own areas. Those crews are prepared to assist with any impacts to Quincy, Blountstown, Havana and Chattahoochee, as well as additional support for Tallahassee if needed.
The later announced additional arrivals were coming from Tennessee, Ohio and New England, Zubaly said.
We appreciate the outpouring of support from our fellow public power communities throughout the United States. These crews leave their homes and families to work in challenging, sometimes dangerous, situations. We will be forever grateful.”
Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall sometime Wednesday, possibly as a Category 3 hurricane.
Currently, the Florida public power utilities of Tallahassee, Havana, Chattahoochee, Quincy and Blountstown are all in the potential impact zone.
Amy Zubaly, executive director, Florida Municipal Electric Association