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Facing the storms ahead

AS WE HEAD INTO the heart of the 2020 hurricane season, it feels as if we have already weathered our share of “storms” this year. From the EF-4 tornado that devastated Hampton County in April, to the COVID-19 crisis, we have faced many challenges in 2020.

It is my hope that you, our members, know that no matter what comes our way, Palmetto Electric Cooperative remains committed to providing you with reliable electric service. We work hard every day to make sure our system is resilient, and lines of communication are open. Throughout the “storms” we’ve already faced, we have communicated with members about payments, office closings, outages, community projects and more through local newspaper, magazines, radio and TV stations, as well as our social media accounts and palmetto.coop. We will continue to do so as we move deeper into hurricane season.

While our team at Palmetto Electric has been working to prepare for possible hurricanes this fall, it is important that you do as well. A list of storm safety information and emergency radio stations can be found at palmetto.coop. Here are some helpful tips to remember:

  • Prepare your home: Disconnect TVs and computers, trim limbs or shrubs that may damage your home and board windows if necessary. Put important identification and medical records into a digital format for safekeeping.
  • Have an emergency supply kit ready: Include bottled water, nonperishable food items, flashlights, and extra batteries.
  • Have a plan: In case of an evacuation, fill your gas tank and withdraw cash. Arrange for pets and be sure your family is aware of the evacuation plan. According to the South Carolina 2020 Hurricane Guide, we must all remember that the imminent danger of a hurricane is a greater, immediate threat to your safety than COVID-19. You should use as many precautions as possible to limit the spread of COVID-19 by knowing ahead of time where you will go if storms threaten your home and family.
  • Keep a list of contact information: Include emergency management services, law enforcement, local fire or rescue and utility providers (like Palmetto Electric). Report outages to (866) 445-5551 or MyEnergy online at palmetto.coop or the MyEnergy mobile app.
  • Power pointers: Do not attempt to connect a generator into your home or business circuits unless you contact a licensed electrician. This can be dangerous to you, your neighbors and to linemen. Do not open refrigerators or freezers during an outage unless absolutely necessary. If you see a downed power line, don’t touch it. Don’t touch tree limbs or other objects touching the power line. If you see a line down, call (800) 922-5551 or 911 immediately.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate these storms and any outages they may bring. I also want to say a special thank you to all members and employees who supported the Give 5 campaign. Because of your generosity, we were able to make a difference in the lives of others.

Voting procedures for Annual Meeting

Due to the uncertainty of the current COVID-19 pandemic and with the health and safety of our members and employees in mind, Palmetto Electric has made changes to the format of the 2020 Annual Meeting. MEMBERS ARE ELIGIBLE to register and vote October 8-10.  Here’s what you need to know: Drive-thru voting and registration willContinue Reading

Podcast earns Hilton Head teen $5,000 scholarship

We have a winner!!! A HUGE congratulations to Mackenzie Starnes, Palmetto Electric’s Virtual Youth Experience representative from Hilton Head Island High School, on being part of the winning team for the Virtual Youth Experience Podcast Competition!  Mackenzie, along with her teammates, will receive a $5,000 college scholarship!!! Starnes was part of a three-person creative teamContinue Reading

Virtual Safety Days Program, July 14-16

Due to COVID-19, Palmetto Electric Cooperative will not host its annual Safety Days programs in July.  But Linny still wants to show kids how to “Play it Safe!” We encourage all children to join us, July 14-16, online at palmetto.coop or on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube where we will show daily activities and safety videos.

Local students participate in Virtual Youth Experience

Local students participate in Virtual Youth Experience Congratulations to the six high school sophomores and juniors chosen to represent Palmetto Electric Cooperative on the 2020 Washington Youth Tour (WYT) and Cooperative Youth Summit (CYS). Although these students were not physically able to go to Washington D.C. or Columbia due to COVID-19 restrictions, they did haveContinue Reading

Powering plaid traditions the green way

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – For 12 years, the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing has teamed up with Palmetto Electric Cooperative and Santee Cooper to power the state’s largest sporting event with 100% homegrown, environmentally sound Green Power. The emergence of public health concerns related to COVID-19 delayed this year’s tournament. After some adjustments toContinue Reading

Neighbors helping neighbors

NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS is what the cooperative spirit is all about.  We at Palmetto Electric Cooperative know that our members and the communities we serve have been facing unprecedented challenges and financial hardships as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.  Throughout America, we have seen small businesses close their doors, hard-working individuals lose their jobsContinue Reading

The cooperative spirit in action

In the early morning hours of Monday, April 13, an unprecedented E-F4 tornado tore through the rural communities of Hampton County, bringing destruction unlike anything this area had seen before. The storm wreaked havoc on our system and caused more than 6,500 outages throughout southern Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper counties. Problems were found at threeContinue Reading

5/29 COVID Update + Lobby Reopenings

From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Palmetto Electric Cooperative has remained committed to providing safe and reliable electric service, as well as protecting our employees, members and community. In response to Governor McMaster’s announcement of South Carolina’s “accelerateSC” plan, Palmetto Electric Cooperative will reopen our district office lobbies, beginning June 1, with a strongContinue Reading

Cooperation during a crisis

OUR COMMUNITY has a long history of coming together in times of crisis.  From hurricanes to the recent coronavirus pandemic, we have faced our fair share of challenges together.   As we deal with the new realities brought on by the coronavirus, I first want to assure you that your cooperative is here for you.  We remain committedContinue Reading