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.

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