Tropical storm advisory: Safety tips for electric service

EMC release
Posted 9/4/18

SUMMERDALE, Alabama — Baldwin EMC is preparing for the arrival of Tropical Storm Gordan today and crews are on emergency storm alert status. The co-op encourages the public to be aware of the …

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Tropical storm advisory: Safety tips for electric service

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SUMMERDALE, Alabama — Baldwin EMC is preparing for the arrival of Tropical Storm Gordan today and crews are on emergency storm alert status. The co-op encourages the public to be aware of the following:

-- As the storm approaches, Baldwin EMC crews will continue to provide restoration service until weather conditions require them to stop for safety reasons.

-- Members who depend on electric-powered healthcare equipment should immediately seek alternative shelter or obtain a backup source of power for their equipment. While Baldwin EMC is committed to restoring power as safely and quickly as possible, it cannot guarantee uninterrupted service.

-- Members can expect to experience flickering lights as wind speed increases with the storm's arrival. Sustained outages may begin early during the storm’s onset. Restoration efforts will begin when it is safe for crews to return to the field.

-- Stay away from fallen power lines. Assume that any line is conducting electricity. During the storm, call Baldwin EMC only to report an emergency, such as downed, sparking power lines.

-- Baldwin EMC will begin damage assessment immediately following the storm, including, if necessary, seeking help from other cooperatives.

-- Power outages are likely in hardest hit areas. Information about restoration efforts will be provided as soon as it is available. Again, please call Baldwin EMC only to report emergencies.

For the most up-to-date outage information, follow Baldwin EMC on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or visit baldwinemc.com.

Baldwin EMC is a member-owned electric cooperative serving more than 75,000 accounts in Baldwin and Monroe Counties in southwest Alabama, including Alabama’s Gulf Coast. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.