Cayce, S.C. (June 1, 2017) – Today marks the beginning of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, and SCE&G encourages customers to take time now to understand hurricane risks, get prepared, make a plan and stay informed.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts an above normal hurricane season. Forecasters predict a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms, of which five to nine could become hurricanes, including two to four major hurricanes.
“We never know what hurricane season will bring, and we always hope for the best but prepare for the worst,” said Keller Kissam, president of retail operations for SCE&G. “Last year, when Hurricane Matthew brought destruction across South Carolina, our employees worked tirelessly to restore power to a quarter of a million customers within 72 hours. I cannot overemphasize how much of this was only possible because we prepared in advance.”
Kissam said SCE&G prepares year-round for the potential impact of inclement weather by routinely inspecting poles and wires, using technology to enhance the durability of the lines and conditioning the system to withstand, or quickly recover from, inclement weather.
“We also trim vegetation around thousands of miles of power lines each year to significantly decrease the number of outages during a storm,” Kissam said. “Safety is the number one priority for SCE&G, and we are committed to maintaining the safety of our linemen who work diligently to restore power for our customers during a time of crisis.”
SCE&G advises customers to always avoid downed power lines and report all outages. Customers can report power outages via text messaging using a text-enabled cell phone or mobile device, or by calling 1-888-333-4465.
Other ways to prepare for hurricane season:
- Know your zone and make an evacuation plan. To find your evacuation zone, visit http://www.scemd.org/
- Organize an emergency supply kit for your family with food and other essentials, as well as a list of emergency contact information for reference.
- If flooding threatens your home, turn off electricity at the main breaker to prevent damage.
- Stay informed about breaking news, weather reports and power outages by following government agencies, trusted local media partners and utility providers on social media.
- If you lose power, remember to turn off all major appliances to reduce the potential for damage or fire. Also, make sure you have your phone or tablet close by to report outages.
- For more safety and hurricane preparedness tips visit www.sceg.com. Customers can follow SCE&G on social media to stay up to date on important company updates, learn safety tips and receive information about the restoration process.
South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 713,000 customers in 24 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 361,000 customers in 36 counties in the state.