Clay Electric Cooperative is in the process of implementing its Emergency Operations Plan due to the threat posed to its 14-county service area by powerful Hurricane Irma.
The National Hurricane Center is predicting that Hurricane Irma will be located between the Florida Keys and Cuba on Sunday at 2 a.m. Irma is predicted to be a powerful Category 4 hurricane at that time.
Clay Electric General Manager/CEO Ricky Davis met with Chief Operating Officer Frank Holmes this morning to discuss the logistics of bringing in outside crews to help Clay restore service if Irma causes extensive outages in North Florida.
“These steps are to ensure we remain ahead of the curve because this storm’s projected path will obviously affect multiple utilities, causing outside resources to be limited,” said Ricky Davis. “With potential statewide damages, and knowing many contract crews remain in Texas and Louisiana following Hurricane Harvey, we want to be proactive in securing the necessary resources to restore power to our members as efficiently and safely as possible.”
Ricky Davis and Frank Holmes will meet on a regular basis throughout the week as the cooperative’s restoration planning continues.
“What we know for certain at this point is Hurricane Irma is an extremely dangerous hurricane and it has the potential to affect the entire state. What we don’t know is how strong this system will be when it impacts our service area, or if the path will change slightly and spare North Florida,” Davis said.
“I want Clay Electric to be as prepared as possible in advance,” Davis added. “We’ll be monitoring this situation and making definitive preparations as we learn more about where this storm is headed.”
Members are encouraged to visit Clay Electric’s online Storm Center, which features plenty of helpful planning information, including the Hurricane Preparedness Guide, info on generator safety, supply checklists, shelter listings and answers to frequently asked questions.