ElectriCities, public power communities prepare for snow in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 2, 2002 — Public power communities across North Carolina are keeping a close eye on the weather forecast. Crews are getting ready to respond to power outages should they occur.

Snow and ice can cause power outages, by weighing down tree limbs, causing them to break and fall onto power lines. Accumulations of just 1/4 inch of ice can cause limbs to break or lean into power lines.

The ElectriCities Emergency Assistance Program (EAP) is prepared to go into full activation if necessary. The EAP program was established in 1986 as a way to help the state’s 74 public power systems restore power quickly. The program works by dispatching crews to the cities that need help from cities that have not been impacted by the storm or who have already restored power. Out of state public power communities are also placed on standby to respond.

“The Emergency Assistance Program coordinators in our member cities are prepared to go into full activation,” said Bonnie Smith, the EAP coordinator. “It’s a program that works well thanks to the cooperation of our public power communities.”

Residents of public power communities should contact their local town utility department to report power outages or limbs resting on power lines.

ElectriCities of North Carolina is a service organization representing cities, towns and universities that own electric distribution systems. ElectriCities provides customer service, safety training, emergency and technical assistance, communications, government affairs, and legal services for 99 cities in the Carolinas and Virginia, 51 of which are members of the power agencies.

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