Hurricane Matthew will likely bring massive power outages in Florida and South Carolina, and electrical workers from Tennessee will be among those helping get the power back on.
More than 80 electric cooperative lineworkers plan to leave for the coast early Friday morning.
“Eight electric cooperatives in Tennessee are sending personnel and equipment to Florida and South Carolina to assist electric cooperatives impacted by this massive storm,” said David Callis, executive vice president and general manager of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “We are proud of these volunteers who are leaving their families to help others in need. This will be hard, dangerous work in difficult conditions.”
Those workers will include 11 lineworkers from Appalachian Electric Cooperative in New Market who will head to Keystone Heights, Florida, and ten lineworkers from Plateau Electric Cooperative in Oneida who will be going to the Charleston area.
Electric cooperative organizations across the southeast have mutual aid agreements to assist in the event of a natural disaster.
“One day, we will need help,” said Callis, “and when that tornado or ice storm arrives, we know that this assistance will be repaid. Cooperation is one of the founding principles of electric cooperatives. It is what makes us different from other utilities.”