Southern Company electric and gas units pre-stage crews ahead of Dorian

September 3, 2019

Hurricane Dorian continues to slowly move northward in the Atlantic ocean and just off the southeast coast of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.聽 Dorian's forecast track continues to be uncertain, and vigilance and preparedness remain paramount. Even if the eye of the hurricane doesn鈥檛 make landfall, the risk of damage from heavy rains, devastating winds, and storm surge is real.

Our electric and gas companies as well as other industry peers are pre-positioning workers and equipment in the areas most likely to be hit by the storm. 聽Crews from at least 36 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada have been offered, and all pre-staging resource needs have been met. 聽Due to the uncertain track of the storm, mutual assistance networks continue to stage and reposition crews that are ready to deploy to the areas impacted by Hurricane Dorian.聽

The Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and FEMA are coordinating closely to support the ongoing preparation and staging activities, as well as the movement of mutual assistance crews. Strong industry-government coordination and cross-sector collaboration are critical, and we appreciate the ongoing leadership from DOE, DHS, and FEMA in helping to coordinate the industry response with federal, state, and local officials.

Electricity customers in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas are urged to monitor forecasts closely and heed all evacuation orders. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency for the 20 coastal counties most likely affected.聽 We encourage all residents in those counties to follow the mandatory evacuation orders.聽 People evacuating those areas will help restoration crews respond more quickly to power outages by clearing the roads and allowing easy access for crews to quickly restore electric service to customers.聽