Community Electric Cooperative readies for Florence

Published 4:37 pm Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Jessica D. Parr


Community Electric Cooperative staff is preparing for the heavy rain, wind and thunderstorms in the forecast for Hurricane Florence. CEC Chief Operations Officer, Jonathan Thompson reports, “We have implemented a plan of action to coordinate our response to the anticipated severe weather. We have been in contact with our statewide association to have additional resources and support on standby from other Virginia electric cooperatives should they be needed. Tree crews are on standby for the aftermath in addition to equipment and materials being readied as we face the possibility of wide-spread outages and damage throughout our service territory.”

As CEC continues to monitor the progress of the storm, Thompson says, “Our cooperative mission is ‘to safely provide our members exceptional, courteous, and reliable service, at a competitive cost’ is not a statement we take lightly; we take a great deal of pride in providing an extremely high level of reliability.”

Community Electric Cooperative wants to remind its members to be prepared and safe. Have flashlights, a battery operated radio and plenty of batteries available as well as bottled water and non-perishable foods. Stay away from any downed power lines, trees on the line, or anything touching a line. If you use a portable generator, make sure it is properly connected.

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JESSICA D. PARR is manager of communications for Community Electric Cooperative. Contact her or 242-6181.