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4 p.m. October 10, 2018

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Joe Wheeler EMC sending crews to assist with Michael restoration

TRINITY - As Hurricane Michael moves inland, 12 Joe Wheeler EMC linemen are preparing to travel to Wiregrass Electric Cooperative to help restore power. Two six-man crews will take six vehicles, including bucket trucks, a material truck, and a digger derrick, to the cooperative, located in the Southeast corner of the state, and get to work as soon as it is safe to do so. Once electricity has been restored to the Wiregrass EC service area, JWEMC crews will be released and moved to affected cooperatives in the Florida panhandle or South Georgia. As of 4 p.m. on Wednesday, more than half of the Wiregrass EC members were without power. 

Joe Wheeler EMC General Manager, George Kitchens, said, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the everyone in the path of this massive storm, and we are prepared to do whatever we can to help bring some normalcy back to the lives of our neighbors in need."

As an Electric Cooperative, Joe Wheeler EMC participates in mutual aid agreements with other electric cooperatives across Alabama and the United States. These agreements allow for cooperative crews to be moved to affected areas as they are needed to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. 

“Alabama’s cooperatives are always willing to help our fellow co-ops when there is a need,” says Alabama Rural Electric Association president and CEO Fred Braswell. "We have assembled 160 men who will travel to sister co-ops in southeast Alabama who have requested help in response to the outages and damage expected from Hurricane Michael.

"Most of the crews will head to southeast Alabama on Thursday morning. After we have helped our state’s co-ops, Alabama crews will assist co-ops in Florida and Georgia as needed.”

Joe Wheeler EMC is an electric cooperative providing reliable electric service to more than 43,000 homes and businesses across Lawrence and Morgan Counties in Northwest Alabama for 81 years.

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