AUG. 1, 2020 (NEWPORT, NC) In preparing for Hurricane Isaias and possible widespread damages to its electric distribution system, CCEC is taking additional precautions in light of COVID-19.
Safety is paramount for cooperative line crews, and this year, safety protocols will include measures like increased physical distancing, wearing masks and limiting the number of personnel per vehicle. Revised protocols also include wellness evaluations and daily health screenings. Emphasis will be placed on keeping crews separate from one another and isolating crews and other employees working together during lodging. Sharing of equipment, tools and devices will be limited as much as possible to avoid cross contamination, and stringent cleaning and disinfecting measures will be undertaken.
“Our crews, as well as contract crews and any visiting co-op crews, will work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible with these protocols in place,” said CCEC Communications Director Lisa Galizia. “However, the necessary COVID-19 safety measures may increase response times, and we will need your patience. One thing you can do to help is to keep your distance as crews work to make repairs.”
CCEC members can track outages online.
“Our metering and substation monitoring systems alert us whenever the power goes out, so there is no need for members to call to report outages,” Galizia said. “We will provide updates regularly to local media and government officials, on our website and through social media.”