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Storm Ready


May 24, 2016   By Susan Mungo in Storms and Outages

A hurricane as seen from space can be a tremendously large storm system with the potential to affect millions of people who should always be prepared to keep themselves, their families and their property safe.

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1, and ends Nov. 1. Now is the time to make sure you have a plan and have prepared should a storm threaten our area.

I had only been working at Santee Cooper for about nine months when Hurricane Hugo devastated our direct service territory, which is portions of Berkeley, Georgetown and Horry counties.  I can still remember the confusion and chaos those first few hours after the storm. We were very fortunate that even though our entire system was down, we worked together with the help of the state’s electric cooperatives and crews from surrounding states and had all power restored across the state within two weeks.  We had emergency action plans in place, even some 27 years ago, and that helped us bring back the light that much more efficiently.

We have learned something from every storm that has come our way.  At Santee Cooper, we use that information to fine tune or even change our emergency action plans which help us restore calm after any storm.  We encourage you to also have a plan in place.

Having a family action plan is important and it is also important to communicate that plan with your family so that everyone knows what to do, even if you are not together when a storm hits.

We also encourage you to know your zone.  Know Your Zone is a public education campaign to inform the citizens and visitors of South Carolina of the new hurricane evacuation zones and their vulnerability to storm surge. This can help residents and visitors make an informed decision on whether they should evacuate should a storm threaten the area.

You can find a tracking chart online if you want to track any storm that forms.  If you have a mobile phone, there are apps that can keep you up to date on changing conditions and the Red Cross offers apps that have suggestions on how to prepare for any type of storm condition. You can click here for a list of storm names for this year.

While we all hope for a very quiet hurricane season, it only takes one storm to wreak havoc on our daily lives.  Even small storms can cause local damage.  So just make sure you are prepared and ready for any storm that threatens our area and you will increase your chances of coming out of it unscathed.

Know we are always here for you and you can report or follow outages at: www.stormcenter.santeecooper.com.  Or call us toll free at 1-888-769-7688.