Santee Cooper Is Ready for Hurricane Season, Encourages Preparation
Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Santee Cooper is reviewing plans and making preparations as we approach hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. Approximately 2 million South Carolinians depend on the utility as their power source, either directly or through the state’s electric cooperatives.
Employees have been updating and reviewing emergency plans and checking supplies and equipment. Santee Cooper is also preparing in the event they have to call in additional line crews to restore power quickly during the course of a hurricane. This kind of preparation was instrumental for Santee Cooper during Hurricane Florence last year, when the utility took just three days to restore 50,000 customers who lost power because of the storm.
Santee Cooper encourages customers to prepare their homes and families in case a hurricane hits the region this year. Hurricane preparation tips include:
- Assembling an emergency kit with water, non-perishable food, medications and any important documents before a hurricane or tropical cyclone impacts your area
- Having a hurricane plan and making sure everyone in your household knows the plan
- Knowing your evacuation route
- Fueling up and servicing your vehicles
- Taking the necessary precautions to protect your home by having permanent shutters or plywood panels ready to install over windows
- Knowing where to store any furniture, lawn fixtures or other loose items that might become a hazard in high winds
- Making sure the trees and shrubs around your home are well-trimmed, and clearing any loose or clogged rain gutters and downspouts
Customers can report outages at 888-769-7688 or on Santee Cooper’s Storm Center page at www.santeecooper.com/storms, where you can also find additional hurricane information like generator safety and more details on hurricane safety. Customers also can follow Santee Cooper on social media for up-to-date storm preparation, safety messages and restoration information before, during and after storms.