Santee Cooper Preparing for Hurricane Irma

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Santee Cooper personnel are making preparations for potential damages to our service territory from Hurricane Irma. Approximately 2 million South Carolinians depend on the state-owned electric and water utility as their power source, either directly or through the state’s electric cooperatives.

Santee Cooper went to a Condition 4 alert status. This means potential disaster-causing conditions are approximately 72 hours away and adverse effects to Santee Cooper’s facilities and service area appear likely. Santee Cooper employees are:

  • Checking and fueling vehicles, including line trucks

  • Making sure communications equipment is in proper working order

  • Taking inventory and procuring supplies as needed, such as utility poles, electric transformers and associated equipment

  • Beginning arrangements for additional resources, including additional line and tree crews, should they be needed

“Santee Cooper is monitoring the storm and preparing accordingly, so that we are best positioned to keep the lights on for our customers across the state,” said Arnold Singleton, senior vice president of power delivery. “If outages do occur, we will begin restoration efforts as soon as we safely can.”