Thursday, February 13, 2014

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going

When the going gets tough the tough get going. That's an apt description of how mutual aid among the 21 municipal power systems works.

On a conference call this morning with the members of the SC Association of Municipal Power Systems, Orangeburg and Bamberg were the only utilities reporting a need for assistance. Both cities were hit hard very hard and outages are increasing. Orangeburg estimates four days of work if the situation doesn't get worse.

But we're seeing outstanding response around the state from other SCAMPS members offering aid to Orangeburg and Bamberg. Easley has sent seven men and equipment to Bamberg while Greer, Rock Hill, Union and Greenwood will have men and equipment in Orangeburg by the end of the day. Plus utilities in Florida and Georgia have offered assistance if needed.

While the storm has brought challenges, it also illustrates the importance of a strong mutual aid plan among these municipal utilities.

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