|Baldwin EMC prepares for Tropical Storm Karen|
October 4, 2013, Summerdale, Ala. - Baldwin EMC staff and employees have been busy today preparing for the possibility of Tropical Storm Karen, as she slowly moves toward the Gulf Coast. Although Karen’s path is not certain, Baldwin EMC officials are not taking any chances.
“We have a disaster emergency plan in place and in action,” cooperative spokesperson Karen Moore said. “We have fine-tuned our disaster plan so we can be ready to respond as soon as it is safe to do so. We want to assure our members we are prepared should Tropical Storm Karen reach our service area.”
According to Moore, EMC officials are monitoring the storm around the clock and all crews are on emergency storm alert status. They urge members whose medical conditions require electricity to make alternate plans for their healthcare needs in the event outages are experienced.
As long as winds remain above 30 – 35 mph, our bucket trucks cannot be operated safely. Current forecasts indicate the possibility of sustained winds in excess of that for several hours. Our electric system is in the best shape ever but should this forecast hold true and we do experience outages, it will mean longer outages than normal.
Baldwin EMC staff will continue to watch this storm closely, and would like to remind their members to keep abreast of the storm’s development and take safety precautions in the event Tropical Storm Karen affects Baldwin County.