September is National Preparedness Month

Preparation is the key to success in many things we do in life. Planning, practice and thoughtful assessment provide opportunities to work out potential problems in advance.

September is National Preparedness Month, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging everyone to prepare for emergencies.

For Peace River Electric Cooperative, preparation plays a huge role in ensuring that our members have the electricity they need as soon as they flip a light switch or start an appliance.

PRECO is constantly preparing for the future:

  • When a co-op crew pulls a truck into a loading bay, warehouse workers have already pulled the parts and equipment needed for that crew’s scheduled work day.
  • When a customer care representative discusses our Budget Billing program, they’re helping a member prepare to ease the impact of seasonal high bills.
  • Any time meteorologists call for exceptionally hot or cold weather, PRECO works closely with Seminole Electric Cooperative—our power supplier—to ensure there will be enough power to meet anticipated demand.
  • Our engineers and construction crews design, build and upgrade the electric system to keep electricity moving from power plants and substations to farms, homes and businesses.

All of these actions help PRECO meet the challenges of bringing electricity to our members every day.

We put in just as much effort preparing for the uncertainties posed by flooding, tornadoes, wildfires, lightning, high winds and hurricanes by:

  • Maintaining and and constantly updating our emergency response plan. Employees train for major events and know in advance what their primary and secondary roles would be.
  • Subscribing to mutual aid agreements. That’s why you saw trucks and crews from other co-ops helping us restore power after Hurricane Irma struck last year.
  • Working with state and national officials to help ensure that crews can get to your communities when they are needed and have the lodging, food and support necessary to work effectively far from home.

September may be National Preparedness Month, but PRECO is committed to preparedness every day––for the routine, the extraordinary and the unexpected.

From the desk of Randy Shaw, PRECO CEO