Baldwin EMC is sending five employees to assist Central Alabama Electric Cooperative (CAEC) in Prattville, Ala., in power restoration efforts following the destructive storms that came through the region earlier this week. CAEC had nearly 15,000 members without power as of Tuesday evening, when the outages peaked. The cooperative now has 4,200 members without power.
Crews from Baldwin EMC’s operations department left the co-op’s Summerdale headquarters on Wednesday, May 5. Along with their standard supplies, they have also included the proper personal protective equipment to work safely during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It’s only been a few months since we put out the call for help following Hurricane Sally,” says Baldwin EMC CEO Karen Moore. “Central Alabama is one of the cooperatives who came to our aid last September, and we are more than happy to return the favor. We are always glad for the opportunity to send crews and share our resources with other cooperatives in need of assistance, and we’re grateful to be a part of a community of mutual aid.”
CAEC serves more than 42,000 meters in a 10-county area of central Alabama just north of Montgomery. The cooperative’s service area covers most of the rural areas of Autauga, Elmore, Coosa and Chilton counties as well as members in Tallapoosa, Talladega, Bibb, Perry, Dallas and Lowndes counties.
Baldwin EMC is part of a nationwide network of electric cooperatives that assist each other in times of natural disasters. Baldwin EMC has provided assistance numerous times to other cooperatives across the southeast following hurricanes, tornadoes and ice storms.