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10-8-18

Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative Preparing for Hurricane Michael

Submitted by Jon Little, SVEC Director of Communications

Live Oak, Fla.–October 8, 2018 – Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) has activated its Emergency Response Plan in anticipation of potentially severe weather from Hurricane Michael. The plan lays out the duties and responsibilities of all employees during major storms and incorporates lessons learned during Hurricanes Hermine and Irma.

“We’re hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst,” said SVEC CEO Michael McWaters. “While we continue to monitor storm forecasts from multiple weather services, we are working with our statewide association to line up help from other electric cooperatives.”

SVEC encourages its consumer-members to have a plan for riding out extended power outages and reminds them that outages can be quickly and conveniently reported using the cooperative’s SmartHub account management tool, available at svec-coop.com. Those who wish to report and track outages from their mobile device can download the SmartHub mobile app from the Apple App Storeâ or Google Playâ.

About Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC)
SVEC is a not-for-profit cooperative that provides safe, affordable and reliable electric service to its consumer-members in Florida’s Columbia, Hamilton, Lafayette and Suwannee counties. SVEC maintains over 4,000 miles of electric distribution lines and serves an area of about 2,000 square miles. SVEC’s headquarters is in Live Oak, Florida.