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Statham said that because of the proximity of the states, crews from Georgia will initially head to South Carolina. After those needs are met, crews will move up to North Carolina and Virginia, if needed.
The Georgia EMC is a trade association, so the association itself won’t be sending crews, but the individual EMCs across the state will be sending equipment and manpower. The Georgia EMC acts a coordinator and central point of contact in the state for these operations. It represents 41 EMCs across Georgia.
For example, Savannah Chandler, a spokesperson for the Walton EMC based in Monroe, said the cooperative is planning to send crews to affected areas and is in contact with the Georgia EMC about what it will need to send.
“One big advantage that cooperatives have is that all of us use the same line construction standards,” Chandler said. “So, no matter where our linemen go, they're already familiar with how the lines need to be repaired and the materials they'll use.”
If relief efforts stretch beyond a week, then crews will rotate so no one works more than a week at a time, Chandler said. Trucks will stay at the site and crews will shuttle back and forth in vans.
Hurricane Florence has been upgraded to a Category 4 storm. Channel 2 Action News says it could be the most catastrophic storm to hit North Carolina in decades. The state, along with South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland, has declared a state of emergency.
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Channel 2's Nicole Carr is heading to South Carolina ahead of Hurricane Florida