June 4, 2021 – Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) reminds customers to prepare for hurricane season, which began June 1 and continues through Nov. 30.
While SWEPCO’s three-state service territory is not directly on the Gulf Coast, Hurricanes Laura and Delta in 2020 showed the severe impact that strong storms can have as they move inland.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is projecting a very active hurricane season. This increases the importance of planning now for the possibility of a storm that results in extended power outages.
Most importantly, customers on life support systems or other medical equipment, which rely on electricity, are reminded to have a backup plan for situations where prolonged outages may occur.
“We closely monitor hurricane activity and other severe storm threats, and we stand ready to respond if our customers are impacted,” said Drew Seidel, SWEPCO vice president of Region Distribution Operations. “We urge customers to be prepared ahead of any storms to keep your home and family safe. SWEPCO will keep you informed, and if outages occur, we will restore power as safely and quickly as possible.”