How PPL responded to Hurricane Sandy

LEWISBURG – Damage from Hurricane Sandy was the most significant storm in history.  Teri MacBride of PPL gave an overview of their company’s response to the storm at a recent meeting of the Greater Susquehanna Valley and the Central Pennsylvania Chambers of Commerce.  “If you look at the top 10 storms, a couple have been in recent years.  Last year, hurricane and wind damage was significant, but this year over 571,000 customers were without power in our 29 counties.”

MacBride says preparation for the storm was truly an all hands on deck effort, bringing crews in from all over the country.  She says they also put into practice what they learned from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011.  “We had to improve our communication.  We had a lot of people calling in to report outages and getting busy signals.  This year, that was dramatically reduced.  Also, we invested in vegetation management and computer systems for our trucks.  It is expensive, but they paid off this time.”

MacBride said they had over 5,000 PPL workers who assisted in some way during the preparation and recovery following Hurricane Sandy. (Sara Bartlett)




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