SWEPCO crews heading to Florida ahead of Hurricane Ian

Published: Sep. 26, 2022 at 3:58 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. - Southwestern Electric Power Co., an American Electric Power company, announced that the company plans to send more than 300 personnel to Florida in preparation for Hurricane Ian.

The company has 106 employees and more than 200 contractors heading to Orlando to assist utility companies in restoration efforts after the hurricane makes landfall later this week.

“SWEPCO employees and contractors will be staged and ready to restore power for Florida residences and businesses once the storm passes,” said Drew Seidel, SWEPCO vice president of Distribution Region Operations. “Just as other utility companies have answered our call in times of need, we’ll be ready to assist those who are impacted by this storm.”

Crews from SWEPCO’s Shreveport, Natchitoches, Longview, Texarkana and Fayetteville districts plan to depart Tuesday morning. SWEPCO mutual aid assistance includes plans to ensure personnel are ready to handle any potential outages in SWEPCO territory.