Lineworker Crews Prepare for the Worst

According to the National Hurricane Center, official hurricane season runs through the Atlantic Basin from June 1 – Nov. 30, with peak season occurring between mid-August and late October. Around the world, people brace themselves for the impact of tropical cyclones and other unpredictable natural disasters. Though some coastal towns are built to endure adverse weather, a storm’s raging rampage can be unavoidable, whirling through any community within its path of destruction.

When cities evacuate to escape extreme weather conditions, such as hurricanes, teams of first responders and skilled professionals are called to the scene to begin preparing for the worst – mass destruction, heavy floods and widespread power outages. Line crews from near and far get ready to help their brothers and sisters out in the field, bringing more hands, tools and resources to the places where they are needed most. From the time storm warnings surface to the time restoration is complete, sometimes years later, these hardworking individuals piece communities back together after devastation.

Lineworker crews, among others who provide aid, travel to communities in need during severe weather,
helping to maintain and restore infrastructure before, during and after disaster strikes.

As Hurricane Florence rolled into North Carolina and South Carolina, lineman crews, including OG&E in Oklahoma and Georgia EMC, headed out to restore power. Just the same, as hurricane season continues to stir across the horizon, dedicated tradespeople and other volunteers gear up to get the job done. Year-round and across the globe, line workers remain dedicated to keeping the power on, bringing electricity to our homes, offices, schools and everything in between, despite extreme weather and harsh conditions.

A big part of training to become a lineman includes learning crucial safety protocol to use when working through rain or shine. Even so, line work is recognized within the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S., which is no surprise when you consider the risks associated with working on or near high-voltages and at heights … even during hurricanes.

While we’re proud of the work that we do, we’re even more proud of the work that you do. Thank you for putting it all on the line, for keeping our families safe and our communities powered on. From all of us at Klein, we hope everyone stays safe.

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