Volume 55, No. 3
BY A N T H O N Y J. A H E R N
In my November Viewpoint message, I wrote about the importance
of resilience of the human spirit. As I pen this month’s column,
many homes and businesses in the Northeast are still without
electricity due to Hurricane Sandy’s devastating punch.
What came across very clearly during the early days after Sandy
were the hardships people endured without electricity. Resilience of
the electric grid — and the ability to restore electric service —
became a priority issue to a much wider audience when 8.2 million
people were without power.
Unlike resilience of the human spirit that can possibly lie dormant
and unseen until circumstances draw it forth, resilience of the elec-
tric grid requires preparation. Your electric cooperative has been
busy preparing for when disaster strikes.
Cooperatives have pre-established mutual aid agreements that can
draw on resources from areas unaffected by local or regional disas-
ters. For example, Ohio electric co-op crews stood ready to assist
Pennsylvania co-ops in the aftermath of Sandy, while co-ops from
the Southeast and Midwest sent help to Virginia and New Jersey to
assist those most impacted.
Every electric utility, even the largest, when struck by a large-scale
disaster can bounce back quicker with assistance from others.
Electric cooperatives in the Northeast did not get the brunt of
Hurricane Sandy but still used the assistance of nearby electric
cooperatives to restore service to their cooperative consumers.
Cooperatives also sent crews to assist investor-owned utilities. Line
workers from 10 Ohio co-ops rallied to assist FirstEnergy in recon-
necting service in the Cleveland area, where the remnants of Sandy
caused signiﬁcant power system damage and outages.
The good news is that electric cooperatives have prepared so their
systems have resilience. This didn’t happen by coincidence. Ohio
cooperatives have applied lessons learned from previous disasters
to better respond the next time wind, ice, snow or ﬂooding threat-
ens. You could say we are experts in rural power outage restoration,
and you’d be right.
2 COUNTRY LIVING
• DECEMBER 2012
www.ohioruralelectric.coop Anthony Ahern
President & CEO
Dir. of Comm.
Editor Art & Prod. Manager
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