James P. “Pat” Howle, Executive Vice President and CEO
Every May, we celebrate Electrical Safety Month. It’s a time when we place a spotlight on ways we keep you, our members, safe.
This year, we’re focusing on how to keep safe after a storm rolls through.
No matter the type of weather or damage to electrical equipment and infrastructure, resulting safety hazards are generally the same.
To stay safe after a major storm or natural disaster strikes, Horry Electric Cooperative urges you to develop a family action plan. Designate a place for everyone to meet after an event. Map out ways to evacuate your home. Create a laminated card with emergency contact names and numbers for each family member. Consider listing a relative or friend who lives far from your community as the point of contact—if your family gets separated, that person can let others know who is safe.
Don’t forget pets in your family action plan—many rescue shelters will not accept pets after a catastrophe of some sort, so it’s important to decide beforehand where Spot or Tiger can take up residence for a while.
It’s not hard to understand why safety remains a top priority for Horry Electric. Working around electricity is a life-or-death situation every day for many of our employees. As a result, we work hard to instill a culture of safety that our folks can take home with them and live 24/7.
We also strive to raise safety awareness among Horry Electric Cooperative members. That’s why we offer safety demonstrations for schools and community groups. We also provide safety tips in South Carolina Living, on horryelectric.com and in a variety of other printed materials.
Pledge to honor Electrical Safety Month by fashioning an emergency action plan for your family today.
- Storm Safety: Be prepared for dangerous weather any time of the year
- Steps to restoring power after a major outage.
- Storm Watch: How to prepare for a major storm.
- Power Outage FAQs
- Repairs you need to make to restore service.
- Basic generator safety
- How to operate a portable generator safely (pdf)