In mid-September when Hurricane Sally left thousands of Florida Panhandle residents without power, SECO Energy answered Escambia River Electric Cooperative’s (EREC) call for assistance. On September 17, thirteen SECO employees departed in a caravan of trucks bound for EREC’s service area to aid in power restoration.
After five days of repairing damage and restoring members’ service, SECO Energy employees were released and safely returned home. The damage was extensive with 95 percent of EREC members out of service once Hurricane Sally exited the area. Crews from EREC, SECO and nearby cooperatives repaired transmission lines, substations and individual residential and commercial services.
EREC’s CEO Ryan Campbell reached out personally to SECO Energy CEO Jim Duncan to express his gratitude for the dedicated, highly trained professionals who volunteered to travel to the Panhandle to assist with hurricane restoration. CEO Campbell states, “Our call for help was answered with manpower that rose to the challenge and succeeded through teamwork and perseverance. There is no better example of cooperation among cooperatives. Again, we send our heartfelt gratitude to you and your outstanding crews for their assistance during this challenging time.”
CEO Jim Duncan appreciates the gratitude from EREC and the hard work of the employees who traveled to the Panhandle. Duncan stated, “SECO Energy is proud and honored to answer the call for help from a fellow cooperative. Our employees are the best in the business and we’re thankful for their selfless volunteer spirit and their safe return home.”