As gusty winds and heavy rain are in the forecast all week, many residents are concerned with power outages.
Mississippi Power has been monitoring the storms since last week in case of possible power restoration.
Mississippi Power’s Storm Center was activated at 5 a.m. Monday. This facility lets all company leadership work together in one location for restoration efforts. There are CDC guidelines in place at the storm center such as social distancing and mask-wearing.
Over 600 additional resources have been requested from Alabama Power, Georgia Power, and contract crews to assist in restoration efforts in South Mississippi.
Northern crews from Laurel and Meridian have traveled south to assist Coast residents.
Mississippi Power has also requested additional light poles and wires to fix potential down power lines. Mississippi Power Spokesman Jeff Shepard said, ‘We understand that getting the lights back on for our customers is the first step to getting normalcy back in their lives, and we take that job very seriously. So that’s why our plan is all centered around getting the lights back on as quickly and safely as possible.”
For natural disasters, there is a ‘mutual assistance program’ that speeds up the restoration process by allowing companies across the nation to help one another.
Mississippi Power has the ability to call for additional resources if necessary or they could go to Texas or Louisiana if those states need assistance.