Ten employees from Independence Power & Light are among the electric utility workers scheduled to be in Florida to respond to power outages due to Hurricane Michael.
The IPL group consists of two four-man lineman crews, a mechanic and a superintendent. Personnel from eight other Missouri cities and one Arkansas city – 47 workers in all – have been organized by the Missouri Public Utility Alliance and were scheduled to stage in Tallahassee, Florida, east of where Michael made landfall Wednesday.
The Florida Municipal Electric Association called the MPUA on Sunday for mutual aid assistance, and the Missouri city crews departed Tuesday morning, along with utility workers from other states. They will assist in restoring power after the storm passes.
According to the MPUA, other Missouri workers came from Carthage, Columbia, Hannibal, Higginsville, Macon, Nixa, Poplar Bluff and Waynesville – along with workers from Conway, Arkansas.
The mutual-aid response is coordinated through MPUA's network. Assisting cities are reimbursed by the municipal utilities receiving assistance. Nationally, mutual aid agreements are organized through the American Public Power Association and link more than 2,000 public power and rural electric cooperatives to help each other in times of need.
IPL had been on standby to send crew members to the Carolinas after Hurricane Florence, but they were not called for assistance.