Your power is on 99.9 percent of the time and that’s some­thing we’re proud of at Jones-Onslow EMC. But summer storms, particularly hurricanes, can create natural unavoidable circumstances that sometimes lead to serious widespread outages.

The month of June ushers in the start of the 2017 Hurricane Season. JOEMC stays prepared, day-in and day-out for potential weather events that can cause major destruction to our electrical distribution infrastructure and stand ready to respond should power outages occur for our members.

Most of the time outages are simple to restore, but major storm events can create conditions that snap poles, topple trees and leave power lines dangling. In these situations, JOEMC and its employees call on their peers—other co-op linemen and contract crews from across the state and nation —to help get your power back on as quickly and safely as possible.

The deployment of support crews from other electric cooperatives is part of a mutual aid agreement shared between the nation’s nearly 1,000 electric co-ops to help one another in times of emergency. Electric cooperatives across the country use the same line system engineering standards, which means line crews from any part of the country can quickly help sister cooperatives with restoration efforts.

This agreement exemplifies this month’s cooperative principle (highlighted on page one of this newsletter) of “cooperation among cooperatives,” which reads: “Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional, and international structures.” This concept makes sense in the cooperative business environment because we’re focused on people, not profits.

As an electric cooperative our members are our priority. That’s why we’ve worked for years to analyze how we respond to outages and make improvements—because we know you, our members, depend on electricity for almost every aspect of your daily lives.