Hurricane Dorian Mutual Aid

Wisconsin public power crews headed to Florida to help with hurricane recovery
> August 30 news release
Tuesday, Sept. 3, 10 a.m. UPDATE: As Hurricane Dorian continues its slow movement along the Atlantic coastline, it seems increasingly likely that Wisconsin crews will not be needed for mutual aid support. While the storm remains very strong, forecasters now predict it may not make landfall, causing it to be more of a flooding event with fewer power outages than originally thought. We appreciate all of the Wisconsin utilities that offered resources to assist. 
Monday, Sept. 2, 11 a.m. UPDATE: With Dorian still proving unpredictable, our Wisconsin crews remain on standby. More updates as available.
Sunday, Sept. 1, 2 p.m. UPDATE: Wisconsin crews remain on standby. Hurricane Dorian’s path continues to be very uncertain, with its extremely slow pace adding to the difficulty predicting movement. As of last count, we have 29 lineworkers and two support staff ready to travel if we are called into action. Next update expected on Monday morning.
Saturday, Aug. 31, 2 p.m. UPDATE: Wisconsin crews have been placed on standby. The forecast path has changed and impact on Florida from Hurricane Dorian is not yet known. Crews will NOT depart on Sunday morning as originally planned. MEUW is awaiting further instruction from Florida utilities.

About mutual aid: Mutual aid is electric utilities helping each other in times of need. Utilities that want to give and get help for power restoration after a disaster are part of a network of community-owned electric companies. When (and even before) a major disaster hits a utility’s territory and the utility knows that its own crews and equipment won’t be enough to restore power quickly, it calls for mutual aid. Other utilities in the network respond with what they can offer. 
> Check out this brief video explaining the mutual aid process (Courtesy: American Public Power Association)

Wisconsin crews will be assisting Kissimmee Utility Authority in Kissimmee, Florida
> Storm updates from KUA Twitter and Facebook pages
> Link to KUA Website

KUA is the sixth largest utility in Florida, which is home to 33 community-owned utilities (compared to 81 in Wisconsin). KUA owns, operates and manages the municipal electric system established by the City of Kissimmee in 1901. KUA’s 300 employees serve approximately 76,000 customers in Kissimmee and surrounding areas.

> After Wisconsin crews provided mutual aid to KUA during Hurricane Irma in September 2017, KUA produced this video.  
News Coverage:
WKOW-TV: Sunday, Sept. 1
WISC-TV: Saturday, Aug. 31


Municipal utilities participating in the initial wave of Dorian-related mutual aid come from:
Black Earth
Lake Mills
New Richmond
Oconto Falls
Prairie du Sac
Rice Lake
River Falls
Wisconsin Rapids

Page last updated:
Friday, Aug 30, 12:30 p.m.