From wildfires in the West, ice storms in the North and Midwest, and hurricanes in the South, the Southwire Storm Activation Team knows they are always a few weeks away from their next big challenge. With the scale and reach to be able to help across the entire country, Southwire is uniquely positioned to help after a major storm event.
"These storms are really our moment of truth. Ensuring our partners have the resources they need to get the power back on is one of the most important things we do."
- Storm Activation Team Member
Our Storm team is available 24/7/365 to help in advance of, and during, major storm events.
It takes more than equipment and material alone to address storm damage. Over the years our team has helped provide support during storms across the country and knows how to address their impacts, both large and small.
Without proper communication between utilities, suppliers, customers, and regulators, storm response can be unnecessarily delayed. Proactive and effective communications are an essential part of our preparedness.
Addressing storms effectively happens well in advance of an event. Our response starts and ends with continuous planning, organizing, and provisioning in an agile way. We are continuously using the latest knowledge, forecasting technologies, and processes to address changing situations.
Researching and developing innovative products is in our DNA. Hardening systems is a way to proactively address the damage storms can unleash.
"Storm duty can be a full-time job twelve months out of the year. We have to be ready all the time."
- Matt Street, Regional Sales Manager
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Total cost of disasters from 1980 to 2016
Cost of damage from Superstorm Sandy
Storm preparation and response is obviously nothing new. 2017 saw numerous high-profile storms, drawing media attention as well as focusing the attention of utilities, regulators, policymakers, and the general public on efforts to manage and respond as effectively as possible. To better understand the strategies and priorities that utilities across North America are embracing for these preparation and response efforts, Southwire Company partnered with the Utility Dive Brand Studio to survey more than 100 industry executives.
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