Westar Energy Crews Head East As Coast Prepares For Major Storm

Posted 1 year ago

By Fred Gough

Crews are headed to Pennsylvania to assist in restoration.

TOPEKA – Westar Energy received a call for assistance from the Mutual Assistance Group to help restore power as the East Coast prepared for Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to strike late Monday or early Tuesday and bring wind, rain and possibly snow.

Westar has released contract line and tree trimming crews and will be sending 44 linemen, supervisors, safety and support personnel to assist with restoration efforts. Crews will
be assisting UGI Utilities in Pennsylvania. Utilities on the East Coast have requested more than
17,000 personnel to help restore power once Hurricane Sandy has passed.

Westar employees from the Topeka, Manhattan, Arkansas City, Wichita, Emporia, Humboldt, Shawnee and Lawrence offices will assist with the restoration.

Westar Energy is a member of the Midwest Mutual Assistance Group. This group allows

Westar to call upon neighboring utilities and their contractors for help to restore service in the
event of a significant event, such as severe storm. In return, Westar will send line and tree crews to assist neighboring utilities when they are in need. In the event of catastrophic damage utilities reach out for assistance from across the nation.