A THANK YOU FOR KEEPING AMERICA MOVING FORWARD
An elite few perform some of our country’s most dangerous, physically demanding and important jobs. Truly a rare breed, our linemen make a living on the electrical lines that power our nation. Every day, under the most extreme conditions imaginable, they keep our lights on and economy running. While you might not always see their hard work, you benefit from it 24/7/365. So give them a call, send a text or make a post on social media and #ThankALineman.
A TEAM EFFORT IN THE TRUEST SENSE
In the devastating wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, America’s linemen rallied together in record numbers to provide help, hope and healing to those communities affected by the massive storms and flooding. The number of homes and businesses who lost power was unprecedented. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of linemen from all over the region, essential power has been restored to communities across Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
BY THE NUMBERS:
--Harvey devastated Texas and knocked out power to more than 300,000 homes and businesses.
--Irma knocked out power to more than 60% (6.5 million) Florida homes and businesses, 1.2 million in Georgia and 250,000 in South Carolina.
--In Florida, several counties saw 80-90% of customers without power — one of the largest natural disaster-related power outages in US history
--Florida Power & Light, the state’s major electricity provider, deployed nearly 20,000 workers, including linemen, around the state to help restore power.
There are 200,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and 5.5 million miles of local distribution lines across the U.S. connecting homes and businesses to the electrical power they rely on. Linemen oversee this vast and vital network. The demands of their job have no limits with regard to hours or weather conditions. Because of this, and due to the dangerous and highly specialized nature of their work, exemplary teamwork and reliance on one another's safety training and expertise is essential to every mission they undertake.