REC Hosts Annual Emergency Coordinators Meeting
Oct. 7, 2015
REC hosted its annual meeting with emergency services coordinators from its 22-county service territory last week in Fredericksburg. Emergency response organizations from throughout the Cooperative's territory sent representatives to the meeting, including the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the United States Department of Homeland Security.
Scott Hudson, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s Region 2 coordinator, addressed the emergency coordinators from local governments and said, "The most important part of this meeting is the networking. It's vital for first responders to know the people and their capabilities in other agencies who will be instrumental in assisting with emergency incidents before they occur. That's the reason we are all here today."
REC is an instrumental agency when it comes to emergency management. When power outages occur in the REC service area, the partnership between the Cooperative and emergency response organizations is vital to restoring power and to keeping the public safe.
REC staff worked with the group to update critical infrastructure lists, provided updates on emergency points of contact, and presented the various channels the Cooperative uses to communicate with its members and emergency response organizations.
Maxie Rozell, REC’s manager of safety, security and risk management added, “Meeting with the emergency coordinators in our area each year is a great way to share information, continue to develop relationships, and improve the overall ability of all the organizations involved to respond effectively to emergency situations. The extreme weather that was forecasted with Hurricane Joaquin, which we thankfully avoided, is the very reason we hold these kinds of meetings.”
REC provides electric service to over 160,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.