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Media Contact:  B.J. Myers, Director of Communications & Creative Services

812-689-4111 ext. 236 | bjm@seiremc.com

 

Safety Information for News Crews

At Southeastern Indiana REMC, we understand the importance of keeping our members up to date about storm and outage conditions-- however, our primary concern is keeping our crews focused and safe.

Whether it's during line construction, accident scenes, or outage restoration, power lines pose numerous hidden dangers. While our linemen are trained to identify and avoid these electrical hazards and work safely, it's critical that everyone else stays clear of the work area and equipment.

Aside from the risk of serious injury, spectators can divert a lineman's attention from their current task. When working with wires carrying 14,400 volts of electricity, linemen must be able to focus their thoughts on what they're doing.

Following a storm, debris and broken or fallen tree limbs can pose numerous additional risks. Downed or low-hanging lines can still be energized and deadly. 'Getting the story' should never get in the way of maintaining your own personal safety.

If you have any questions about a Southeastern Indiana REMC work site, please ask one of the lineworkers for the best place to position a vehicle, camera, or reporter to maximize the safety of news crews and minimize distraction.

Southeastern Indiana REMC provides updates and a real-time outage viewer on our website under the Outage Center tab. Periodic updates are also provided through our Facebook and Twitter social media channels.

If you have any additional questions concerning an outage or the state of the restoration process, please contact B.J. Myers, Director of Communications & Creative Services, for up-to-date information. 

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