Every year, an average of 15 major natural disasters hit somewhere in the United States. These disasters – ranging from hurricanes and wildfires to ice storms and drought – wreak havoc on the impacted regions, often leaving residents displaced from their homes. They endure property damage and are often left in the dark, not knowing when they will eat their next meal, for power loss jeopardized their food security. Utilities scramble to restore power as quickly as possible. But often, they cannot do it alone. Instead, they call energy restoration experts — like the entities within PLH Group – to provide emergency response.
PLH Group teams supported the emergency effort when wildfires spread
PLH Group — a leading, full-service power line construction, pipeline construction, and specialty contractor — consists of 11 entities that serve the electric power line, pipeline, oil field electrical, and industrial markets. Its entities provide a variety of critical, energy-focused services from construction and fabrication to emergency response and restoration.
When a utility anticipates a natural disaster or a natural disaster just occurred, PLH Group companies are poised for the call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
These companies have proven expertise to quickly restore power by immediately mobilizing equipment and crews to impacted areas upon call.
If a natural disaster is predicted but has not yet hit, utilities call upon PLH Group and other emergency responders.
PLH Group workers responded after ice storms hit areas throughout Oklahoma
PLH Group companies are prepared to immediately respond and mobilize trained and certified experts and response equipment – including helicopters, drilling rigs, and amphibious equipment — to secure the anticipated disaster area. Teams then wait in a safe, staging location for the disaster to hit. When the situation is safe, PLH Group teams deploy alongside other utility contractors to assess, recover, and repair damage until power is restored to the community.
Of course, emergency response work has a unique set of challenges. Community and worker safety remain the top priorities throughout the power restoration process.
“Our specially trained and certified power line response, recovery, and restoration experts successfully restore power to impacted areas with a diligence to communication and situational awareness,” said Elsie Bentley, vice president of Safety, Health and Environmental.
“Areas that have been impacted by disaster are volatile and often require extreme equipment use. Our workers are trained to identify potential hazards in these harsh conditions, including environmental changes and equipment integrity. Additionally, our teams work around the clock to restore power. We train workers to ensure worker fatigue never impacts the safety of the workers and communities served.”
In addition to its storm response expertise, PLH Group companies respond to natural disasters in other ways, too.
Teams throughout the 11 PLH Group entities provided emergency response when a series of hurricanes hit regions of the United States
“Our employees genuinely care about the communities we serve. If they are not physically helping within the communities, our PLH Group family comes together to support communities in need in other ways, such as raising funds or making food contributions,” said Chief Executive Officer Peter Sandore. “Our workforce routinely goes above and beyond to care for communities throughout the United States, especially in times of need. Not only does this set us apart from other energy companies, but it is just one reason why I am so proud to be part of the PLH Group team.”
Know how to keep safe during a power outage or around a downed power line. Educate coworkers, family, and friends to promote safety during an emergency or unanticipated event.