In an undisclosed location near Richmond, Va., over 100 first responders, emergency response personnel and state officials gathered for a training. Over the last few years, severe winter storms have wreaked havoc on critical infrastructure, including the electric grid.
NNEC participated in the training with several other co-ops to increase communication between emergency officials and the co-op, as well as to improve partnerships and relationships.
The training also highlighted the increasing risk of serious injury or fatality to lineworkers through the dangerous practice of backfeeding generators. If a generator is used during a storm event, but a licensed electrician has not installed a proper switch, the electricity generated could injure lineworkers or members of the public who encounter the power lines.
Members interested in a Generlink generator collar may contact member services at 804-333-3621 or [email protected].