KCP&L Crew Members Help with Storm Restoration in Joplin

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KCP&L CREW MEMBERS HEAD TO JOPLIN, MO TO HELP WITH STORM RESTORATION EFFORTS 
 
Kansas City, Mo. (May 23, 2011) – Tuesday morning at 6 a.m., approximately 60 crew members will be driving to Joplin, Mo., to assist Empire District Electric with restoration efforts following this weekend’s devastating tornado. The crews will leave from KCP&L’s Dodson Service Center located at 8619 Prospect Ave., Kansas City, Mo. 
 
“We’ve spoken with representatives from Empire, who have explained to us the severe damage to the infrastructure in the city of Joplin,” said Bill Herdegen, vice president of transmission and distribution operations at KCP&L. “While our crews will be working to help restore power to thousands of residents, we also will be helping to rebuild this city and support our fellow utility in its time of need." 
 
While in Joplin, the crews will help rebuild electrical circuits, repair damaged poles and downed lines and help restore the more than 19,000 customers without power. The KCP&L team consists of approximately 45 linemen and several support personnel, including safety employees, supervisors and mechanics. The crews, comprised of personnel throughout the KCP&L service territory, are prepared to stay in Joplin for up to two weeks assisting with restoration efforts. 
 
KCP&L and its employees at home will also help with the relief effort. KCP&L will match 50 percent of employee donations contributed through American Red Cross, Heart to Heart International or the Salvation Army. 
 
About KCP&L: 
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) is the holding company of Kansas City Power & Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company, two of the leading regulated providers of electricity in the Midwest. Kansas City Power & Light and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations use KCP&L as a brand name. More information about the companies is available on the Internet at www.greatplainsenergy.com or www.kcpl.com.