KCP&L Crews to Assist With Hurricane Sandy Restoration

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Kansas City, Mo. (UPDATED: Oct. 30, 2012) – In preparation for the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, approximately 150 KCP&L employees are on their way to the East Coast to assist several utilities with their restoration efforts.
Crews left on Saturday afternoon, Monday morning and Tuesday morning and are prepared to stay and help for up to two weeks. Although the crews are unsure of the type of damage they will face when they arrive, previously, KCP&L crews have assisted several utilities with work including rebuilding electrical circuits and repairing damaged poles and downed lines to help restore customers without power.
Specifically, more than 75 crew members have been assigned to the Stamford, Conn. area and will be beginning restoration work today. Approximately 15 underground crew members are on their way to New York City. These crews will help rebuild the system in New York City after the anticipated salt water storm surge that is expected to damage the underground electrical network. Finally, approximately 60 crew members are on their way toward New Haven, Conn.
“KCP&L is proud to be assisting the Northeast during the rebuilding efforts following this unprecedented storm,” said Duane Anstaett, KCP&L vice president of Delivery. “While we don’t know what damage this storm will cause we do know that millions of customers in that area are being encouraged to prepare for the possibility of extended outages. Our crews will work diligently to restore power to those customers as quickly and safely as possible.”
As a member of the Midwest Mutual Assistance Group, KCP&L is called upon to help utilities facing natural disaster recovery throughout the year. However, this is the first time the Group has asked for assistance in advance of the natural disaster, as utilities across the East Coast are preparing for the worst. Because KCP&L is recognized as one of the most reliable utilities in the country, it is often one of the first utilities to be called during emergency situations.
“KCP&L has been named the most reliable utility in the Midwest five years in a row and we are looking forward to bringing that same award-winning restoration process to customers in the Northeast,” Anstaett continued. “Our long-range weather forecast in our service territory predicts mild weather patterns, which allows us to be able to release some of our crews to help with restoration.”
The KCP&L team consists of linemen and several support personnel, including safety employees, managers, supervisors, materials representatives and mechanics from throughout KCP&L’s service territory.
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.