KCP&L Sending Crews South to Assist with Restoration Following Hurricane Irma

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Kansas City, Mo. (Sept. 9, 2017) – In preparation for the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, approximately 50 KCP&L employees are headed to Florida to assist several utilities with their restoration efforts.

The bulk of the KCP&L resources departed early Saturday morning and are prepared to stay and help for up to two weeks. The crews have been assigned to assist Florida Power & Light and will meet in Lake City, Florida where they will await their assignments once the hurricane has passed. 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.

In addition to the 50 employees departing on Saturday, KCP&L has already released 194 line contractors and 150 tree contractors, many of who had been assisting restoration efforts in the Houston area following Hurricane Harvey. 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.

“KCP&L is proud to be assisting in the restoration process following this historic storm,” said Kevin Noblet, KCP&L vice president of Delivery. “While we’re unsure of the 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 only the second time the Group has asked for assistance in advance of the natural disaster.


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