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Now that Hurricane Ian has come and gone, it is clear that this was an extremely dangerous and historic storm. All of us here at NECA have taken this storm very seriously so that we can provide the best information possible to all of you.
NECA will continue to provide updates and information about resources and assistance through our social channels and new Hurricane Ian resource center. Please be sure to visit our social channels @necanet and www.NECAnet.org/hurricane to get the latest news.
We also have the Disaster Relief Fund for our contractors whose operations may be impacted by the storm. The fund was first put into place in 2005 following the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina and offers support to members of the electrical contracting industry who have been recently impacted or may be impacted by future disasters.
Our contractors have been up and down the coast to ensure power is restored as fast and safely as possible. To date, more than one million homes have had power restored since Hurricane Ian struck Florida. I want to thank our men and women in the field who are working tirelessly to restore power. They truly are dedicated professionals and their safety is paramount to all of us. I ask that you please keep in your thoughts and prayers them and the people impacted by this dangerous storm.
NECA will continue to monitor this situation.
NECA Disaster Relief Fund
We are collecting donations to replenish the fund so support can be offered to those in the electrical contracting industry recently impacted and to help in future disasters.
National Hurricane Center
The National Hurricane Center is closely following Hurricane Ian and providing essential information on the storm, highlighting current conditions and points of hazard.
U.S. Power Outage Information
PowerOutage.us is an ongoing project created to track, record and aggregate power outages across the United States.
Edison Electric Institute's Storm Center is equipped with information on current mutual assistance networks, articles on preparing for power outages, safety tips for hurricanes/flash floods, and more.
OSHA continues to provide guidance and assistance while power is restored to all affected communities throughout the state.
In the past, OSHA has temporarily suspended some enforcement operations to focus on providing assistance and guidance to those employers and employees working in areas following a major catastrophe.
According to OSHA, protective measures after a weather disaster should include the following:
OSHA maintains a comprehensive website with safety tips to help employers and workers. Individuals involved in response and recovery efforts may call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742).