UUS responds to natural disasters

United Utility Supply continues to help other cooperatively owned suppliers after devastating weather in both Iowa and Louisiana.

After the August 10 derecho wreaked $4 billion in destruction in Iowa, UUS supplied several truckloads of much needed transformers and line material for sister cooperatives.

Since Hurricane Laura made landfall August 26th, UUS has been providing materials and assistance to co-ops helping restore power and rebuild the systems of Louisiana cooperatives.

While assisting with disaster relief, UUS has been able to maintain commitments to its membership thanks in part to proactive planning in case of possible delays of materials from manufacturers due to the pandemic.

“Rest assured, our top priority is our member cooperatives and we will not do anything to jeopardize your needs,” says Gary Burnett, UUS Executive Vice-President. “But we stand ready to help other cooperatives in the time of need. Cooperation Among Cooperatives!”

Kentucky Electric Cooperatives continues to communicate with affected cooperatives in Louisiana regarding any potential mutual aid support. More than ten Kentucky co-ops representing about 70 crew members have indicated a willingness to respond, yet affected cooperatives in Louisiana are still assessing their needs.

The peak of the Atlantic hurricane season is almost here, and forecasters are watching four areas for possible tropical development this week as the calendar turns to September. An estimated 71% of hurricane activity is still yet to come. The National Hurricane Center is monitoring four systems, of which two have the highest chances of development. Both a system near the Carolinas and another in the Caribbean have a high chance of becoming a tropical depression.