Dixie Electric Power Association reflects on Katrina, plans for future storms

Dixie Electric Power Association reflects on Katrina, plans for future storms

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dixie Electric Power Association held a Media Day looking back at Hurricane Katrina, then and now.

They wanted to show just how far they've come from the day the hurricane hit in late August 2005 when power was knocked out for all of it's 35,568 customers.
The company now has installed a dispatch center integrated with modern technology that can provide accurate and timely information to those servicemen and linemen that are out there making repairs.

"We just feel like we are a lot better prepared for any type of storm now than what we would have had as we were at that point and time after Hurricane Katrina," General Manager Randy Smith said.

The company previously did not have a proper emergency plan in place for a disaster of the magnitude of Hurricane Katrina.

From where they were ten years ago, the company said they've made 'leaps and gains.'

They have two websites now in place for customers to use, especially in case of emergencies.

You can find the first website here, and the second here.

The websites are available so that members can view outages, and it will also show where a lineman may be after being dispatched to any area where there is and outage.