Originally published on southerncompany.com.
For the eighth year in a row, Georgia Power and other electric utilities in Georgia are celebrating and thanking utility workers across the state. The daily work done by linemen in Georgia’s communities is always recognized, but their work is especially pronounced during today’s challenges from the escalating COVID-19 pandemic across the nation. Utility crews and personnel continue to respond to outages and essential work in all conditions and following severe weather, including spring thunderstorms and tornadoes.
Throughout Georgia Power’s 2020 Thank a Lineman initiative, saying “thank you” is quick and easy by signing the digital card at www.GeorgiaPower.com/ThankALineman. Additionally, Georgians can celebrate and engage through social media by using and following #ThankALineman and visiting Georgia Power’s Facebook (www.Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (@GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (@ga_power) pages.
Line crews work side-by-side with teams across Georgia Power to ensure that reliable energy is continually supplied to thousands of homes and businesses. Those teams include Shared Services, Control Centers, Customer Services, Fleet Services, Forestry and Right-of-Way, Generation, Substation crews, Network Underground and more.
“Now more than ever, our teammates are rising above the challenges we face and showing their dedication to work as safely as possible to keep the lights on for our 2.6 million customers across Georgia,” said Pedro Cherry, executive vice president of Customer Service and Operations for Georgia Power. “We are proud to thank them and show our appreciation for the critical work they do not only this month, but throughout the year.”
To help maintain safe and reliable service during the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgia Power urges customers to keep their distance from utility crews working in their communities. Whether critical infrastructure work or emergency repairs due to damage from storms, trees or vehicles, crews are working hard every day to keep the lights on while maintaining safety standards and following CDC guidelines when working in the field. Residents can help by not approaching crews and keeping a safe social distance of six feet or more.