NEMA Launches Disaster Relief Plan for Hurricane Matthew

As Hurricane Matthew approaches the Southeastern United States, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has launched a disaster relief plan with the release of safety resources to help protect consumers against damaged electrical equipment.

With the storm on a northward track toward the United States, NEMA regional field representatives Bryan Holland (South) and Jack Lyon (Northeast) are available to provide safety guidance to local governors, city officials, emergency management personnel, building code officials, and electrical contractors in areas along the coast.

The trade association’s disaster preparedness activities include the widespread distribution of Evaluating Water Damaged Electrical Equipment, which is a free publication providing advice to first responders on the safe handling of electrical equipment that has been exposed to water. It also helps to identify items that will require complete replacement versus those that can be reconditioned by a trained professional.

To access all of NEMA’s natural disaster resources, visit the NEMA website. For weather-related safety tips, the Electrical Safety Foundation International provides additional resources.

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