FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SRP Continues with Aid to Puerto Rico
Wave 2 Employees Depart this Week to Help Restore Power
Wave 1 Employees Return to the Valley this Weekend
What: The second round of Salt River Project employees will begin deploying on Thursday through Monday, Jan. 8th to relieve Wave 1 employees embedded in Puerto Rico since early December.
SRP employees have been working through the holidays alongside the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and utility companies from across the nation to rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid in the wake of Hurricane Maria’s devastation. They are assisting in the largest and longest restoration effort in U.S. history.
SRP employees positioned in the U.S. territory make up a 10-person Incident Management Team (IMT) working on behalf of the American Public Power Association (APPA) to help guide and coordinate ongoing efforts in Puerto Rico’s Carolina region. Team APPA also consists of two employees from Austin Energy in Texas.
SRP team members consist of a commander, linemen supervisors, engineer and design supervisors, as well as logistic and safety managers. Each wave is committed to 30 consecutive days during each rotation. Regarded as the worst natural disaster on record in Puerto Rico , the Category 5 hurricane destroyed much of the island’s electrical infrastructure. As PREPA rebuilds its grid, SRP resources provide invaluable insight as SRP is an industry leader in power reliability, system performance, power restoration and customer satisfaction.
Details: Wave 1 employees from SRP, representing cities from Goodyear, Phoenix, Chandler, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Queen Creek and Payson, will return Sunday and Monday employees are available for media interviews upon request.