Georgia Power is responding to calls for help through its mutual assistance network. Utilities in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast are facing a difficult restoration process following expected high winds and heavy snow in the region.

The Georgia Power Storm Center (241 Ralph McGill Blvd., Atlanta) is open. Please contact Georgia Power media relations to schedule an interview in the Storm Center or by telephone.

Crews began travel Tuesday, March 5, 2013 and typically stay one to two weeks, depending on needs of both the host and home utility. As of Tuesday morning, approximately 200 employees had departed various operating headquarters across Georgia. Areas represented by the traveling crews comprise the metro Atlanta area, east, northeast, northwest, central and coastal regions of the state. Plans were to assist PHI (PEPCO), the electric utility serving the Washington, D.C., area.

The teams will likely stage in Montgomery County, Maryland, just outside of Washington.

The Edison Electric Institute recently honored Georgia Power with its Emergency Recovery Award and Emergency Assistance Award for extraordinary storm response efforts in Georgia as well as through multiple deployments to assist distant utilities during 2012.