As Hurricane Isaac continues its movement through the Caribbean and as forecasters predict the storm will hit the state of Florida today, PECO is responding to a call for assistance from Florida Power and Light, sending nearly 50 employees to Daytona Beach, Florida to support the potentially massive effort necessary to restore power.

PECO crews gathered at the company’s Baldwin service building in Eddystone, Delaware County Friday for final vehicle inspections and safety briefings before beginning the journey to Florida. The aerial line mechanics, foremen, supervisors, fleet and safety personnel traveled in 28 vehicles and were expected to arrive in Daytona Beach on Sunday, Aug. 26.

“Through our experience with Hurricane Irene just one year ago, we know firsthand how crucial assistance from other utilities can be in safely restoring service to customers as quickly as possible when a severe storm hits,” said Ron Bradley, emergency response director. “Our crews are prepared and ready to lend a hand to our colleagues in Florida.”

Over the years, PECO has sent hundreds of crews and support personnel to assist utilities as part of the Mid-Atlantic Mutual Assistance (MAMA) program, which consists of several member utilities including PECO’s sister utility Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE).