Staying Safe After the Storm

Staying Safe After the Storm
by Steve Foss, CEO

It was an active spring in northeast Kansas, as it was in several areas of the Midwest. While following weather coverage, I noticed the amount of people taking an interest in some of these massive storms. 

I couldn’t help but think of the danger some of these folks were in, but more importantly how dangerous the conditions may become for not only first responders but lineworkers like our FreeState crews. 

Did you know that line work is among the most dangerous jobs in the United States? This is why FreeState makes safety a priority. It is part of our culture from the line crews to the office staff. We all want to be safe and go home at the end of the day. 

After storm damage, we’ve seen neighbors helping neighbors and communities coming together, but we want you to stay safe because distractions can be deadly. 

Downed poles and wires are the most common risk to people following a storm. If you see wires on the ground or broken poles do not approach them. Do not try to work around them, and do not move them yourself. We understand the desire to help, and the adrenaline rush, but do not make yourself part of the emergency. If you encounter infrastructure damage, stay back and immediately call 911. 

During these types of situations, FreeState is prepared and ready for a quick response. 

If you come upon a crew working, stay back and allow them to focus on doing their job. If they ask you to relocate, they are doing so for your safety and theirs. Even the most routine job can be dangerous and a risk to the crew’s safety and yours. 

Give crews room to work. Slow down if you approach them on the roadside. In a storm recovery situation, there are poles, wire, and other debris in the area. If you must be out, take your time and pay attention to your surroundings. 

It’s easy to get caught looking or snapping photos, but please remember that distractions while driving are not only a hazard for you but also those working to help our neighbors.