Reaching Out to Help Communities Hit by Hurricanes


As you may know, at MTEMC, we follow the seven Cooperative Principles and principle number seven is “Concern for Community.” This means that, while focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members.

As part of our principals, during emergencies in other communities that involve loss of electricity, we go there to help. That’s true of both Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael where we sent emergency crews to North Carolina and Georgia to help restore power lost in the storms.

MTEMC Lineman Preparing to Leave for North Carolina

The communities we served were both appreciative and gracious we were there to help. Following is a letter from an MTEMC lineman to Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina, where they spent some time helping.

One MTEMC lineman sent this letter to the local cooperative:

“On behalf of the Middle Tennessee Electric crew that has been working in your town [Pine Knoll Shores] the past few days, I would like to personally thank all of you. Never have we worked anywhere with so many kind, caring and selfless people. Every day all day, we were inundated with offers of food, drink or whatever we needed. It would have been easily understandable given the situation you all were thrust into to be angry or frustrated with not having electricity. But we never met one person who was either. In fact, all were the opposite. For this we are so very thankful to all of you and are proud to have served you.”

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