10/9/2018
SWEPCO Crews Heading to Georgia in Preparation for Hurricane Michael
SWEPCO employees from the Shreveport Service Center leaving for Georgia

SHREVEPORT, La., October 9, 2018 – Ninety employees of Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), an AEP company, are heading to Georgia in preparation for Hurricane Michael. Georgia Power asked for assistance from SWEPCO crews after the hurricane makes landfall.

“In the utility industry, providing mutual aid is not a matter of ‘if,’ but a matter of ‘when,’” said Malcolm Smoak, president and COO of SWEPCO. “Our crews will keep the focus on safety as they work alongside local utility employees to get the lights back on for our fellow Americans.”

Convoys of SWEPCO trucks this morning left SWEPCO service centers in Northwest Louisiana; East Texas; the Texas Panhandle and Northwest and Southwest Arkansas.

Last year, SWEPCO employees helped local utilities restore power after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, respectively. Having additional line crews, damage assessors and other support personnel can help get power back on faster for customers impacted by the storm.

Videos and photos from the Shreveport, La., service center available for download: https://americanelectricpower.box.com/v/hurricanemichael2018

About Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO)
SWEPCO, an American Electric Power (AEP: NYSE) company, serves 535,000 customers in western Arkansas, northwest and central Louisiana, northeast Texas and the Texas Panhandle. SWEPCO’s headquarters are in Shreveport, La. News releases and other information about SWEPCO can be found at SWEPCO.com.

About American Electric Power (AEP)
American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP’s more than 17,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 219,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 32,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including 4,300 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide.

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Carey Sullivan (318) 673-3458

SWEPCO employees from the Shreveport Service Center leaving for Georgia