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Utility Restoration: Are You Prepared for Storm-Related Damage?

Written November 2019 | Joe DeBellis, National Sales Manager - Utility at Service Wire Company

Utility distributors and contractors are no strangers to storm-related damage. Whether it’s heavy snow, freezing rain, flash flooding, or natural disasters, unexpected storms can wreak havoc on critical equipment and services.

Although every storm is different, it is important to have a response plan in place for a successful restoration effort. This includes having experienced, dependable suppliers on speed dial that are able to deliver the right product when you need it most.

Preparation Is Key to a Successful Restoration Plan

The key to any successful utility restoration plan is preparation. It’s important to find suppliers that carefully watch developing storms, plan for emergency orders, partner with distributors on logistics, and have on-call personnel after hours for when severe weather strikes unexpectedly. These suppliers should have an in-storm and post-storm evaluation process, allowing them to review performance and predict future needs. Detailed logs should be kept recording the shipment of new or replacement parts, logistics of delivery, timeline of restoration, and resource management for each recovery effort.

Experienced in Storm Recovery

Service Wire has seen its share of extreme weather-related damage throughout the years, everything from localized storms to catastrophic hurricane flooding in Houston, New York, and New Jersey. During Superstorm Sandy in 2012, for example, a majority of the city was underwater, damaging the wire and cable used in the city’s underground subway system. Service Wire was able to manufacture and ship replacement power cable every day until the grid was back up.

No matter what kind of emergency, Service Wire is prepared to provide the wire and cable needed for utility applications. We have on-hand inventory available in preparation of damage to transmission and distribution lines, grounding systems, and substations. We stock bare copper, transformer riser, overhead service drop, control cable, XHHW-2 and USE-2 single conductors, and poly line wire.

With three state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution facilities in West Virginia, Texas, and Arizona, and our nationwide network of partner logistics companies, we are strategically located to deliver within one to two days.

Learn more about our recovery efforts in "Attending to the Aftermath," by Jim Dukart in tED Magazine.


No matter the weather, Service Wire is prepared to provide the wire and cable needed for utility applications.

We’re stocked up on bare copper, transformer riser, overhead service drop, control cable, single conductors, and poly line wire with the strategically located manufacturing and distribution facilities to get it on-site fast.

When developing your utility restoration plan, turn to a company with over 50 years of preparing for the unexpected.

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