PSO Distribution System Supervisor Travis Andrews become the face of Hurricane Ian relief through a virtual link-up with Oklahoma media on Friday.
Andrews, who has been with PSO more than 25 years, said this was his fourth or fifth hurricane relief effort.
PSO received too many requests for interviews to accommodate on an individual basis, but was able to link a dozen Tulsa and Lawton reporters to Travis using a Microsoft Teams meeting. Travis talked about the amount of broken poles, wires down, and the additional damage crews have observed.
As a PSO crew worked on a downed line in the background, Andrews described the devastation from the hurricane, the challenges facing the crews and PSO dedication to safe, quick response to natural disasters.
“Back in Oklahoma, we have ice storms, thunderstorms, and things like that,” Andrews said. “Every hurricane is different but a natural disaster is a natural disaster. We're working as fast as possible and as safe as possible. We've got a really good group (PSO crews). Whenever other utilities reach out to us, we're always there to lend a helping hand. We've had people from Florida come to Oklahoma and help us back in the '07 ice storm ... so it's nice to be able to ... help them."
Our heartfelt thanks to all the crews and support personnel who are away from their Oklahoma families to help those in Florida get their power restored. Thank you.