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NORTH CAROLINA'S ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES ORGANIZE MASSIVE HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORT

 NORTH CAROLINA'S ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES ORGANIZE
 MASSIVE HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORT
 RALEIGH, N.C., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Employees and customers of North Carolina's electric cooperatives are sending truckloads of help to the victims of Hurricane Andrew. North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation, based in Raleigh, is coordinating the effort.
 "We've received a tremendous response from the electric co-op communities in the state," said Wayne D. Keller, executive vice president. "That's no surprise, really. We are the only electric utility that serves customers, literally, from the mountains to the coast. Our co-op employees and customers have weathered all kinds of disasters -- from northeasters, hurricanes and tornados to ice storms and blizzards. They feel a true sense of empathy for the Andrew victims."
 Keller said tons of goods have been collected by the electric co-ops, which concentrated their efforts on collecting items most frequently requested by disaster relief agencies, such as bottled water, pop-top canned foods, diapers and infant formula. The goods will be shipped to Florida or Louisiana, Keller said. "We're talking with relief officials to determine the areas of greatest need."
 "The memory of Hugo remains strong, particularly to the employees of electric utilities. The co-op people worked round-the-clock to restore power to customers. They achieved excellent results in record time. We have a tradition of getting things done quickly, and getting them done right."
 Trucks will pick up goods at three collection points across the state. Loading begins today in Statesville at 3 p.m. at the offices of Crescent Electric Membership Corporation. A truck will load at the offices of North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation on Sumner Boulevard in Raleigh at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 3. The third collection will be in Red Springs at Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation at 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 3.
 North Carolina's 28 electric cooperatives serve about 600,000 homes and businesses in 95 counties. The co-ops are member-owned and not-for- profit.
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 EDITOR'S NOTE: Please contact your local electric cooperative for more information on relief efforts in your community.
 /CONTACT: Jane Pritchard or Jay Johnson, North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation, 919-872-0800/ CO: North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation ST: North Carolina IN: UTI SU:


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