In response to electrical hazards posed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, NEMA (the National Electrical Manufa...
September 2, 2005
In response to electrical hazards posed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, NEMA (the National Electrical Manufacturers Association) will begin distributing copies of its brochure, Guidelines for Handling Water Damaged Electrical Equipment, to electrical distributors, contractors, and inspectors in the Gulf Coast region.
Upon request from John Minick, its field representative in the region, NEMA turned to its partner and standards seller, Global Engineering Documents, which printed and shipped the brochures within eight hours of the request.
“I’m not sure who is down there or how to reach them, until some cell towers are operational again,” he says. Minick does not know if he will be able to reach Biloxi, Miss., or even if its city hall is still standing.
The document provides advice on the safe handling of electrical equipment that has been exposed to water. It outlines which items will require complete replacement or can be reconditioned by a trained professional.
Equipment covered includes electrical distribution equipment, motor circuits, power equipment, transformers, wire, cable and flexible cords, wiring devices, GFCIs and surge protectors, lighting fixtures and ballasts, motors, electronic products including signaling, protection, communication systems, and industrial controls, and cable trays.
“This is a tragedy of unspeakable proportions,” says NEMA President Malcolm O’Hagan. “We hope that this small gesture will make it easier for those whose job it is to get the electrical infrastructure up and running again.”