SCI Creates First-of-its-Kind Safety Visor
South Central Indiana REMC recently held its 78th Annual Member Meeting. A highlight of this year includes the cooperative’s “Commitment to Safety” theme.
"Every year we hear about a person who died because they got out of the car after an accident with downed power lines that were still live," said Maura Giles, SCI REMC's manager of cooperative relations, and creator of the visor project. "We hope this not only helps people stay safe, but also spread awareness about the importance of staying in your car when there are downed power lines around.
SCI REMC is a member-owned cooperative electric distribution facility. A cooperative is a business owned by its customers, known as members. SCI REMC is one of 38 rural electric cooperatives in Indiana. Electric cooperatives were organized throughout the state in the 1930s. At that time, investor-owned utilities were supplying power in urban areas, but would not supply electric power to rural customers. This was common across the country at this time in history. People living in rural areas saw that those in cities had electricity, and wanted it as well. As a result, with loans from the Rural Electrification Administration, rural communities banded together and created electric cooperatives. Hoosiers 77 years ago in Morgan, Monroe, Owen, Brown and parts of Putnam, Clay and Johnson counties, pooled their money, and set poles and tied lines by hand to bring electricity to rural South Central Indiana.