DAFTER, Mich. (April 25, 2022) –Cloverland Electric Cooperative recently participated in the Northern Exposure training exercise coordinated by local law enforcement and the Michigan National Guard. The training storyline included extreme droughts across the Upper Peninsula causing wildfires and extensive power outages. The exercise consisted of actors protesting extended outages at the cooperative’s headquarters. As the protesters’ intensity grew, the National Guard arrived to assist local law enforcement. This exercise gave Cloverland employees the opportunity to observe an agency response scenario and test internal safety measures in a controlled situation.
“Safety is at the core of Cloverland culture,” states Cloverland’s President and CEO, Mike Heise. “We are thankful for the opportunity to participate in this exercise with local law enforcement and the Michigan National Guard.”
About 30 National Guard soldiers were on-site with about eight soldiers acting as protesters. The exercise lasted about two hours, followed by a mission de-brief with soldiers and participating Cloverland staff. Northern Exposure exercises were also conducted in Delta, Mackinac, Marquette, Alger, Dickinson, Iron, Ontonagon, Gogebic and Schoolcraft counties.
“Training is important to ensure we are prepared for various situations,” states Cloverland's Director of Engineering, Brian Lavey. “This exercise provided an opportunity to test our internal protocols, identify areas of opportunity and communicate additional safety measures where needed.”
Cloverland Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit, member-owned utility located in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula. With over 4,000 miles of line and 43,000 meters, Cloverland serves 34,000 residential, commercial and industrial members in Chippewa, Mackinac, Luce, Schoolcraft and Delta counties.
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