Amid hurricane, power company keeps customers informed through social media

With the ‘Frankenstorm’ taking aim at the East Coast, PR Daily looks at how Consolidated Edison of New York deftly handed Hurricane Irene, which hit the Eastern seaboard in August 2011.

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What do you do when more than 200,000 of your customers are without power during Hurricane Irene, and it’s your company’s responsibility to not only bring it back, but keep your customers in the know?

If you’re Consolidated Edison Co. of New York Inc. (Con Edison), you take to social media.

Con Edison’s use of social media during the worst storm of the company’s history earned it top honors in the Best Use of Social Media in a Crisis category in the 2012 PR Daily Awards.

Con Edison provides electric, gas and steam service to 9.2 million people in New York City and Westchester County. When Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast in late August of 2011, more than 203,800 Con Edison customers felt its effects.

When the hurricane hit, Con Edison not only had to bring the power back, but maintain credibility with its customers. To do this, it provided customers with timely and accurate information throughout the storm via social media—primarily Twitter and YouTube.

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