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National Grid Offers Safety Tips In Event Of Wind Damage

Company preparing for forecasted strong winds tonight.

 

As customers across New England hunker down for what is forecasted to be an extremely windy day, National Grid crews and support personnel are prepping in the event strong winds cause damage to the region’s electrical network.

High wind watches and warnings have been issued for later today and overnight across the region, with predictions of strong and possibly damaging winds in many areas combined with potentially heavy rain.   As a result, National Grid crews and support staff have been put on alert and are prepared to respond in the event of service interruptions.

“Our first priority is always the safety of the public, our customers, and our employees,” said Kathy Lyford, National Grid vice president of electric operations in New England.  “We have been tracking this front, and preparedness plans are in place to make sure our crews are ready to respond as quickly and safely as possible.”

National Grid officials work proactively with communities and municipal officials throughout the region to keep them updated on preparations and provide contact and safety information that can be passed along to constituents in the event of severe damage from the winds.

National Grid provides a number of channels for customers to learn about service issues and interruptions during storms.  Customers can receive text message alerts and updates through a free service the company offers.  Text the word STORM to NGRID (64743) to sign up for the service.  E-mail alerts are also available to customers who create an online profile on the company’s website.  All alert services can be started and stopped at the customer’s request.  National Grid also provides storm and restoration updates through Facebook and Twitter.

National Grid advises customers to be prepared as strong, sustained winds can cause local electrical service interruptions. It’s a good idea to have a number of working flashlights, at least one battery-operated radio and an extra supply of batteries in your home. A radio is a good way to stay in touch, as National Grid provides news media with timely information regarding service restoration efforts.

Also, post National Grid’s emergency outage reporting number—1-800-465-1212—near your telephone so it will be handy if needed. National Grid provides real-time outage information, including the option to report an outage at www.nationalgridus.com in the Outage Central section of the company web pages.

National Grid offers the following tips for customers to minimize inconvenience and maximize safety in the event that storm-related power interruptions do occur.

Never touch downed power lines, and always assume that any fallen lines are live electric wires. If you see one, report it immediately to National Grid or your local emergency response organization.

  • If you use a generator to supply power during an outage, be sure to only operate it outdoors. Before operating generators, be sure to disconnect from National Grid’s system by shutting off the main breaker located in the electric service panel.  Failure to do this could jeopardize crew safety.
  • If you lose power, turn off any appliances that were on when the power went off, but leave one light on so you will know when power is restored.
  • Power problems can sometimes interrupt public water supply systems or disable well pumps, so it’s an especially good idea to keep a supply of bottled drinking water handy, as well as some canned food.
  • People who depend on electric-powered life support equipment, such as a respirator, should let National Grid know. To register as a life support customer, call the company’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-322-3223.
  • National Grid customers who experience outages should call National Grid’s outage line at 1-800-465-1212 immediately to expedite restoration.
  • Check on elderly family members, neighbors and others who may need assistance during an outage period.
Still Hope September 18, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Tip #1: cut down that 200ft tree that almost fell last year.
Imzadi September 19, 2012 at 10:22 AM
Maybe National Grid should be doing preventative maintenance as well. Years ago, they would send crews out to cut tree branches near power lines, but they haven't done that in years. OK, so they are ready WHEN the power goes out....how about being ready BEFORE the power goes out???
Still Hope September 19, 2012 at 12:44 PM
The power companies cut the trees on behalf of the city. City has no money, trees stay as is. The power companies are responsible for the trees on the land they lease, of which they do a great job maintaining. Blame your neighbors for the upcoming power outages.
Govstench September 19, 2012 at 07:45 PM
This is always a nice topic when it surfaces. Yes, we are all cussing out the power company because they are not there when we need them. What changed? IT WAS SOLD! Now you have a multinational corporation NGRID running the show and they are playing the corporate playbook on this state. They have closed offices, laid off personnel and consolidated operations all in the name of saving money. When a storm comes, you wait because they have to contract in out of state crews. Why don't they have in=state crews you say? $$$$$ Your rates would go up. You have less than 200 linemen left in this state -that is why you wait. Tree crews? Sure, they do their right-of-ways where the big transmission lines are but for streets, they don't move until the municipality calls and then they have to pay them by contract. This company was taken over by the Brits and they are milking it to the hilt. If you are worried about your power going off, invest your money in a generator! Otherwise, you may wait a month for the power to return. Wake up, you were screwed by your legislature!

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