(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by NSTAR and received via electronic mail. The release
was confirmed by the sender.)
NSTAR Prepared for Nor’easter - Reminds Public to be Ready for
Customers are encouraged to make preparations and prepare a
BOSTON (February 7, 2013) - With a major nor’easter expected to
impact our area beginning tomorrow, NSTAR will activate its
emergency response plan as preparations continue for a
significant impact on the electric grid. The company is
advising customers to make advanced preparations as well. While
no utility can prevent widespread power outages in the face of
devastating storms, NSTAR is on high alert and workers are
prepared to mobilize.
“We’re well into our preparations for responding to potentially
widespread power outages resulting from the nor’easter’s high
winds and heavy snow,” said Craig Hallstrom, President of NSTAR
Electric. “We prepare year-round for storms like this and stand
ready to address damage to our system as soon as it becomes safe
to do so.”
As all 3,000 NSTAR employees prepare to assist in the storm
response effort, the company has also secured additional
contractor line and tree crews to join forces with its own
workers. In anticipation of high snowfall amounts and whiteout
driving conditions, NSTAR will pre-position workers across its
service area in advance of the storm, including on Cape Cod and
Martha’s Vineyard where travel may become impossible due to the
potential for bridge closures and ferry service interruption.
With safety a top priority, crews will respond to calls as
weather conditions allow.
Customers can prepare for storm damage and power outages by
assembling a storm kit in advance and making arrangements to
protect themselves and their families. Some suggestions for
items to include in a storm kit are:
• Flashlights with spare batteries
• A battery-operated radio or TV
• First-aid kit and medications
• Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated foods
• A manual can opener
• Bottled water
• Baby or pet supplies
• Important phone numbers
Customers dependent on electricity for critical medical needs
are urged to make preparations now to switch to a backup source
or move to an alternate location if necessary. NSTAR also
reminds all customers that, while back-up emergency generators
can be very useful during power outages, it’s crucial to
personal safety and the safety of others, including NSTAR line
crews, that they be installed and operated properly.
For more information about storm preparation and generator
safety, please visit NSTAR’s Storm Center at www.nstar.com.
NSTAR, a Northeast Utilities company (NYSE: NU), transmits and
delivers electricity and natural gas to 1.4 million customers in
Eastern and Central Massachusetts, including more than one
million electric customers in 81 communities and 300,000 gas
customers in 51 communities. For more information, please visit
our website: www.nstar.com. Friend us on Facebook, and follow us
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