BERLIN, Conn. (September 4, 2016) CBS Connecticut– With the effects of Hermine expected to begin impacting parts of its service area Sunday into Monday, Eversource is prepared to respond to any damage from the storm to the local electric grid. The company is also reminding customers of steps they, too, can take to be prepared.
“We continue to watch Hermine very carefully and stand ready to address any impacts to our system,” said Peter Clarke, Senior Vice President of Emergency Preparedness for Eversource. “We’re confident our ongoing technology upgrades, combined with our tried and tested emergency response plan, will enable us to safely and efficiently handle any issues that may arise.”
Extra Eversource crews and support staff will be in place beginning today and ready to respond to any reports of damage or outages. The company has also alerted all employees to be at the ready to assist in its storm response if needed.
With this year’s drought conditions, Eversource tree crews have been identifying trees that have been weakened by the severe dry weather and pose an increased threat to the reliability of the electric system. The company’s rigorous tree trimming program, which includes removing hazardous trees along critical lines that serve high numbers of customers, plays an important role in identifying and removing drought-stressed trees along overhead electric power lines.
Eversource always encourages customers to prepare for any severe weather by assembling or restocking a storm kit and making arrangements to look out for their families, friends and neighbors. The company also offers the following tips on its website to help customers prepare for emergencies:
The company offers the following tips on its website to help customers prepare:
Additional preparedness tips can be found at https://www.eversource.com/Content/ct-c/residential/outages/storm-preparedness.
The company reminds customers to always stay clear of downed wires and to report them immediately to 9-1-1. To report a power outage, call Eversource at 1-800-286-2000 or use the “Report an Outage” link at www.eversource.com.
The Connecticut American Red Cross, one of Eversource’s partners in emergency preparedness, also provides helpful information and resources at www.ctredcross.org. For information on statewide programs, please visit Connecticut’s Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security at www.ct.gov/demhs.
Eversource (NYSE: ES) transmits and delivers electricity to 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns and provides natural gas to 226,000 customers in 72 communities in Connecticut. Recognized in 2015 as a top-ranked “green” utility in the U.S. by Newsweek magazine, Eversource harnesses the commitment of its approximately 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of delivering reliable energy and superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@EversourceCT) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceCT