FAIRFIELD COUNTY, C.T. -- With a potentially historic blizzard bearing down on the mid-Atlantic, Eversource is reassuring residents that they are closely monitoring its path and will have crews and staff ready to respond to any damage or outages it may cause.
“We prepare year-round for storms like this and are ready to address any damage to the electric system,” said Peter Clarke, senior vice president of Emergency Preparedness. “While we may not be able to control the weather in New England, we know that our ongoing system improvements are helping us to better handle whatever Mother Nature throws at us.”
High winds can bring down power lines, so the company reminds people to always stay away from any downed lines they may see and to report them immediately to 911.
To report a power outage, call Eversource at 1-800-286-2000 or use the “Report an Outage” link at www.eversource.com.
Here are some other preparations that you can make before a storm hits.
- Build an Emergency Kit with essential items to meet the unique needs of your family.
- Stock up on non-perishables, such as canned goods and pet food, and make sure you have adequate medical supplies and prescriptions for yourself and your pets.
- Pick up some paper goods: paper plates, paper towels, plastic ware.
- Turn the temperature controls on your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting to keep food cold in the event of a power outage.
- Fill several large containers with water for drinking and also fill the bath tub so you have water to flush your toilet.
- Keep flashlights, batteries, candles and matches on hand and make sure they are available throughout the house. Along with a battery-powered radio available.
- Have extra gasoline on hand if you own an electric generator.
- Invest in an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). During a momentary power outage, the UPS will continue to provide power to your personal computer. (A UPS is not designed to operate a computer indefinitely, only long enough to allow users time to save their work and shut down properly.)
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