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National Grid increases staffing to counter high winds

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Fri, Mar 20th 2020 03:25 pm

National Grid on Thursday announced it’s increasing staffing and closely monitoring Friday’s weather forecast, which calls for high winds, with gusts of up to 60 mph, across portions of upstate New York.

The company’s field force is at normal staffing levels and remains at the ready if the storm impacts service. Customers are encouraged to keep safety a priority with the following reminders:

Electricity & Generator Safety

•If a power outage occurs, customers can notify National Grid online to expedite restoration.

•Never touch downed power lines; always assume they are carrying live electricity. Downed lines should immediately be reported to National Grid at 1-800-867-5222 or by calling 911.

•Generators used to supply power during an outage must be operated outdoors to prevent the buildup of deadly carbon monoxide. Before operating a generator, 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 endanger our crews and your neighbors.

•Customers who depend on electrically powered life support equipment, such as a respirator, should register as a life support customer by calling National Grid at 1-800-642-4272. In a medical emergency, always dial 911.

•Keep working flashlights and an extra supply of batteries in your home and be sure to charge all electronic devices before the storm.

•Please use caution when driving near emergency responders and crews restoring power.

•Be sure to check on elderly family members, neighbors and others who may need assistance during an outage.

Stay Informed and Connected

•Information on National Grid’s pandemic preparedness and a customer Q&A can be found at ngrid.com/covid-19.

•Customers with active electricity accounts who text REG to 64743 can have personalized alerts sent to them via text, email or phone call when an outage on their properties is detected.

•Customers also can text OUT to 64743 to report an outage

•For real-time power outage information, online outage reporting, and in-depth storm safety information, visit National Grid’s Outage Central website. Customers who create an online profile also can sign up for email alerts.

•Visit www.nationalgridus.com, follow on Twitter and on Facebook.

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