As the region braces for Wednesday’s nor’easter, NSTAR is prepared to safely and quickly respond to possible wind damage and related power outages across its service area. The company continues to monitor weather forecasts and will mobilize its workforce as soon as it becomes necessary. NSTAR crews that had been working in Connecticut to help restore power to customers of its sister utility Connecticut Light & Power are returning home today, prior to the arrival of the impending severe weather.
“The high winds and heavy rain associated with the nor’easter forecasted to affect us beginning on Wednesday could likely result in power outages across our region,” said Werner Schweiger, President of NSTAR Electric. “NSTAR crews, contractors and support personnel will be ready to respond to any damage caused by this storm.”
As NSTAR prepares to reach out individually to its customers listed as requiring electricity for life support devices, the company suggests all customers prepare for 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
NSTAR also reminds all customer 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, or to view NSTAR’s outage map, please visit the Storm Center section of www.nstar.com.