March 14, 2017
WALTHAM, MA - With the noríeaster underway, National Grid is urging customers to stay safe during and after the storm.† Weather forecasters are calling for white-out conditions and possible coastal flooding during the height of the storm, and public safety officials are asking people to limit or eliminate travel today if possible.
National Grid has approximately 600 crews and materials spread across Massachusetts and Rhode Island ready to respond to any outages caused by the storm.† As outages are reported during the storm, emergency response personnel will begin mapping out the restoration response so that the wires down, damage assessment and work crews can be deployed as soon as itís safe to do so.† Just as itís important for the public to heed safety warnings, National Grid also must take precautions to keep the crews safe Ė especially those who will be working in elevated buckets.
National Grid will keep state and local officials and customers informed on the status of outages and the progress of the restoration until the work is complete.† Community liaisons are at the ready for communities across both states to provide local officials direct access to the company to help the restoration go as smoothly as possible.
The storm is forecasted to dump more than a foot of snow over much of New England, and high winds are likely to batter much of the area. National Grid began planning for the storm over the weekend and†developing staffing plans, readying equipment, securing additional crews to help with any service interruptions, and reaching out to state and local officials to coordinate emergency plans.
Nearly 600 crews from as far away as Michigan and Canada will be on hand in Massachusetts and Rhode Island to respond to any outages that occur.† They will be supported by hundreds of others responsible for damage assessment, wires down, logistics, materials, dispatching, safety, and a host of other functions that provide critical support to the restoration process.
National Grid offers the following safety tips to help customers stay safe during and after the storm:
Electricity & Generator Safety
The symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to those of the flu. Depending upon the amount of CO in the air and length of exposure, symptoms may include headaches, weakness, confusion, chest tightness, skin redness, dizziness, nausea, sleepiness, fluttering of the heart or loss of muscle control. If you suspect carbon monoxide is present in your home, go outside immediately and breathe deeply; then call 911. If symptoms are severe, get medical attention.
Stay Connected to National Grid
National Grid provides multiple channels for customers to learn about service issues and interruptions during storms. Customers can follow the storm on their mobile devices by using the National Grid mobile app or texting the word†STORM†to†NGRID (64743). The company provides real time outage information on its Outage Central web site at†https://www.nationalgridus.com/outage-central. National Grid also provides storm and restoration updates through Facebook and Twitter.
About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.
Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities' long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization).