CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY – With possibly severe storms expected throughout the region Thursday, National Grid is not only preparuing for the storms, but is urging customers to do the same.
Spokesman David Bertola said “Weather forecasts are calling for strong winds and thunderstorms across large portions of New York this afternoon and into the evening. While National Grid is preparing its crews and storm response plans, we also urge customers to be safe and ready.”
National Grid offers several safety and preparation tips for residents.
National Grid customers should call 1-800-867-5222 to report a power outage, or to report any downed wires.
Customers are urged to stay away from all downed wires, and anything those wires might be touching like tree limbs or fencing.
Generators used to supply power during an outage must be operated outdoors. 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 restoration crews, first responders and 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 a number of working flashlights and an extra supply of batteries in the home. Also, make sure to keep mobile devices charged.
Please drive carefully and use caution when driving near any repair crews working to restore power.
Be sure to check on elderly family members, neighbors and others who may need assistance during an outage.