With the first measurable snowfall of the year expected to start in Connecticut in the last few days of February, Eversource was ready to respond to any storm-related damage to the electric system or power outages.
For example, the energy company brought in hundreds of additional crews and checked equipment and supplies in preparation. It also encouraged customers to also prepare for the possibility of outages. The crews also addressed hazard trees across the state as trees are the leading cause for the utility's storm-related outages.
“We’ve been keeping a close eye on this storm, monitoring several forecasts for the last several days and are ready to respond and will adjust our plan if needed,” said Eversource President of Connecticut Electric Operations Steve Sullivan. “We will have crews prepositioned around the state before the storm hits so they can quickly respond but we remind customers the snow and wind could cause visibility issues and travel problems, making it more challenging for our crews to get to damage locations and restore power.”
The utility, which prepares for storms year-round, also has transformers, utility poles and spools of wires stocked at warehouses across the state to expedite restoration. For the latest on the storm restoration, follow Eversource CT on Twitter.
Educating the Customers: Storm Kit Essentials
In addition, the utility advised its customers to pack a storm kit with warm blankets and leave it in their car. According to Eversource, the kit should contain the following:
2. Non-perishable food
3. Tool kit
4. First aid and prescriptions
9. Pen and notebook