>> To report electric emergencies and power interruptions: 1.800.572.1131
>> NYSEG urges customers to sign up for Outage Alerts at nyseg.com for updates on power outages at their homes and businesses.
>> NYSEG urges customers to stay away from downed power lines – even lines that appear dead can be deadly. NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1131 to report downed power lines or other hazardous conditions.
>> Emergency generators can be dangerous. Carefully read, understand and follow manufacturer’s instructions when operating an emergency generator. Never run emergency generators indoors; operate them only outdoors in well-ventilated areas and away from windows and doors. Learn more about generator safety at nyseg.com.
>> To report natural gas emergencies or odors: 1.800.572.1121.
NYSEG Prepared to Respond to Possible Power Interruptions as Result of Potential December Storm
Company Encourges Customers to Closely Monitor the Forecast and Stay Safe
Binghamton, New York — December 29, 2016 — NYSEG, a subsidiary of AVANGRID (NYSE: AGR), is monitoring weather forecasts and has mobilized its storm readiness team in advance of a potential winter storm forecasted for New York State.
NYSEG’s storm readiness team has prepared crews and equipment to ensure that adequate resources are in place to restore any downed power lines and power interruptions in communities served by NYSEG. NYSEG has also secured and staged contractor electric line and tree crews to supplement its own work force.
“We are always prepared to respond to power interruptions, but in a case like this our line crews, support personnel and call center are on heightened alert,” said Mark S. Lynch, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E.
NYSEG encourages customers to sign up for Outage Alerts to receive updates throughout the day automatically by phone, text, or e-mail as the company updates the status of the restoration process in their area. Customers can sign up by visiting the NYSEG website at http://www.nyseg.com/YourAccount/AboutAlerts.html.
Customers can get the latest outage counts; outage locations by county, municipality and streets/roads; and estimated restoration times (as they are available) on the company’s website: http://www.nyseg.com/Outages/outageinformation.html.
NYSEG Power Restoration Priorities
NYSEG’s first priority is responding to known incidents of downed power lines to make the situations safe. (Customers are asked to call 1.800.572.1131 to report downed wires.) Once this vital public safety work is complete, the company will:
- Assess the damage to the electricity delivery system.
- Develop a detailed restoration plan.
- Make repairs as quickly as possible.
How We Go About Restoring Power Following Major Storms
We first repair the backbone of the electricity system – transmission lines and substations – that bring electricity to the local distribution system that serves our customers. We then make any necessary repairs to the distribution system that includes the poles and power lines along streets and roads, focusing first on those circuits where we can restore power to the largest number of customers. As part of this process, we take into account the needs of hospitals, nursing homes, fire and police stations, as well as any other critical infrastructure. This is a time-proven process that ensures we safely restore service as quickly and efficiently as possible.
NYSEG offers the following reminders:
During a Power Interruption
- Contact neighbors to see if their power is off. A loss of power may be the result of a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker.
- To report a power interruption, contact NYSEG at 1.800.572.1131. Our telephone systems let callers report the problem, help our crews respond quickly and efficiently, and provide customers with power interruption updates. Because many people may be trying to reach us during a power interruption, phone lines may be busy. Anyone who has access to a working computer or mobile device during a power interruption can also report the interruption online at nyseg.com.
- Listen to a battery-powered radio for weather and power restoration updates. • Turn off major appliances (electric water heaters, refrigerators and freezers) and sensitive electronic equipment (TVs, VCRs, DVD players, computers, audio equipment) to prevent overloading and possible damage when power is restored. Turning off this equipment may mean unplugging it, turning off a circuit breaker or removing a fuse for the circuit that provides power to this equipment. Leave one light switch “on” to know when power has been restored.
- Don’t use a natural gas or propane range to heat your home.
- Never use outdoor grills or stoves inside.
- Keep refrigerators and freezers closed as much as possible. Most food will last 24 hours if you minimize the opening of refrigerator and freezer doors.
After Power Is Restore
- If a basement or home was flooded, customers should have an electrician check the home and have a plumbing and heating contractor check natural gas appliances before contacting NYSEG to have services turned on.
- Turn on appliances and sensitive electronic equipment one at a time to avoid overloading circuits.
- Replenish emergency supplies used during the storm.
- Additional storm safety information is available at nyseg.com (click on “Outage Central” and then on “Storm Safetyy