Groton Utilities Prepares for Friday Storm

The remnants of Tropical Storm Elsa with rain and potential high wind gusts will bear down on Connecticut early Friday morning, leading to the distinct possibility of power outages. As is always the case with significant storms the smart thing to do is to be prepared.

Groton Utilities crews will be at the ready and, in the event of a power outage, will do our very best to restore power as soon as possible while keeping our employees safe. Our electric linemen are spending the day today making preparations to all vehicles and equipment. We have contacted other utilities in the event that mutual aid assistance is necessary. Tree crews are at the ready for whatever issues may arise.

To report an outage call Groton Utilities at 860-446-4000. Please stay away from any downed wires you may encounter outside your home and on the roads.

Here are a few wind storm preparation tips:

  • Be certain to have backup power options if you need powered medical devices.
  • Make an emergency kit for at least three days of self-sufficiency.
  • Stock up on batteries and have flashlights and candles on hand.
  • Charge your mobile devices and power banks.
  • Secure outdoor recreational equipment such as trampolines and double-check your pool cover.
  • Consider alternate methods of cooking your meals in case there is a power outage in your area. Cooking your meal ahead of time and storing in the refrigerator is an option.
  • Fill your propane tank for your gas grill. Never use your gas grill indoors.
  • If you have generator check to see if you have sufficient fuel.
  • Bring outside patio and lawn furniture, potted plants and any other loose outdoor items indoors. Close and secure all awnings and tie down any other loose items.
  • Never use a generator inside your home. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. Keep at least 20 feet from doors, windows, and vents.
  • Clear your gutters and storm drains.

 

 

Storm Preparation

house in a stormWith Tropical Storm Fay approaching there are certain things that everyone can do to be as prepared as possible should a storm hit the region.

Prepare for a Storm:

  • Have candles and flashlights available for emergency light, and a battery-operated radio for weather reports and other information. Make sure you have matches and fresh batteries, too.
  • Create an emergency kit with essential items such as food, water and communication devices. It should include non-perishable food, water bottles, medicine and supplies. There should be enough items to survive at least 72 hours.
  • If you see that a major storm is coming be sure to charge all your cellphones and tablets as well as any backup batteries you may have.
  • Please note: Customers with special medical problems such as having oxygen requirements should have a backup plan.

During an outage:

  • If all your power suddenly shuts off, the main breaker in your electrical breaker box may have tripped. You can restore power simply by moving the switch to “off,” then back to the “on” position. Check your fuses, too, if you have them.
  • If your area is without power, or you see any downed wires, call Groton Utilities at (860) 446-4000. Call us if you see damage to electrical equipment, or anything out of the ordinary such as trees or branches on wires. Do not go near any wires. Even a downed wire may be dangerous.
  • Keep refrigerators and freezers closed. Contents should be safe for at least 24 hours. Turn off your appliances. When power is restored, turn them back on gradually.
  • Don’t worry. We respond to outages immediately and continue to work until all customers have power. Once you’ve called, please resist the temptation to call back. However, if your neighbors have their electricity back and you’re still out, you should call again. In the case of a full hurricane, your patience would certainly be most appreciated.

For more information see the State of Connecticut Guide to Emergency Preparation.

 

Hurricane Season – Storm Preparation

August/September is the peak of Hurricane season and there are certain things that everyone can do to be as prepared as possible should a storm hit the region.

Prepare for a Storm:

  • Have candles and flashlights available for emergency light, and a battery-operated radio for weather reports and other information. Make sure you have matches and fresh batteries, too.
  • Create an emergency kit with essential items such as food, water and communication devices. It should include non-perishable food, water bottles, medicine and supplies. There should be enough items to survive at least 72 hours.
  • If you see that a major storm is coming be sure to charge all your cellphones and tablets as well as any backup batteries you may have.
  • Please note: Customers with special medical problems such as having oxygen requirements should have a backup plan.

During an outage:

  • If all your power suddenly shuts off, the main breaker in your electrical breaker box may have tripped. You can restore power simply by moving the switch to “off,” then back to the “on” position. Check your fuses, too, if you have them.
  • If your area is without power, or you see any downed wires, call Groton Utilities at (860) 446-4000. Call us if you see damage to electrical equipment, or anything out of the ordinary such as trees or branches on wires. Do not go near any wires. Even a downed wire may be dangerous.
  • Keep refrigerators and freezers closed. Contents should be safe for at least 24 hours. Turn off your appliances. When power is restored, turn them back on gradually.
  • Don’t worry. We respond to outages immediately and continue to work until all customers have power. Check our Facebook page and grotonutilities.com for outage updates. In the case of a full hurricane, your patience would certainly be most appreciated.

Below are some information sources you may find helpful in preparing for a major storm:

FEMA Hurricane Preparedness

National Hurricane Center

CDC – Preparing for a Hurricane or Tropical Storm

FEMA Family Emergency Plan

FEMA Emergency Supply Kit