Whether it is a hurricane, blizzard or a windy rainstorm, it is always prudent to be prepared for a power outage. Groton Utilities encourages everyone to have an emergency kit at the ready with food, water, flashlights and whatever else you may need for a three-day outage. Whenever a storm approaches the area people should prepare as if they will lose power.
Groton Utilities will be at the ready, with electric crews on-site ready to make any necessary repairs once winds have reached a safe level. Our electric linemen spend the day(s) before a storm making preparations to all vehicles and equipment so that they are ready to go when needed. Tree cutting crews are locked in and ready for whatever issues may arise due to fallen trees and limbs.
Here are a few 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.
What to do during an outage:
- If 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. Downed wires can be very 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 as soon as it is safe and continue to work until all customers have power. Once you’ve called, please resist the temptation to call back – check for updates on the GU Facebook page and the Groton Utilities website. However, if your neighbors have their electricity back and you’re still out, you should call again after checking your breakers.
- WTNH Weather
- Home Use Devices – How to prepare for outages for medical devices
- State of Connecticut Guide to Emergency Preparation
- Food safety during power outages