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For Immediate Release: October 25, 2012

LIPA Prepares for Threat of Severe Storms Caused by Hurricane Sandy

Heavy rain, damaging winds and flooding could cause widespread power outages

Uniondale, NY - The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and National Grid are monitoring the path of Hurricane Sandy which could impact LIPA’s service territory with severe weather as soon as late Sunday with the full brunt of the storm hitting the area on Monday and/or Tuesday. LIPA has begun making emergency preparations for potential strong storms that could bring heavy rain, flooding, and gale-force winds.

LIPA urges customers to make appropriate preparations for this possible multi-day event. Storm safety tips, power outage information, preparedness tips are available for our customers at http://www.lipower.org/stormcenter. An informational video and guidance on LIPA and National Grid’s approach to storm restoration is also available on LIPA’s Storm Center at: http://www.lipower.org/stormcenter.

Customers are also encouraged to pre-register their cell phones in order to report outages and receive restoration updates via text. To register, please text REG to 695472 (myLIPA). After registration, to report an outage please text OUT to 695472 (myLIPA).

Customers without power can also call 1-800-490-0075. Always report an outage to LIPA. By reporting your outage, you will be able to receive timely information regarding the status of your outage and estimated restoration times.

LIPA would like to remind our customers to be alert. If you see repair crews working on downed power lines, please drive carefully. Expect delays and exercise caution when driving near any of the repair crews working to restore your power. If you see downed wires assume it is live and do not go near it. Report it immediately to 1-800-490-0075.

Storm Preparations Plans:
How LIPA and National Grid are preparing:

  • Closely monitoring the storm's progress on and around-the-clock,
  • Coordinating preliminary preparation efforts with state, New York City, county and local emergency management organizations,
  • Ensuring that all LIPA and National Grid personnel are ready to respond,
  • Securing additional utility and tree trim crews to supplement our existing workforce,
  • Testing all communication and information technology systems necessary to support our restoration efforts,
  • Ensuring that all supply inventories and equipment are fully stocked to support restoration efforts,
Proactive outreach efforts will be made to critical care and special needs customers and facilities as increasing certainty in the path of storm is known.

 

LIPA, a non-profit municipal electric provider, owns the retail electric Transmission and Distribution System on Long Island and provides electric service to more than 1.1 million customers in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens. LIPA is the 2nd largest municipal electric utility in the nation in terms of electric revenues, 3rd largest in terms of customers served and the 7th largest in terms of electricity delivered. In 2011, LIPA outperformed all other overhead electric utilities in New York State for frequency and duration of service interruptions. LIPA does not provide natural gas service or own any on-island generating assets. More information about LIPA can be found online at http://www.lipower.org.

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