GMP Preparing for Thanksgiving Storm

25 November 2013

COLCHESTER, Vt. – Green Mountain Power is gearing up with extra line and tree-trimming crews in preparation for a winter storm that is now forecasted to hit Vermont late Tuesday afternoon with a real potential to continue into Thanksgiving Day.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for mixed precipitation that may include heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain for most of Vermont, conditions that often bring down trees onto power lines.

“We are aware that many of our customers will be gathered at home with their families, and we are intensely preparing now so that if outages occur they can be restored as quickly as possible,” said Dorothy Schnure, Green Mountain Power spokesperson.

The company will be staffed with employees prepared to start work on a moment’s notice. GMP also has 60 contract line workers from out of state arriving Tuesday, and more in reserve to arrive as needed, as well as 47 tree crews to ensure that restoration is as fast as possible.

“We will continue to monitor the storm and will keep customers updated through Facebook, Twitter and media announcements,” said Schnure.

GMP offered the following safety advice:

* Before outages occur, be sure you have a phone that is hard-wired and does not rely on electricity.
* Fill a bathtub with water before you lose service so the water can be used to flush toilets when the power is out. PREVENT UNSUPERVISED BATHROOM ACCESS TO CHILDREN.
* Treat any downed line as if it is live.  Report the line to your local utility and fire department, stay at least 50 feet away from the line, and keep children and pets away as well.
* If using a generator, read and follow the owner’s manual before starting it.  Never operate a generator inside any structure or near a structure.  Use a transfer switch to ensure electricity is not accidentally fed onto a line where line crews must work.
* Keep freezers and refrigerators closed as much as possible to prevent food spoilage.
* If power goes out, turn off all electrical appliances except one light so you’ll know when service returns.  Then, turn equipment back on slowly.
* Never use grills inside garages, sheds or other buildings, as the fumes can be poisonous.

Customers may report outages by calling 1-888-835-4672, visiting GMP’s Outage Center page at www.greenmountainpower.com or mobile enhanced at m.greenmountainpower.com, or by clicking the “Power Out?” button on GMP’s Facebook site.


About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com) generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the state of Vermont. The company, which was named 2012 Utility of the Year by the Solar Electric Power Association, serves more than 250,000 customers, has set its vision to be the best small company in America. 

  Contact: Dorothy Schnure, Green Mountain Power
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