GMP preparing for wet, heavy snow

11 March 2014

COLCHESTER, Vt. – Green Mountain Power is gearing up in preparation for a snow storm that is expected to blanket the state, with southern parts of the state targeted for wet, heavy snow.

“The buildup of several inches of wet, heavy snow brings down trees and branches onto powerlines,” said Dorothy Schnure, Green Mountain Power spokesperson. “We are intensely preparing now so that when outages occur they can be restored as quickly as possible.”  

Green Mountain Power is preparing to position workers in areas expected to be hit the hardest. In addition to its full staff, GMP also has contract line workers and tree trimmers available to assist GMP crews in restoring power as quickly as possible.

“We will continue to monitor conditions and will keep customers updated through Facebook, Twitter and media announcements,” said Schnure.
Customers may now sign up for text service to report outages and get updates. Simply text REG to 46788 or GMPVT, or sign up online at greenmountainpower.com/textalerts. You must have your account number for the initial sign up. As always, customers may report outages by calling 1-888-835-4672, or visiting GMP’s Outage Center page at www.greenmountainpower.com.

GMP offered the following safety advice:

· If you have a cell phone, make sure it is charged.
· If you have a well, 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 electric utility and fire department, stay at least 50 feet away from the line, and keep children and pets away.
· 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.
· 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.
· Never use grills inside garages, sheds or other buildings, as the fumes can be poisonous.
· For other tips on planning for a winter storm, visit the Vermont Emergency Management at http://vem.vermont.gov/preparedness/hazards/winter

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 2013 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,
       Work: (802) 655-8418
       Cell: (802) 324-4418