PSNH News Press Release

PSNH Preparing for Incoming Nor’easter

Public Reminded to be ready for Possible Power Outages

Manchester, NH (December 26, 2012) – Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) is keeping a wary eye on the weather forecast and preparing for possible power outages as a strong Nor’easter storm is expected to arrive this evening and bring snowfall, gusty winds, and freezing rain across New Hampshire.

The latest forecast is calling for 8-16 inches of snow across the state with freezing rain and sleet mixing in near the Seacoast. In addition to the snow and sleet, winds are expected to pick up overnight and gust up to 40 MPH in some areas. If the forecast holds, these conditions could cause serious damage and result in power outages across the state.

PSNH is closely monitoring the situation. The company is pre-staging line and tree crews in its area work centers across the state and will open its Emergency Operations Center in order to respond to whatever damage the storm causes. In addition to PSNH line crews, some additional contractor line and tree crews have been secured and the company is working to obtain additional sources. A recent merger with Boston-based NSTAR now provides PSNH and other Northeast Utilities electric utility subsidiaries with direct access to additional line workers who, when available, can assist in a restoration effort here.

Be prepared – While electric utilities like PSNH work around-the-clock to restore service when power outages occur, it is also important that families and individuals consider how they will respond. “Our crews and support staff are prepared and ready to respond if outages do occur,” noted Terry Large, PSNH Director – Customer Operations. “It is vital that families and individuals also be prepared.” Large recommended that customers with emergency generators obtain fresh fuel, or other useful supplies. A list of preparedness tips and reminders is posted at www.psnh.com and at www.nh.gov/readynh/.

Generator Safety - Back-up/emergency generators can be very useful around your home or business. But, it’s critical to your safety and the safety of others, including PSNH electrical crews, that they be installed and operated properly. Guidelines are posted on the Safety section of our website.

Staying Informed – During power restoration efforts, PSNH uses a variety of communication tools to keep the public informed. Customers can follow PSNH on twitter @psnh or on Facebook for real time updates. PSNH also uses a news blog, www.psnhnews.com, to post press releases, outage updates, and other important storm related information. Customers can also access PSNH’s outage map to see up to date outage information about their community.

Community Liaisons – During major power restoration efforts, PSNH deploys a network of community liaisons to interact with local officials in every impacted community. With the recent holiday and the potential for some municipal staff to be unavailable, PSNH reminds communities of the need to designate a single emergency management contact to work with our community liaisons.

Media Contact: 
Mike Skelton Communications Specialist
(603) 634-3270 skeltmj@psnh.com

PSNH is New Hampshire's largest electric utility, generating and distributing clean electricity for more than 500,000 homes and businesses in an environmentally friendly manner.

December 26th 2012