O&R STORM WATCH CONTINUES AS SIGNIFICANT SNOW LOOMS
PEARL RIVER, NY Jan. 2, 2014 2 p.m. O&R remains in a company-wide Storm Watch in anticipation of a significant snow storm later today. Local weather forecasters predict that light snow will begin falling about 5 p.m. today, and will rapidly intensify tonight with winds increasing to 15-25 mph, gusting to 25-35 mph in the O&R area. The snow is expected to be powdery and may produce driving visibility issues as the wind comes up. Snow is expected to taper off by 9 a.m. Friday morning. Snowfall of 6-10" is expected across the entire O&R service territory. Temperatures tonight into Friday morning are predicted to drop into the single digits, with wind chill values 0 to 15° below zero. O&R Emergency Response Operations coordinators are monitoring both the predicted snow and extreme cold conditions and preparing the electric and gas organizations for activation if necessary. Standby staffing levels have been upgraded. The Company is ready to respond at the first sign of any storm-related damage. Customers can report downed power lines, outages and check service restoration status at www.oru.com/storms or by calling 1-877-434-4100. Customers also can take advantage of O&R's mobile tools. In addition to O&R's mobile web site, the free O&R mobile app lets customers report and check the status of an outage, and view the Company's interactive online outage map. Download it at www.oru.com/app. To help its customers prepare to weather a storm, O&R offers these tips:
1. For safety's sake, don't touch or approach any downed wire. Assume it is energized and dangerous. Call O&R immediately toll-free 1-877-434-4100. Depending on the situation, you may also want to call your local police to divert traffic until an O&R crew arrives.
2. Maintain a distance of at least 50 feet from downed wires and anything they are in contact with including puddles of water and fences. Supervise your children so that they are not in the vicinity and keep pets on a leash. If a fallen wire Is draped over a car, do not approach the car and make rescue attempts. Remain a safe distance away, and try to keep the occupant of the vehicle calm. If possible, emergency
4. Stock up on non-perishable food, bottled water, manual can opener, baby supplies and pet food. Set your refrigerator and freezer controls to their coldest settings. Fill the bathtub with water.
5. Have emergency equipment within reach portable radio, flashlights, candles and matches, spare batteries, first aid kit, cell phone and important medications. Update your personal list of emergency phone numbers. Keep O&R's toll-free number 1-877-434-4100 near the phone to report power outages.
6. If you experience a power outage, don't assume that O&R automatically knows about it or that someone else will report it. To be sure the outage is reported, please call O&R toll-free at 1-877-434- 4100 to let O&R know what happened. The more information you can provide, the more O&R can help you.
7. Remember: if the base station of your cordless phone plugs into the wall, your phone will be unusable during a power outage.
8. If a family member relies on electrically operated medical devices, secure a portable generator or make alternate arrangements for care. O&R does not provide customers with generators.
9. Keep at least a half-tank of gas in your car. Consider having extra cash on-hand, in case ATM machines don't work.
10. Listen for storm alerts on the radio. In case of power outages, O&R will keep the stations updated on repair progress.
11. Learn how to manually open and close any electrically powered garage door, security door or gate.
For more information, visit O&R's Storm Center at www.oru.com.