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preparedness is among our top priorities at UIL Holdings Corporation
(NYSE: UIL) and our gas and electric utilities: The United Illuminating
Company (UI), The Southern
Connecticut Gas Company (SCG), Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation
(CNG) and The Berkshire Gas Company.
plan year-round for storms. Our crews and equipment are always at a
high state of readiness, and we continually maintain and improve our gas
and electric infrastructure
to be resilient against severe weather,” said John J. Prete, Chief
Operating Officer for UI Electric Operations and Vice President of
too, can take prudent steps to reduce the impact of potential severe
weather. One way they can do this is by staying informed.
this hurricane season, UI customers now have access to information
about severe weather and power outages by subscribing to Storm &
Outage Alerts. Customers can sign
up at uinet.com and
choose to receive alerts by text, e-mail or voice message for important
communications from UI related to severe weather events, as well as
power outages affecting their homes or businesses. The service is free,
although standard message
and data rates may apply to text messaging.
Storm Alerts: Receive important communications from UI before
or during a large storm or emergency situation.
Receive specific outage information related
to your accounts, including acknowledgement that we are aware of your
power outage, estimated restoration time (when available) and notice
when service is restored.
alerts are among a series of measures that UI, like the other UIL
companies, has implemented to improve its posture in the face of severe
weather threats, drawing on
lessons learned during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and Hurricane Sandy
in 2012. UI has also participated in statewide readiness drills in 2012
and 2013, spent $11 million to harden its coastal substations against
the threat of flooding, and set in motion
a series of longer-term measures intended to harden its physical
infrastructure, upgrade its systems and improve the recovery process.
goal is to minimize service disruptions, and restore service as quickly
as possible when they occur,” said Joseph D. Thomas, UI’s Vice
President for Electric System
The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.
This month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s
Climate Prediction Center issued a forecast saying
this season will likely bring eight to 13 named storms (sustained winds
of 39 mph or higher), of which three to six could become hurricanes
(winds of 74 mph or higher), including one to two major hurricanes
(winds of 111 mph or higher).
The information below may help customers prepare for severe storms.
Any generator that plugs into a home’s wiring should be connected via a
switch by a licensed electrician. This ensures that when the generator
is in use, house wiring is isolated from utility lines. Improper
installation can damage the generator, or create hazards for utility
employees working on poles, or even the general public.
UI now leases and installs an affordable automatic transfer switch that
safely connects your portable generator to your electric meter to allow
you to run your home’s equipment directly from your circuit breaker
panel. Call 877-447-8743 or visit uinet.com/shieldandconnect
adding a natural gas-fired generator, consult your gas utility to
ensure there is adequate pressure. Generators should be placed outdoors
and away from doors and windows
to prevent exposure to carbon monoxide.
If someone in your home uses electronic life-support or
equipment, develop a backup plan in case an extended power outage
occurs. UI has a program to register life-support customers. Call 800-722-5584 for information.
Perform a Storm Inventory: The possibility of an extended outage exists whenever severe weather
strikes. Take an inventory of your home and stock up on supplies.
sure you have flashlights, candles, matches, a first-aid kit, a
battery-operated radio or TV, a manual can-opener and a battery-operated
clock. Stock up on fresh batteries, too.
containers with drinking water and keep a supply of canned or dried
food, as well as any medications you need. Be sure to check expiration
your mobile phone so you can report outages or emergencies. Store key
contacts in your phone’s memory, and keep a paper copy for backup.
Always assume downed power lines are live and dangerous, and be mindful
natural gas odors. If you see a downed power line or trees touching
power lines, or if you need to report an electrical power outage, or
smell natural gas, call your utility toll-free with the location and any
specifics. Keep these numbers handy and programmed
into your mobile phone.
Visit UI’s Storm Center:
Visit the Storm Center at uinet.com
to find the Outage Map and Town Outage List — updated every 15 minutes
with outage totals across UI’s territory. You can also find additional
storm-related information, including Restoration Priorities, Storm Tips
and Storm Safety information.
Follow Us on Social Media:
fair weather, you can find the latest news, events and promotions
related to your UIL utility on our social media sites. During storms,
we’ll also post restoration
updates, news, safety notices and important information. Find us and
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