Nova Scotia Power is activating its Emergency Operations Centre at 8 p.m. today, in preparation for a major winter storm.
“Weather forecasts are calling for heavy wet snow followed by high winds across the province, beginning early Thursday morning,” said Matt Drover, Nova Scotia Power’s storm lead. “In preparation, we’re stationing power line crews and forestry teams across the province, and we’re staffing up our Customer Care Centre.
“We will be ready to respond to customer outages as quickly as it is safe to do so. Based on the current track, we expect this storm to cause power outages across the province. The forecasted snow may make travel difficult, and could impede crews in early response to outages. We encourage people to monitor their local weather forecasts and make preparations accordingly.”
NSP encourages customers to plan for their safety. Some tips include having an emergency kit with flashlights, a battery-powered radio and fresh water, ensuring backup generators are installed properly and charging electronic devices. If power is lost, turn off and unplug electrical equipment, such as televisions and computers to prevent damage when power is restored. Visit www.nspower.ca/stormready for a full list of safety and storm preparedness tips.
In situations where there are multiple power outages, NSP restores power in phases to ensure critical services like hospitals can stay open before beginning work in other areas. Larger outages on transmission lines and in substations are restored ahead of smaller outages to restore electricity to the greatest number of customers.