Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro prepares for another winter storm

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) is preparing for another severe winter storm forecast by Environment Canada to hit parts of the province on Monday afternoon and continue into Tuesday and Wednesday.

The forecast for Burgeo/Ramea, Burin Peninsula, Port Aux Basques (and vicinity) and the Connaigre Peninsula is for a winter storm bringing snow, blowing snow and ice pellets expected Monday into Tuesday. For the Avalon, Bay St. George and St. John’s there is a winter storm warning bringing significant snowfall accumulations Monday and into Tuesday.

In preparation for the storm, Hydro is ensuring a state of readiness by activating its emergency preparedness protocols. The Energy Control Centre is monitoring the storm and the system closely and all stand-by generation has been tested. Hydro’s Customer Call Centre is available to answer customer calls and questions.

Customers are urged to stay safe and prepare for possible outages. Safety information can be found at Hydrosafety.ca and GetPrepared.gc.ca.

Some things to include in an emergency kit include:
• Flashlights and extra batteries
• Battery or crank operated radio
• First aid kit
• Bottled water (2 litres per person per day)
• Any medications you may need
• Corded telephone or a fully charged cell phone
• Non-perishable foods
• Warm clothing and blankets
• Games, cards and books to keep everyone busy
• To protect equipment unplug all sensitive electronic appliances during storms -DVD players, televisions, etc.

Some tips for staying safe during a power outage:
• Never go near or touch a fallen power line.
• Don’t use camp stoves or barbecues indoors as they produce hazardous fumes.
• Turn thermostats to the lowest setting or switch them off; and keep only one light on to let you know when power has been restored.
• Do not plug a portable generator into the wiring system of a home or building. This action could result in serious injury to utility workers.
• Listen to the radio.
• Stay warm with blankets and wearing layers.
• Spend some quiet, quality time with friends and family while crews work to safely restore power.

Customers can get updates on the Hydro Power Outages and Emergencies (24 hrs) line at 1-888-737-1296 or on Hydro’s website at www.nlh.nl.ca.