National Grid issues hurricane preparedness reminder

WALTHAM, MASS. – Hurricane season is underway and National Grid is reminding people to be prepared.

High winds and torrential rains generated by tropical weather increases the possibility of power outages.

National Grid released a statement saying hurricane preparedness is a “year-round responsibility we take very seriously.”

Director of Emergency Planning, Michael G. McCallan said, “We work constantly to make certain that our transmission and distribution systems will stand up to the worst weather.”

National Grid announced it is refining its restoration procedures by conducting emergency exercises and drills to gauge the company’s readiness.

It will conduct in-depth analyses of each major storm and refines its processes from lessons learned.

National Grid has also installed weather stations in 30 communities across Rhode Island and Massachusetts that provide real time weather information and feed information into a storm probability software program developed with MIT to improve preparedness and speed restoration.

Residents have also been warned to be prepared by having working flashlights, battery-operated radios and an extra supply of batteries.

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