Are You Prepared to Respond to Storm Duty?

By Kathie Cornelius

Events like Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana and Hurricane Irma on the east coast and the disasters we have experienced here in our service territory over the last decade are reminders of the importance of emergency preparedness and public safety.  A nationwide preparedness campaign is underway during this “National Preparedness Month” to encourage all Americans to take simple steps to better prepare themselves, and their friends and families, for emergencies at home, work and school, and in their communities.

The nature of our work gives a different definition to “being prepared.” We are encouraging you to take preparation one step further, and to be fully prepared to respond to emergency response/”storm duty” activation. Hurricane Harvey was strong and loud kick-off to a six-month stretch when weather events that affect power or gas supplies are more likely.

Storm/emergency duty is not optional. When you are activated, it is your obligation to respond and report for duty. When you are activated, your storm assignment becomes your primary and only job responsibility during the restoration and may last from a few hours up to several days or weeks.

The role you have during emergency restoration, which may not have anything at all to do with your day-to-day job, is part of a comprehensive Emergency Response Plan that provides for safe and cohesive response of National Grid resources and employees.

Here are some reminders for management employees in particular:

  • Verify your storm assignment, which you can confirm in the SEAL (storm emergency assignment listing) database.
  • Review training requirements for your storm/emergency response assignment in Learning Link. (See this job aid on how to do that.)
  • Prepare a bag for the possibility of an extended assignment that includes extra clothes based on the forecast, any medications you need, toiletries, cell phone and charger and back-up battery pack, cash, non-perishable food/snacks, towels, etc.
  • Ensure your PPE is in good condition.
  • Ensure your vehicle is in good condition and that you have in it a small snow shovel, windshield wiper fluid, snow brush, and ice scraper.
  • Ensure that your family, loved ones and pets will be well prepared at home while you are away with tips from gov. This will give you the peace of mind while you’re working to help restore power to our customers. This includes enlisting stand-by family or pet care.

If you have any questions about your assignment, or how well prepared you are to carry-out your responsibilities, please contact Emergency Planning.

One Comment

Kathleen De Rosa

Good Morning , I am a clerk for for the company and I would like to be join or be part of the Emergency Response Team and help in anyway way possible,if it helps I’m also bilingual English/Spanish., Is the any type of classes that I would have to take to qualify? I don’t drive but I will get to the location that is required one way or another.

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