National Grid Prepares for Strong Storms Across Eastern New York

This is an official release.

Albany, N.Y. – With high winds forecasted across eastern New York National Grid crews and support teams are preparing in the event that strong winds cause damage to the region’s electrical network.

Weather forecasters are calling for a severe thunderstorm watch until 8pm tonight in the Capital Region with predictions of widespread torrential downpours and high winds.

“Our first priority is always the safety of the public, our customers, and our employees,” said Peter Altenburger, National Grid director of overhead line in eastern New York. “We have been tracking this front, and preparedness plans are in place to make sure our crews are ready to respond as quickly and safely as possible.”

National Grid has invested more than $6 billion dollars strengthening its upstate New York electricity and gas system in the past ten years.


Electric Safety

National Grid asks customers to stay alert for electricity service interruptions:

  • Keep National Grid’s power outage reporting number – 1-800-867-5222 – on hand in case needed. In an outage, our customers should call this number immediately to expedite restoration.
  • If you use a generator to supply power during an outage, be sure to only operate it outdoors. Regardless of ventilation, never operate a generator indoors. Before operating a generator, be sure to disconnect from National Grid’s system by shutting off the main breaker, located in the electric service panel. Failure to do this could endanger our crews and your neighbors.
  • Never touch downed power lines; always assume they are carrying live electricity. If you see a downed line, report it immediately to National Grid at 1-800-867-5222 or your local emergency response organization.
  • Keep a number of working flashlights, at least one battery-operated radio and an extra supply of batteries in your home. A radio is a good way to stay informed, as National Grid keeps news media up-to-date on service restoration efforts.
  • In case an outage is prolonged, keep a supply of bottled drinking water handy, along with some canned food and a manual can opener.
  • Our customers who depend on electrically powered life support equipment, such as a respirator should register as a life support customer by calling National Grid’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-642-4272. (In a medical emergency, always dial 911.)


National Grid also advises staying tuned to local media for important announcements from emergency officials about possible evacuations or other emergency procedures. In most areas, information on storm shelter locations is available by calling 211. Also, please check on elderly family members, neighbors and others who may need assistance in a service outage.


Stay Connected

National Grid offers several ways to stay informed and safe – before, during and after a storm:


  • For real-time power outage information, online outage reporting, and in-depth storm safety information, visit the Outage Central section of our website, Customers who create an online profile on our website can also sign up for email alerts.
  • To receive text message alerts and updates from National Grid, text the word STORM to NGRID (64743).
  • Online and text alert services can be started and stopped at the customer’s request.
  • Other ways to stay in touch:


Click here for a video on how National Grid restores power after a major storm.




About National Grid

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects more than 20 million people to vital energy sources through our networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. We are the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.
National Grid is transforming our electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner and more resilient energy solutions. Read more about the innovative projects across our footprint in our US president’s eBook, The Democratization of Energy.


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