Nova Scotia Power Opens Emergency Operations Centre

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Nova Scotia Power Opens Emergency Operations Centre

March 15, 2017
HALIFAX, NS – Nova Scotia Power has opened its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at 11:30 pm on Tuesday, March 14 to respond to outages caused by the storm moving through Nova Scotia. The main cause of outages is trees falling onto powerlines due to significant winds, with gusts of above 100 km/hr in many parts of the province.

The EOC is the nerve centre for restoration planning and response and is staffed with employees representing all aspects of the company.

Powerline and tree crews were positioned across the province in preparation for the storm. Crews will work through the night to restore power, and will continue to respond in the morning.

“The storm is still very much active. Our estimated restoration times take that into account,” said Matt Drover, Nova Scotia Power’s storm lead. “Once our crews arrive on site and assess the damage, estimated restoration times may be updated.”

In situations where there are multiple power outages, we restore power in phases to ensure places like hospitals can stay open before we 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. The phases are as follows:

Phase 1 - Restoration of public safety issues and emergency situations
Phase 2 -Restoration of NS Power critical infrastructure such as transmission lines and substations
Phase 3 - Restoration of Emergency Management Office (EMO) critical infrastructure such as hospitals, shelters, and essential provincial and municipal services
Phase 4 - Restoration of main electrical feeders servicing communities and neighbourhoods
Phase 5 - Restoration of branch power lines servicing individual streets
Phase 6 - Restoration of individual homes and businesses