Nova Scotia Power Opens Emergency Operations Centre

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Nova Scotia Power Opens Emergency Operations Centre

December 29, 2016

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia Power has opened its Emergency Operations Centre in advance of severe weather.

“Our Emergency Operations Centre is now open and we are working with the provincial Emergency Management Office in advance of this wind storm,” said Stephen Pothier, Nova Scotia Power’s storm lead. The EOC is the nerve centre for restoration planning and response and is staffed with employees representing all aspects of the company.

“This storm is forecast to bring extreme winds across the province and that is expected to cause outages,” said Pothier. “We are preparing for the storm, placing crews around the province, and working with staff and partners to make sure restorations are done safely, as quickly as possible.”

NS Power is asking its customers to prepare now as well. Some tips include having an emergency kit that includes flashlights, a battery-powered radio and fresh water, ensuring backup generators are installed properly outdoors and charging mobile devices. Further tips for individuals and families on how to prepare for a storm can be found at NSPower.ca/stormready.

We will have damage assessment and power line crews in place across the province ready to respond and begin restoration efforts when it is safe for them to do so.

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. 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

 

FOR BROADCAST USE:

NOVA SCOTIA POWER HAS OPENED ITS EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRE IN ADVANCE OF A POWERFUL WIND STORM.

THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRE IS WORKING WITH THE PROVINCIAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CENTRE ON RESTORATION PLANNING AND STORM RESPONSE.

NOVA SCOTIA POWER SAYS EXTREME WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO CAUSE POWER OUTAGES AND THE COMPANY IS MAKING ADVANCED PREPARATIONS. CUSTOMERS ARE ASKED TO PREPARE AS WELL AND VISIT NSPOWER.CA/OUTAGECENTRE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

IN CASE OF WIDE-SPREAD PROLONGED OUTAGES, CUSTOMERS ARE ASKED TO LISTEN TO THEIR LOCAL RADIO STATION, VISIT THE OUTAGE MAP AT NSPOWER.CA/OUTAGES OR CALL 1-877-428-6004.

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About Nova Scotia Power

Nova Scotia Power Inc. is the largest wholly-owned subsidiary of Emera Inc. (TSX-EMA), a diversified energy and services company. Nova Scotia Power provides 95% of the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power to 507,000 customers in the province. The company is focused on new technologies to enhance customer service and reliability, reduce emissions and add renewable energy. Nova Scotia Power has 1,700 employees and $4.6 billion in assets. Learn more at https://nspower.ca/en/home/default.aspx



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