How to Plan for a Storm | National Grid
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Storm Alert

National Grid is prepared for the 4th Nor’easter to hit our region in 3 weeks. Our crews are prepared in the event the forecasted snowstorm causes damage to our region’s natural gas network, and we want to ensure you are prepared, too. As you dig out of your homes and businesses, remember the deep snowpack left by snow removal equipment may have clogged vents, furnaces and other appliances. These conditions could lead to natural gas leaks. If you suspect a gas leak, make sure you leave the premises immediately and call National Grid’s emergency number at 1-718-643-4050.

Proper preparation will ensure your business weathers any storm.

If a storm is approaching your area, ensure the safety of your employees and protect your property by taking these precautions:

  • Secure your building.
  • Cover windows.
  • Cover and move equipment/furniture to a secured area.
  • If dependent on data processing, consider an alternate site.
  • Make provisions for alternate communications and power.
  • Be prepared to work with limited supplies of cash, and be without water, sewer or power for at least two weeks. Store emergency supplies at the office.
  • Employee safety comes first! Prepare, distribute and exercise your business hurricane plan for recovery.
  • Consider providing shelter to employees and their families and helping with supplies post-storm.
  • Establish a rendezvous point and time for employees in case communications are disrupted.
  • Establish a call-down procedure for warning and post-storm communications.
  • Provide photo IDs and a letter of authorization to enter the building.
  • Contact customers and suppliers:
    • Share your communications and recovery plan in advance.
    • Prepare a list of vendors to provide disaster recovery services.

Assist the Elderly

Part of being a good neighbor is helping the elderly during dangerous weather. If you have elderly neighbors, make sure they are aware of approaching storms and ask if they need help with the steps listed here.