Storm Preparation for Businesses | National Grid
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Storm Alert

Weather forecasts are calling for heavy rain, thunderstorms, gusty winds, and the potential for flash flooding in Rhode Island today. National Grid is prepared and we urge you to be safe and ready, too. It is a good idea to always keep several working flashlights and an extra supply of batteries in your home. We also recommend charging mobile devices prior to the storm so you can stay connected in the event of a power outage.

Proper preparation will help your business weather 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.