Storm Preparation for Businesses | National Grid
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As frigid temperatures, ice and snow begin to thaw, rivers, creeks and streams are rising to flood levels in some parts of our area. National Grid crews, as always, are ready to respond to any damage that may result from flooding, and we urge customers to be extremely cautious when dealing with any electricity or gas service that may be at risk. Make sure to stay out of flooded basements or standing water. Energized wiring, outlets and natural gas service below the water line may pose a hazard. If you smell natural gas, contact National Grid as soon as possible at 1-800-892-2345. For ways to stay informed during the storm, visit our Stay Connected page.

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.