CL&P Says It's Preparing for Sandy & You Can, Too

Here's what Connecticut Light & Power is doing to prepare for possible damage from Hurricane Sandy, and what it suggests you do to prepare.

With Hurricane Sandy expected to hit Connecticut in some way early next week, Connecticut Light & Power is starting to prepare for the storm — and the utility says you can prepare, too.    

"Customers can prepare by assembling a storm kit and making arrangements to look out for their families, friends and neighbors," the utility said in a news release.

The utility is revving up its emergency response plan, opening its Emergency Response Center and making preparations for restoring power if the storm damages lines, poles or other equipment.

"We’re closely monitoring weather forecasts and preparing for high winds and heavy rain that can devastate the electric system and cause power outages,” said Bill Quinlan, CL&P senior vice president ofemergency preparedness.  "The past year has been all about improving storm response, and we stand ready to respond as quickly and safely as possible.  While we hope for the best, we all need to prepare for the worst.” 

The utiity was strongly criticized after hurricanes last year, including the freak Halloween 2011 snow storm that left power lines down and electricity out for an extended period in Darien and elsewhere.

"CL&P will continue to be in close contact with town, state, and emergency management officials over the next few days to make sure all of our efforts are coordinated for a community-wide response," the utility announced in a news release.

What you can do

The utility suggests that customers with critical medical needs that depend on electricity be prepared to switch to a backup source of energy or be prepared to move to a more electricity-secure spot if necessary.

Here's a quick preparedness list suggested by the utility. The list runs through what's on the CL&P "Shopping for a Storm Kit" video attached to this article:

  • Flashlights with spare batteries
  • A battery-operated radio or TV
  • First-aid kit and medications
  • Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated foods
  • A manual can opener
  • Bottled water
  • Baby or pet supplies (if needed)
  • Important phone numbers
KikiMoon October 25, 2012 at 11:16 PM
I plan on having CL&P's number on speed dial on my cellphone and those of my 4 kids! Can't go through this again for another 7 days no power. Let's keep positive!
QWERTY October 26, 2012 at 12:54 AM
So, CL&P, how many crews will be working this Monday/Tuesday? I appreciate the obvious advice of having "Important phone numbers" on hand but I want to know that 10+ crews will be in Monroe hours after the storm is over.
jim laguardia October 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM
It would have been ideal if they (CL&P, and town) prepared for this during the spring and summer, how many power outages have there been in the Hattertown and Old Newtown road areas alone with just rain and wind since last winter?? Ironically We just got a tree pruning notice on the 24th but by law they have to wait 10 days to do it... Mother nature will probably do most of the work now.
QWERTY October 26, 2012 at 04:27 PM
CL&P, should I get my annual doctor's physical? Should I make sure to eat my Brussel sprouts too? Stick to keeping the power on and stop acting like your on the customer's side by reminding them to have battery-operated radios which will eventually die 3 days into a power outage. Sorry but I'm still a little miffed by this company's continued idiocy.
Geezer October 26, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Hey CL&P, topped off the propane tanks for my standby generator which should give me 6 - 8 days - about half the total time I expect to be off street power. By then, the streets should be open for my next refill. That's my plan and how much faith I have in your plan.
KikiMoon October 26, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I just saw this headline on WTNH... "CL&P Seeking 2,700 Workers For Sandy". Shouldn't they already have secondary and tertiary back-up workers for any storm? Seems kind of late to be hiring for Sandy.
QWERTY October 26, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Look now so they can hire next week, the CL&P way.
Quit Ur Crying October 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Wow here we go again with all the crying. Amazing how ignorant you all are and how quick you complain before doing some research. CL&P tracks storms far in advance of landfall and has negotiated contracts with contractor crews. It would be nice to have 1000's of crews here all the time but I can guess who would complain about paying for that. You of course. Yes you will lose power. We live in one of the most dense tree locations and the residents of CT refuse to let CL&P cut their precious trees and then complain about it. I say next time a tree from your yard falls on CL&P equipment they bill you for the damage.
jim laguardia October 26, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Maybe you could "quit ur judgin" the state itself said crews are being gathered now, and and I am pretty sure no one would have complained about getting trees cut over the last year, if you don't want to see our crying don't read our comments
Quit Ur Crying October 26, 2012 at 11:48 PM
CL&P requested crews days ago and people are quite stubborn when it comes to their trees. Unfortunately people choose trees over power then complain about them when power goes out. Thanks for admitting your crying by the way. Oh and if someone complains about losing food in their fridge when they have this much notice they are idiots.
jim laguardia October 27, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Thanks for admitting your company... Oh ummm I meant the idiots at CL&P has no intention of fixing things before food has a chance to spoil
Quit Ur Crying October 27, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Once again misinformed. You do realize the credit that CL&P gave out to customers last year was partially for loss of food. 30 million dollars in fact. Little research never hurts.
QWERTY October 27, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Food can go bad in the fridge after 24 hours without power. CL&P only reimbursed customers who were without power for 6 (or was it 7 days). The reimbursement had NOTHING to do with food and EVERYTHING to do with a PR stunt! I wonder if you hold your medical doctors to the same standards you do utility companies.
jim laguardia October 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Right like I said CL&P has no intention of restoring power in less then 24 hours... And since you are so interested in what I have to say on other articles you would have seen my prediction for this time is 6 1/2 days just long enough so they don't give the credits this time....
jim laguardia October 27, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Sorry just in case I was not clear that last remark was intended for "quit ur cryin"
Quit Ur Crying October 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM
I think your right about the payout. I believe there is some law trying to get passed for loss of food which I confused. However, if you think it's possible to restore power immediately after a storm that's just crazy. Plus there is no set amount of days before there is a payout which you will never see again since that was given due to false restoration times. You do realize that CL&P performed better or on par with industry standards during the last storms for restoration time.
Quit Ur Crying October 27, 2012 at 12:33 PM
I'm excited to see how it turns out this time with 2000 line contractors coming to the area. I predict most people will still complain about being out for just a couple days.
jim laguardia October 27, 2012 at 12:48 PM
First of all I am glad to see a change in the way you are communicating, thank you, some people will complain I will simply due to the fact that enough was not done with the trees being trimmed since last winter
Quit Ur Crying October 27, 2012 at 01:11 PM
CL&P spent twice as much on tree trimming this year. Think it was around 60 million. They used that money to trim main lines and transmission lines. The state has to approve the amount of money they can spend on tree trimming because we all pay for it. Residents need to take some responsibility for the trees on their properties. CL&P doesn't own any trees but is tasked with managing them when people neglect them on their own property.
jim laguardia October 27, 2012 at 02:33 PM
That's all great but hattertown and old Newtown especially have limbs on wires almost every storm
QWERTY October 27, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I'll believe the 2000 line contractors when I SEE the 2000 line contractors! My problem is this company takes us for idiots. Communication was terrible the days immediately following both storms last year. However, 3-4 days AFTER the storm had hit, you couldn't get CL&P to leave you alone with communications on how many line crew were scheduled to arrive in the state. I don't want to be told 6 days AFTER the storm has passed that there will be 1,000 line crews helping in restoration efforts! This company has had 7 days to prepare for hurricane Sandy, I expect at least 500-1,000 out of state tree and line crews working to restore this state on Tuesday. I'd even agree to a slight rate increase if they get my power back on within 48 hours. Crazy, I know.
jim laguardia October 27, 2012 at 05:15 PM
And let's not kid ourselves whatever they spent on tree trimming etc... Comes from us
Quit Ur Crying October 27, 2012 at 06:43 PM
That's exactly what I said about us paying for the tree trimming but the budgets are approved by the state. Qwerty- CL&P requested 2000 line contractors but guess who else is asking for those crews?... every single electric company on the east coast. CL&P can't make line contractors so its a battle to acquire those crews against all other utilities. They are flying in crews from across the country tonight so says the news which gives you an idea of how hard it is to gather the crews.


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