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For Immediate Release: September 16, 1999
"CONDITION RED" WEATHER ALERT ISSUED BY CON EDISON AS HURRICANE FLOYD ADVANCES
Con Edison upgraded an earlier weather alert to "Condition Red" for the electric distribution system for New York City and Westchester County in anticipation of Hurricane Floyd.
The company is mobilizing emergency personnel and equipment. Crews, already on standby since a Condition Yellow alert was issued yesterday, are assigned throughout the service area for rapid restoration in the event of outages. Alerts are generally declared when major weather systems are projected to affect Con Edisonís service territory.
Con Edison has contracted with extra tree trimming companies from as far away as Ohio and Michigan. Additional overhead line contractors are available to clear fallen trees so company personnel can safely reach and repair damaged power lines.
The company also has additional personnel ready to assess damage as it occurs and to plan recovery efforts. Environmental response teams are prepared to react if needed. Crews have been assigned in 12-hour shifts to meet customer service needs.
Customers on life sustaining equipment have been informed of the stormís progress and customer service representatives have advised them on how to make arrangements in the event of a power outage. Major customers such as hospitals and geriatric centers with special needs have also been alerted. The company has also significantly increased staffing in its Call Centers to respond to customer inquires.
The company has also arranged for supplies of dry ice to be ready for customers in the event of any prolonged power outages.
Con Edison continues to be in close contact with the New York City Office of Emergency Management and the Westchester County Office of Disaster and Emergency Service to coordinate preparation efforts.
Con Edison offers the following storm tips to customers to help weather the possible effects of a storm: