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Norm Needleman

Representing Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook

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Senator Needleman Shares Tips Amid Strong Storms Causing Power Outages Monday

With strong rain and wind battering Connecticut on Monday, State Senator Norm Needleman (D-Essex) shared tips for members of the public to use in the event they lose power. Tens of thousands of Connecticut residents already lost power by the mid-afternoon Monday as strong storms with wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour hit the state, with more outages likely before its conclusion in the evening.

First, Sen. Needleman said, anyone who loses power should report outages to Eversource at 1-800-286-2000 or through Eversource.com. Eversource.com is also an important resource as it contains maps of outages and potential restoration times.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, having enough water to continue proper hygiene is important. If a power outage is possible, fill containers with potable water before the power goes out or as soon as possible after. Hand washing with soap and water is vital during a power outage. If using well water, fill several buckets or even a bathtub with water. Make sure separate containers are available for use of soap and rinsing hands.

Additionally:

  • Keep phones and electronic devices charged. Driving for a few minutes can help recharge devices that lose battery power.
  • Stay home – do not go for walks, as high winds can carry debris or knock down trees.
  • Generators should be set up and run away from closed spaces and away from homes.
  • If a wire is downed, always assume it is live, avoid touching it, do not drive over it and do not move it. Call 911.
  • Maintain social distancing despite a power outage. In the event of a medical emergency, call 911 and give first responders plenty of distance for safe response.


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