Nova Scotia Power Activating Emergency Operations Centre

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Nova Scotia Power Activating Emergency Operations Centre

February 11, 2017

HALIFAX, NS – Nova Scotia Power will activate its Emergency Operations Centre Sunday evening in advance of more severe weather forecast for overnight Sunday and through Monday.

“For the second time in a week, weather forecasts are calling for significant snow and wind, and we are preparing for it,” said Matt Drover, Nova Scotia Power’s storm lead. “We will activate our Emergency Operations Centre, which is the nerve centre for our restoration planning and response and is staffed with employees representing all areas of the Nova Scotia Power. We are preparing for this storm by placing crews around the province, and working with staff and partners including the provincial Emergency Management Office to make sure restorations are done safely, as quickly as possible.”

NS Power is asking its customers to prepare now as well. Some tips include having an emergency kit that includes flashlights, a battery-powered radio and fresh water, ensuring backup generators are installed properly outdoors and charging mobile devices. If you lose power, turn off and unplug electrical equipment, such as televisions and computers to prevent damage when power is restored.

Nova Scotia Power will have damage assessment teams and power line crews in place across the province ready to respond and begin restoration efforts as soon as it is safe for them to do so. Given the amount of snow predicted, travel may be difficult, complicating early response.

In situations where there are multiple power outages, we restore power in phases to ensure places like hospitals can stay open before we work in other areas. Larger outages on transmission lines and in substations are restored ahead of smaller outages to restore electricity to the greatest number of customers. The phases are as follows:

Phase 1 - Restoration of public safety issues and emergency situations
Phase 2 -Restoration of NS Power critical infrastructure such as transmission lines and substations
Phase 3 - Restoration of Emergency Management Office (EMO) critical infrastructure such as hospitals, shelters, and essential provincial and municipal services
Phase 4 - Restoration of main electrical feeders servicing communities and neighbourhoods
Phase 5 - Restoration of branch power lines servicing individual streets
Phase 6 - Restoration of individual homes and businesses