Nova Scotia Power opens Emergency Operations Centre

HALIFAX, NS – Nova Scotia Power is opening its Emergency Operations Centre this evening in advance of severe weather.

“Our Emergency Operations Centre is opening as we work with the provincial Emergency Management Office in advance of this snow and wind storm,” said Matt Drover, Nova Scotia Power’s storm lead. The EOC is the nerve centre for restoration planning and response and is staffed with employees representing all aspects of the company.

“This storm is forecast to bring heavy snow to the province but the key concern for the electrical system is the winds that are expected to accompany the snow,” said Drover. “We are preparing for this storm by placing crews around the province, and working with staff and partners 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.

We will have damage assessment 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.

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