Northampton Fire Chief Brian Duggan knows this all too well.
“Typically Northampton has had its share of disasters. I remember 1 year I had 3 federally declared disasters in a short period of time ranging from tornadoes to snowstorms, and with that, what this would do, it really focuses the resources in the right place,” he said.
During a meeting at National Grid’s Northampton offices, the company outlined their latest plan for preparedness, including use of their weather predictive tool which uses data from past storms to help predict future events, and Enhanced Damage Assessment, using iPads to get info from the field, so that they can fix the issue faster.
National grid also says that they do reach out to customers if that they don’t hear from them in emergencies, however, there are some things you can do to protect yourself. “It’s a call to action to make sure our customers might have supplies they might need if there were a storm. That they know where neighbors live who might be alone during a storm. We put out notices to remind people frequently to stay away from downed wires,” stated Marcy Reed, President of National Grid Massachusetts.
They also recommend building an emergency supply kit with non-perishables, water, and first aid materials, planning locations where your family can meet, and knowing your community’s plan.
It’s all in an effort to make sure that in the event of an emergency, you’re equipped to handle it before it happens.
National Grid also advises customers to keep up with them on social media, On twitter @nationalgridus, and Facebook at National Grid MA.
You can also sign up for text alerts by texting the word “storm” to NGrid, or 64743.