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National Grid Crews and Emergency Management prep for Sandy


Albany, N.Y. - Prepping for days in advance, the State Office of Emergency Management and National Grid are ready to deploy crews and resources once Sandy hits.

The State Office of Emergency Management was hard at work Friday as they coordinated with local and state agencies preparing for the storm. The office wants to make sure residents are also ready to take any emergency orders.

"If you're asked to evacuate keep in mind that this could be life safety implications and you need to evacuate. You need to find yourself higher ground, get to a shelter in a proper area. No one is going to set up a shelter in a flood area, that's not how our programs work," said Director of the New York State Office of Emergency Management, Steve Kuhr.

It's also important to have a plan if you are evacuated.

"Have a plan. Have a personal preparedness program in place. We need to have in our homes a plan for where we would evacuate to, where we would mobilize with our families," said Kuhr.

In response to potential outages National Grid says it will respond to its critical care customers first.

"Hospitals, emergency services, fire departments, things like that. Things that are going to be necessary services for people," said Spokesperson for National Grid, Patrick Stella.

Next in line for service restoration would be those without special needs.

"We have to start with the largest amount of outages and then we just go down the numbers. We do the best we can and we do it as safe as possible," said line mechanic with National Grid, Joe Logiudice.

To prepare you also need to have an emergency kit with food, water, flashlights, any medicines you need, and a battery powered radio.

For updated information you can visit NYAlert.


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