Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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CMP is prepared for Hurricane Earl
AUGUSTA, Maine, Sept. 2, 2010 — Central Maine Power Company is prepared for possible power outages with Hurricane Earl forecast to skirt the coast in the early morning hours on Saturday.
“We’re well prepared. Our storm response team began preparations early in the week, and we’ve been in frequent contact with the Maine Emergency Management Agency, “said CMP spokesman John Carroll. “Extra crews will be deployed for Friday night, and all crews will report to work at 5 o’clock Saturday morning. We also have agreements with several contractors to provide extra line crews and tree crews on Saturday morning as well.”
CMP offers customers some simple steps to stay safe and comfortable if power outages do occur.
- • Keep the CMP outage reporting number and your account number handy. Your outage report will be registered automatically when you call the outage number: (800) 696-1000.
• Keep battery-operated flashlights and radios on hand, along with supplies of drinking water and non-perishable foods.
• Never use grills or camp stoves indoors — they can give off dangerous gases.
• For customers with generators:
- o Carefully read and observe all instructions in your generator's owner manual.
o Don't run a generator indoors, even in an open garage.
o Hire a licensed electrician to install permanent generators and transfer switches.
o Make sure portable generators are properly grounded.
o Don't store fuel indoors or try to refuel a generator while it's running.
o Refer to CMP's web page on generator safety: http://www.cmpco.com/UsageAndSafety/electricalsafety/GeneratorSafety/default.html
The company urges customers to use caution if they see downed lines.
“If the storm hits, our first concern will be public safety. Everyone should stay clear of any downed power lines and fallen trees along the roadway,” said Carroll. “Downed lines should all be considered live and dangerous. The public should leave the clean-up to our crews, who are trained and equipped to handle these situations safely.”
CMP also reminds drivers to use caution when approaching utility crews in the roadway. The working conditions are difficult, and they will appreciate everyone's consideration for their safety.
Additional information on storm safety and restoration, including a town-by-town listing of outages in the CMP service area with an area map, can be found on CMP's web site at www.cmpco.com.
About Central Maine Power Company (CMP): Central Maine Power Company, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility. The company delivers about 9 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually to more than 600,000 homes and businesses, representing about 80% of Maine’s annual consumer sales of electricity. The company has been ranked #1 in customer satisfaction three times by J.D. Power and Associates. Iberdrola USA, part of the Spanish-based Iberdrola Group, serves nearly 3 million gas and electric customers in five northeastern states through six subsidiaries in the region including CMP. For more information, visit cmpco.com.