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March 13, 2017
For Release: Immediately
Central Hudson Warns Customers to be Prepared

(Poughkeepsie, NY) Officials with Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation are advising local residents to be prepared for the major snowstorm headed for the Northeast. The utility is completing all stages of its own preparation for a major storm emergency, including the confirmation of all necessary resources.

"With a potential for as much as two feet of snow forecast for our region, we are also urging customers to take every precaution to be ready in the event of resulting service interruptions," said Senior Vice President of Customer Services and Transmission and Distribution Charles A. Freni. "While we invest year round in our infrastructure and in programs to remove trees and other vegetation from our lines, heavy snow, high winds and/or icing all have the potential to impact our facilities in a storm of this magnitude."

Freni recommended that customers act now to prepare for the storm as following:

PREPARE NOW:

  • Pay attention to weather advisories, storm outage updates and/or shelter information.
  • Charge electronic devices in order to connect with https://StormCentral.CenHud.com.
  • Keep handy a flashlight and fresh batteries.
  • Have a battery-powered radio to remain informed of restoration efforts.
  • Confirm adequate packaged or canned foods that require no refrigeration or cooking.
  • Avoid opening a refrigerator unnecessarily during outages, so that food lasts longer.
  • Have a non-electric can opener.
  • Keep an emergency supply of bottled water on hand for drinking and washing.
  • Fill bathtubs with water as added reserves.

 

"Remember to never use outdoor gas or charcoal grills indoors. They pose a fire hazard, and over time can give off deadly carbon monoxide gas. Use these appliances only outdoors with proper ventilation," Freni said.  He also advised customers to know how to open their garage door manually if they usually rely on an electrically operated, remote-control door opener.

BE CAREFUL:

  • Stay at least 30 feet away from downed power lines, and remember that lines may be entangled and hidden in fallen trees. Assume all downed lines are live;
  • Beware of fallen trees and limbs, and use caution or traveling;
  • Avoid the use of candles for illumination due to fire hazards;
  • Follow the manufacturer's safety instructions on the use of emergency generators, and be sure to shut off the main breaker when in use and operate the units outdoors;
  • Never use outdoor gas or charcoal grills indoors, as they pose a fire hazard and over time can give off deadly carbon monoxide gas; and
  • Operate cars and motor vehicles outdoors only, and never inside the garage.

 

            STAY IN TOUCH:

  • By text messaging: Customers should enroll in Central Hudson's Texting Program to use text messaging to report their power condition and to obtain repair status. To enroll, visit www.CentralHudson.com/Alerts or text REG to 236483;
  • On the Web: Visit www.CentralHudson.com/Storms to report outages and obtain restoration updates;
  • Via smart phones: A mobile version of the Central Hudson's website can be accessed by web-enabled cell phones and mobile devices at https://mobile.CenHud.com. Free Central Hudson mobile applications for Android and Apple and are also available by logging onto www.CentralHudson.com/mobileapp;
  • Through Social Media: "Like" Central Hudson on Facebook (Facebook.com/CentralHudson) and "Follow" on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/CentralHudson); and
  • By Phone: Call the Central Hudson PowerLine at (845) 452-2700 or 1-800-527-2714, and please use the automated system to report or monitor your power condition.

 

More information on preparing for storms and emergencies and communicating with Central Hudson is available at www.CentralHudson.com; for information regarding electric and natural gas safety, visit www.CentralHudson.com/Safety.

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Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is a regulated transmission and distribution utility serving approximately 380,000 customers in portions of eight counties of New York State's Mid-Hudson River Valley; it delivers natural gas and electricity in a 2,600-square-mile service territory that extends from the suburbs of metropolitan New York City north to the Capital District at Albany. Its mission is to deliver electricity and natural gas to an expanding customer base in a safe, reliable, courteous and affordable manner; to produce growing financial returns for its owner; to foster a culture that encourages employees to reach their full potential; and to be a good corporate citizen. Visit www.CentralHudson.com for more information.

 

Central Hudson became the first American utility subsidiary of Canadian holding company Fortis Inc. in June 2013.   Fortis is a leader in the North American utility industry with assets of approximately $48 billion and 2016 revenue of $6.8 billion. Its regulated utility companies serve more than three million customers across Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. Visit www.Fortisinc.com for additional information.