EEI prepares for Hurricane Sandy, activates mutual assistance network

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and its member companies are taking steps to prepare for Hurricane Sandy, which forecasters say may be the worst storm to hit the Northeast in 100 years, with the possibility of power outages lasting from seven to 10 days.

EEI also said it is activating its mutual assistance network. Utilities participating in the network are able to call upon extra workers and resources from other utilities across the country to assist in restoring power.

“With Hurricane Sandy predicted to strike as early as this weekend that could devastate the electric system for days, we urge customers to put safety first and be ready should severe weather reach their areas,” said Brian Wolff, EEI Senior Vice President. “EEI and its member utility companies understand that power outages of any duration are hugely disruptive to peoples' lives, which is why we are preparing now for Hurricane Sandy, which forecasters are predicting may become the worst storm to hit the U.S. Northeast in 100 years. Many of our member companies have already begun the process of pre-mobilizing thousands of storm and field personnel, and calling upon extra workers and resources from all across the country to assist in order to restore service as quickly and safely as possible.”

Two members of EEI, PPL Electric Utilities Corp. and PSEG, said they have started preparations for the storm, which is expected to hit the Northeast by Oct. 28.

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