RENO, Nev. (775 Times, NV Globe) – NV Energy is preparing for the next winter storm wave, which is anticipated to bring more wind and heavy snow to the Lake Tahoe and western Nevada region on Wednesday and through the weekend. Less than 1,000 of the 71,000 customers affected by the New Year’s Eve storm remain without power, and the company is still working to restore power to them.
In response to the storm last weekend and in preparation for the upcoming winter storms, company representatives claim that NV Energy has brought in and staged additional lineman resources from throughout Nevada, Oregon, and Utah to respond as effectively as possible to any impacts of the coming storm.
“These extra crews, when added to our existing NV Energy teams, more than triple the strength of our outage response, and help ensure we have every resource available to minimize the number and duration of outages that could result from the upcoming winter storm,” said Doug Cannon, NV Energy President and Chief Executive Officer.
Additionally, NV Energy is providing the following services to clients who have been without power since January 1:
- NV Energy is proactively contacting each remaining customer that is out of power from the New Year’s Eve storm to ensure that they have accommodations in place.
- Green Cross customers (those requiring active use of medical equipment at home) are being prioritized for restoration and NV Energy is also ensuring that these customers have accommodations in place.
- NV Energy is working with local counties to assist customers having trouble watering their livestock because of a power outage
The American Red Cross of Northern Nevada has already received a gift of $10,000 from the NV Energy Foundation to help in relief operations.
“We know that these extended outages have caused tremendous stress for thousands of our customers, and it is our goal to ensure they have access to essential services in order to stay safe,” Cannon said.
Additionally, NV Energy advises customers to be ready for impending winter weather and potential power disruptions and provides the following advice:
- Drip faucets to reduce the likelihood of a pipe rupture.
- Keep a supply of flashlights and batteries on hand. Do not use candles as they pose a fire risk.
- Charge cell phones and laptops.
- Have a supply of non-perishable foods, medicine, baby supplies and pet food, as well as one gallon of water per person per day.
- Do not run a generator inside a home or garage. Use gas-powered generators in well-ventilated areas.
- Consider all downed power lines as live and dangerous. If you see one, stay away and call 911 and NV Energy to report.
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