GMP Ready to Respond While Crews Follow Important Health and Safety Precautions
COLCHESTER, Vt. – Green Mountain Power (GMP) is alerting customers that a storm is forecasted to bring rain and strong gusty winds to Vermont starting late Monday morning, and that winds may be powerful enough to take down trees and powerlines causing outages. Forecasters say the large low-pressure system predicted to hit the entire Northeast will reach southern Vermont late Monday morning and exit through the north of the state Monday evening.
“We want customers to know that this storm is on the way and we want them to be safe. We’ve been tracking this system for days, and our field crews are ready. We will respond to possible outages as quickly and safely as possible, as the storm conditions could prove challenging depending on how the forecast plays out,” said Mike Burke, Chief Field Operations Executive at GMP. “The regions around us in New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts are also expecting high winds and heavy downpours.”
GMP is urging safety for customers and reminding them to stay away from any downed lines or trees. Also, due to COVID-19, GMP made operations adjustments to increase safety for crews and customers including social distancing. Crews are being dispatched to outages and other essential safety work from their homes and whenever possible, crews are traveling to work sites in separate vehicles. GMP is also encouraging customers to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from crews, following CDC social distancing guidelines for the health and safety of everyone. With so many Vermonters at home right now, there are limitations on where people can go if they experience an outage and GMP is encouraging all customers to charge all electronic devices, batteries and other equipment if available.
GMP is also reminding customers to be prepared and to call GMP at (888) 835-4672. For medical emergencies, call 911. Vermont’s 211 service can help connect you with health and well-being resources. Storm Preparation and Safety Tips
You can also report outages and track restoration times.
About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 266,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and is partnering with them to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. GMP earned a spot on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in the World list four years in a row (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020). J.D. Power’s 2018 and 2019 rankings put GMP among top utilities for customer satisfaction. In 2019 and 2020 GMP was named “One of the Best Places To Work in Vermont” by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, and was the winner of the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award in 2019.
Kristin Kelly, Green Mountain Power
We want customers to know that this storm is on the way and we want them to be safe. We’ve been tracking this system for days, and our field crews are ready. We will respond to possible outages as quickly and safely as possible, as the storm conditions could prove challenging depending on how the forecast plays out.Mike Burke, GMP Chief Field Operations Executive.