News Release
WMECo Readies for Nor’easter

Company reminds customers to be prepared for storm-related power outages

Springfield, Mass. (February 7, 2013) – As the region braces for heavy snow and the possibility of strong wind gusts, WMECo is prepared to safely and quickly respond to any storm damage and related power outages across its service area. As the company continues to monitor weather forecasts WMECo has placed all of its employees on high alert and is notifying the municipalities of our plans.

“WMECo stands ready and has activated its emergency response plan to serve our customers throughout the storm,” said WMECo President and COO Peter Clarke. “The company is prepared for the adverse weather conditions, including difficult working and driving due to the snow and wind. Safety is our number one priority and crews will respond to any emergencies as quickly and safely as possible.”

As WMECo reaches out individually to its customers listed as requiring electricity for life support devices to make sure they are prepared for potential outages, the company suggests all customers prepare for power outages by assembling a storm kit in advance and making arrangements to protect themselves and their families. Some suggestions for items to include in a storm kit are:
• Flashlights with spare batteries
• A battery-operated radio or TV
• First-aid kit and medications
• Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated foods
• A manual can opener
• Bottled water
• Baby or pet supplies
• Prescription medications

WMECo also reminds all customer that while back-up emergency generators can be very useful during power outages, it’s crucial to personal safety and the safety of others – including WMECo line crews – that they be installed and operated properly. For more information about storm preparation and generator safety, or to view WMECo’s outage map, please visit the Storm Center section of

Priscilla Ress
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