October 29, 2012 08:13 ET
VAUGHAN, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 29, 2012) - Since PowerStream employees continually train and exercise for emergencies, the utility is ready to respond to 'Sandy', the tropical depression approaching southern Ontario. The company's System Control Centre is continuing to monitor weather forecasts and storm models. Mitigation strategies are being made to prepare line crews and additional field and communications staff to respond as the situation evolves.
PowerStream encourages its customers and others in southern Ontario to be prepared too - before the power goes out. Emergency Management Ontario and local emergency responders recommend that residents prepare and plan to be self-sufficient for 72 hours in an emergency situation.
Power Outage Preparation - Know what to do before the power goes out, during a power outage and after power is restored -, available on the PowerStream website, is an extensive list of do's, don'ts and instructions including "Do build a 72-hour emergency kit" before the power goes out, "Do follow the Ontario Fire Marshal's fire safety rules if using candles or lanterns", "Do stay away from downed powerlines" and "Don't ever use a charcoal or gas barbecue, camping heating equipment or portable generator indoors. They produce deadly carbon monoxide gas," during a power outage.
More emergency preparedness information and updates are available at Emergency Management Ontario.
PowerStream is the second largest municipally-owned electricity distribution company in Ontario, providing service to approximately 355,000 customers residing or owning a business in communities located immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario. It is jointly owned by the Cities of Barrie, Markham and Vaughan.
PowerStreamEric FagenDirector, Corporate CommunicationsMedia Line (24/7): firstname.lastname@example.org
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