2007-09-14 / Community

LIPA Urges Residents Not to Let Guard Down

As the anniversaries of the two most damaging hurricanes to hit the region approaches, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and Keyspan urge residents and businesses to keep an eye on the long-range tropical weather forecasts and continue with hurricane preparations.

On September 27, 1985, Hurricane Gloria blew through the area, causing significant property damage and over 750,000 power outages that took nearly 12 days to fully restore.

On September 21, 1938, the storm christened the "Long Island Express" moved up the East Coast at 70 miles per hour and with winds in excess of 180 miles per hour, causing catastrophic property damage and a number of fatalities.

"We're not out of the woods yet," said LIPA CEO/President Richard M. Kessel, after a meeting that discussed response strategies and preparedness plans.

"Long Island must remain vigilant and continue to prepare for a hurricane or other significant emergency. We all must prepare for the worst while hoping for the best," Kessel said.

LIPAhas taken several steps, such as storm tracking, as well as an automated customer service system.

This system can process more than 100,000 customer calls per hour.

In addition, all employees are trained for storm emergencies and work extended shifts around the clock to complete all service restorations as quickly as possible.

Governor Spitzer recently issued a proclamation declaring September 2007 as Preparedness Month in New York. Residents should be prepared. Hurricane season is not over.

For more information on hurricane preparedness, as well as links to weather sites and emergency response agencies, visit LIPA's website at http:// lipower.org.

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