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NYSEG AND RG&E ALERT CUSTOMERS
TO THE POTENTIAL FOR STORM-RELATED POWER INTERRUPTIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rochester, NY, June 10, 2008 – With an end to the oppressive heat and humidity in sight, NYSEG and RG&E are alerting customers to the potential for power interruptions as a result of severe storms that may rumble across the state today. 

“Thanks to the efforts of our customers who conserved energy to help lessen the stress on our electricity delivery system over the last few days and our employees who diligently maintain our system, we weathered the heat wave with few problems,” said Mike Conroy, vice president - operations at NYSEG and RG&E. “Now we all need to be prepared for potentially severe storms that are expected today.”

Here are some tips on how to be prepared for power interruptions:

  • Have flashlights, a battery-operated radio or television and fresh batteries handy.
  • Have a working telephone. (Cordless and digital phones may not work during a power interruption; it’s best to have at least one corded phone in your home.)
  • Store adequate supplies of water and non-perishable food.
  • If you do not have surge protectors, unplug sensitive electronic equipment – televisions, microwave ovens, VCRs and computers – that could be damaged by lightning or power surges.
  • If you have a garage door opener, know how to manually open the door.

Any NYSEG customer who relies on life-sustaining equipment should contact the company right away at 1.800.572.1111; RG&E customers who rely on life-sustaining equipment should contact the company at 1.800.743.2110. Those customers are kept apprised of power restoration efforts if an interruption extends beyond 24 hours.