Spark saved after it’s bought by green energy firm OVO

first_imgHome » News » Spark saved after it’s bought by green energy firm OVO previous nextProducts & ServicesSpark saved after it’s bought by green energy firm OVOThe 290,000 customers of specialist rental market utilities supplier Spark Energy including many estate agents and landlords, will see no disruption in service.Nigel Lewis28th November 201801,151 Views Utility supplier Spark Energy has been bought by Bristol-based renewable energy firm OVO Group just days after Spark announce it was in difficulties, blaming ‘increasingly tough trading conditions’.Spark Energy is the only specialist utility company supplying the rental market and has been in business since 2007, accumulating 290,000 customers and a turnover of £140 million.“We will service our customers, under OVO’s licence, from our existing offices, and continue to grow our niche model of partnering with leading letting and estate agent companies,” says Spark’s CEO Chris Gauld.Based in Selkirk, Scotland, it employs 300 staff and has a significant number of letting agents and landlords including high-profile players including Countrywide.Gauld also said it is ‘business as usual’ and that its acquisition by OVO Group will ‘significantly benefit the rental sector’. He also says Spark’s customers will see no disruption of its service, which offers property portfolio managers and landlords easier and more cost-effective management of their property’s utility bills as tenants move in and out, including during voids.Renewables tariffThe deal also brings a first for the rental sector from OVO Group; a 100% renewable energy tariff. Alongside its gas and electricity arm, Spark also supplies broadband, telephony and bespoke Sky TV packages, tailored to the requirements of people in rented accommodation.Earlier this year the company launched its digital home-move assistant, Tili, enabling home movers to set-up their essential utilities in just ten taps and three minutes while offering new income streams for the property industry.ovo group Chris Gauld spark energy November 28, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

USA: HII Hoists Last Piece of Primary Structure onto CVN 78

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: HII Hoists Last Piece of Primary Structure onto CVN 78 View post tag: 78 % View post tag: Navy View post tag: Hoists View post tag: CVN Training & Education View post tag: structure May 9, 2013 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Piece USA: HII Hoists Last Piece of Primary Structure onto CVN 78center_img Share this article View post tag: Defence Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division hoisted the last piece of primary structure onto the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) on Tuesday. The lift was the last of 162 superlifts and brings more than three years of structural erection work to a close.Susan Ford Bales, the ship’s sponsor and daughter of the late President Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford, was unable to participate in the construction milestone but wrote a letter of appreciation to shipbuilders.“Your final superlift for the carrier might seem to be just a part of an ordinary work day at the shipyard, but this superlift is anything but ordinary,” she wrote. “Completing the structure of the Ford is a significant achievement and a shining example of the extraordinary skills of you shipbuilders. It also brings us one step closer to delivery of the carrier to the Navy and honoring Dad’s remarkable legacy of service to our nation as a naval officer in World War II and as commander-in-chief.”The unit is the forward end of one of the ship’s catapults, which are used to launch aircraft from the ship. Weighing 66 metric tons, the unit is 75 feet long and comprises four steel sections. Gerald R. Ford is being built using modular construction, a process where smaller sections of the ship are welded together to form large structural units, equipment is installed, and the large units are lifted into the dry dock using the shipyard’s 1,050-metric ton gantry crane, one of the largest in the Western Hemisphere.“Although the unit itself is relatively small, it is an enormous achievement in the life of this aircraft carrier and in our journey to christen and launch CVN 78 this fall,” said Rolf Bartschi, NNS’ vice president, CVN 78 carrier construction. “I am extremely proud of the hard work and commitment demonstrated by our shipbuilders who have made this important accomplishment possible.”Another shipbuilder who contributed to the milestone is John Mazach, a retired Navy vice admiral who served as vice president of business development at NNS from 2004 to 2008. Mazach, who called the order that initiated the lift, was instrumental in securing the first commitment and funding for the Ford-class program.“As the first new-design aircraft carrier in more than 40 years, the Gerald R. Ford class will begin to succeed Nimitz-class carriers when CVN 78 delivers in 2016,” said Ye-Ling Wang Bird, Navy deputy program manager for future aircraft carriers. “She will provide the Navy with greater operational capability, built-in flexibility to accommodate future improvements and improved survivability at reduced total ownership cost to the taxpayers.”Remaining work on the ship prior to launch includes hull painting, shafting work, completion of electrical systems, mooring equipment, installation of radar arrays, and flooding of the dry dock. Ford has been under construction since November 2009.[mappress]Press Release, May 9, 2013; Image: HII View post tag: HII View post tag: Defense View post tag: last View post tag: Naval View post tag: Primary View post tag: ontolast_img read more

Canadian AUV Dorado on sea trials for new role

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Canadian AUV Dorado on sea trials for new role View post tag: Dorado AUV June 15, 2016 Canadian Navy’s Dorado Semi-Submersible ready to deploy from ISE’s MV Researcher, Belcarra, BC. Photo: ISEThe Royal Canadian Navy’s interim remote mine-sweeper Dorado is currently performing sea trials in Belcarra, British Columbia in preparation for a new role in its service.The purpose built semi-submersible autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), built and housed by International Submarine Engineering, has been equipped with environmental / water quality monitoring gear by a team of researchers from the Dalhousie University. A comprehensive suite of measurements housed on the AUV will allow scientists to remotely survey near-surface/sea-surface conditions.Funded by the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Network, Principal investigators, Dr. Douglas Wallace and Dr. Mae Seto saw the opportunity to employ Dorado as a way to rapidly survey large areas of the surface ocean.Chris L’Esperance, a PhD student at Dalhousie University’s Department of Oceanography, supported by a team from the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Ocean Science and Technology Laboratory, is leading the design, integration and testing of the system. On loan from Defence Research Development Canada (Dorado’s Owner/Operator), L’Esperance and ISE’s Operations Team are in Belcarra until June 17.Dorado is capable of towing a sonar towfish at speeds up to 12 knots and depths to 200 meters. It is powered by a 315 kW marine diesel engine. Air is drawn through the mast and exhausted through the stabilizer above the contra-rotating propeller. The engine also provides power for the hydraulically operated control planes and the keel-mounted winch for the sonar towfish.The 8.23 meter long vehicle has a dry weight (with fuel) of 5900 kg and reaches speeds of 18 knots with no tow and between 10 and 15 knots with tow. Share this articlecenter_img View post tag: Canadian Navy Authorities Canadian AUV Dorado on sea trials for new rolelast_img read more

Students in 27 hour human trafficking protest

first_imgStudents have organised a 27 hour demonstration, to raise awareness about the 27 million victims of human trafficking worldwide.JustLove, a Christian student group, took turns to stand in central Oxford last weekend to encourage people to demand that clothing and food supplies be free of trafficking. Over 1,000 people signed two petitions, one calling for an end to trafficking, and another calling for the United Nations’s 2015 Development Goals to focus on reinforcing public justice systems.The event, entitled ‘Stand for Freedom’, was originally suggested by the charity International Justice Mission.Hannah Coate, a student at Jesus College, organised the 27 hour protest. She said, “The idea of Stand For Freedom came from the charity International Justice Mission who send lawyers, investigators and after-care professionals to countries all around the world who then work with local police forces and lawyers to rescue victims of trafficking and prosecute traffickers.”She continued, “We thought that by taking it in turns to stand in the centre of Oxford for 27 hours over a busy weekend, we would be able to draw attention to the problem of trafficking and encourage people to demand that clothing and food supply chains be free from trafficking.”Coate commented that the event was success. “We were also able to talk to people who had never heard of human trafficking and who were shocked to hear the statistics and about the extent of trafficking in seafood and cotton industries especially.”JustLove’s campaign will continue in Michaelmas, when students will be called to engage with the Modern Slavery Bill, which is currently being debated in the Commons.last_img read more

Man who Repeatedly Burglarized Elderly Woman’s Home Arrested

first_imgOn Tuesday, June 14, 2016 the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office arrested a burglar believed to be responsible for repeatedly breaking into an elderly woman’s home while she slept.On June 11, 2016 the Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of burglary at a residence off Big Cynthiana Road near New Harmony Road. Overnight an intruder had broken into the home of the elderly woman who lives there. The burglar had ransacked the kitchen and the garage, making off with the victim’s purse.When asked about possible suspects, the victim recalled having an unusual visitor to her home a week earlier.  The victim recalled that a man had come by claiming to be an associate of her recently deceased husband. The man reportedly gave his name as “Pfender”. The victim reported that she had allowed the man to use her bathroom before he left.A few days later the victim was notified that someone had tried to use her deceased husband’s credit card. The Home Depot on Pearl Drive confiscated the credit card and an ID card belonging to the victim’s late husband. With the assistance of personnel at the Home Depot, the Sheriff’s Office learned that two suspects had attempted to use the card, one had even claimed to be the grandson of the card holder.  When the store declined the transaction, both men fled from the store. The Home Depot provided a description and video of the suspects and their vehicle.During the course of the investigation, Deputy Rob Lutz recalled a recent incident in which he arrested a Mr. Ryan Pfender on an outstanding warrant. Deputy Lutz remembered that Mr. Pfender drove a black Ford Focus hatchback, which matched the appearance of the suspect vehicle from the Home Depot.On June 13 the Sheriff’s Office located Mr. Pfender’s unoccupied vehicle and impounded it. Pursuant to a search warrant, detectives recovered stolen items from inside the vehicle (which included the driver’s license of the burglary victim’s deceases husband).On June 14 the Sheriff’s Office located Mr. Pfender at his grandmother’s residence on Koring Road.  Mr. Pfender confessed to having broken into the residence on Big Cynthiana on three (3) separate occasions, in addition to breaking into vehicles in the area of North Peerless Road.Deputy Mike Bishop stated, “A number of sheriff’s deputies put in the extra time to solve this case. I think we were all alarmed that an individual would knowingly burglarize a home in which an elderly woman was sleeping.  A number of bad outcomes could have easily occurred.”   Deputy Robert Lutz added, “This individual needed to be taken off the street quickly.”The investigation remains open and additional charges are possible.ARRESTED:Ryan David Pfender (pictured above), 23, of Evansville. Burglary of a Dwelling as a Level 4 Felony, Theft from a Motor Vehice as a Level 6 Felony, Criminal Mischief as a Class B Misdemanor. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Young Entrepreneur Opens Downtown Spot for Beach-Tag Gifts

first_imgJustin Juliano was a 17-year-old Haverford High School student in 2011 when he started an online store selling beach towels featuring all the beach tag designs used since Ocean City started requiring them in 1976.Juliano, now a Cabrini College sophomore, is expanding to a bricks-and-mortar shop on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City. A complete line of his Tag-R-Up products — from towels to pillowcases to charm bracelets — is available at the Gatherings on Asbury co-op at 700 Asbury Avenue.Juliano is promoting a Valentine’s Day combo pack in an offer that expires on Feb. 14.As a summer resident on 28th Street in Ocean City and a seasonal employee at the Acme, Juliano always knew that beach tags (for better or worse) are part of Ocean City culture.Juliano, who said he was inspired after being confronted by a tag inspector, researched the history of beach tags in Ocean City. His products include a complete collection of designs. Seasonal tags cost $5 in 1976 ($3 if purchased before May 31). Today, the cost is $25 ($20 if purchased in the pre-season).More information can be found at http://www.tagrupdesigns.com.More information on leasing vendor space at Gatherings on Asbury Avenue ($100 to $600 monthly) is available by calling Bob Taylor at 609-938-0691 or emailing [email protected]last_img read more

Ocean City Financial Group – Helping Ocean City Residents Plan for Tomorrow

first_imgMark Reimet and Jodie Booth of Ocean City Financial GroupIf you’re like most people, the day moves fast and is filled to the max with family, friends, work, hobbies and life. Most of us are too occupied with day-to-day living to spend much time thinking about tomorrow’s finances.If you want to enjoy a secure financial future, the time to start making key decisions is now.“There’s no shame in not having all of your financial plans in place. Everyday life gets in the way of making long-term decisions on things like college saving, retirement planning, insurance and investment management. I see it every day.” says Mark Reimet, Financial Planner and Owner of Ocean City Financial Group.Reimet opened Ocean City Financial Group in 1997 after recognizing a need for long-term financial planning among the residents.“Ocean City’s population of retirees, young families and business owners want local advisors who are familiar with this unique market. There’s security in knowing that you can pop into our office on Asbury Avenue anytime, with even the smallest question. And because we too live, work and play in Ocean City, our clients trust that we have the best interest for them and for our community.”Ocean City Financial Group’s niche is three-fold:Advising families on risk management and investment planning needsWorking with business owners on employee benefits and retirement planningAssisting retirees with investment and estate planning needs“Even people who have significant resources fail to implement a well-planned financial strategy,” says Reimet. “We help our clients bring their financial picture into focus in the low-pressure, no-judgements, friendly environment that you’d expect from an Ocean City family-owned business.”Reimet and Booth are trusted advisors to many of Ocean City’s residents. Retired Navy Admiral and former City Councilman Ron Denney has been a client for nearly 20 years.“When I first moved to Ocean City I needed a local financial planner that I could trust. I did my research and was very impressed when I met Mark,” says Denney. “He is extremely conscientious about what he does, he has a super foundation and a super family. I think very highly of him, his partner Jodie Booth and how they run the company. Mark has been a great resource, and has also become a great friend.”Reimet began his financial services career in 1988, after graduating from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. He gained valuable experience working with his Dad and mentor, a financial consultant with over 38 years of experience. From their suburban Philadelphia office, Reimet went on to establish new regional offices in Berks and Lancaster Counties, as well as spending time working on Wall Street.In 1997, Reimet opened the office in Ocean City and established a relationship with MassMutual Financial Group, a Fortune ® 500 company (FORTUNE® Magazine, 6/16/14) and one of the world’s most admired companies.He first brought on his business partner Jodie Booth as a summer intern in 2003 on the referral of attorney Joel Mott. “I’ve known Jodie and her family since she was a kid,” says Mott. “I recommended her to Mark because I knew her to be very professional, organized and driven. I thought she would be the perfect fit to help Mark grow the business.”It didn’t take long for Reimet to recognize her unique strengths and talents. She joined the team immediately after graduating with Honors from Stockton University with a BS in Finance.Booth’s niche is helping families and individuals plan for their futures. “Jodie grew up in the area, knows many of our clients on a personal level and is deeply connected to the community,” says Reimet. “She has had tremendous success helping our clients protect their most important assets, accumulate wealth, and make sound financial decisions for their futures.”“Even though I know Jodie personally, our meetings are always very professional,” Mott adds. “I’ve watched Jodie go from being a success on the softball field as a kid to a success in her business.  Both Mark and Jodie have great ideas, are thorough and quick to follow-up.  I’m proud to be their long-time client.” Likewise, Reimet and Booth call Mott a “pivotal mentor, someone who has been a sounding board and trusted advisor for our ideas.”Mary Adams, Susan Smith and Dana Linthicum round out the Ocean City Financial Group team, handling administrative services, payroll and marketing respectively. And they consistently bring on summer interns to give young students real-world experience.Additionally, being tied to the Philadelphia MassMutual office means that Reimet’s team is backed by more than 100 additional advisors. The Philadelphia office provides compliance review to ensure that every client’s best interests are being met.The trusted and friendly vibe isn’t the only reason to check out Ocean City Financial Group. Located on the top floor of the Crown Building in the heart of downtown, OCFG boasts some of the best views of the island. ‘We have a bird’s eye view of Ocean City. It’s a feel-good environment for our staff and clients.”Looking over the city is a constant reminder to Reimet and Booth of their commitment to the community. “We fully recognize that Ocean City is much more than a place to do business. It’s where we raise our families and foster friendships. We believe we have a responsibility to give back. We coach youth sports, help organize cultural events, serve on charitable boards, raise funds for hospitals and schools, and volunteer whenever we can to make the Ocean City region even better.”So if you see Reimet on the OCYAA baseball field or Booth at a fundraiser, don’t be afraid to ask them any financial question you may have. Or email your financial questions to [email protected] and Reimet or Booth will reach out to you personally with an answer.Because it’s never too soon to start focusing tomorrow. Securities, investment advisory and financial planning services are offered through qualified registered representatives of MML Investors Services, LLC. Member SIPC (www.sipc.org). Supervisory Office: 2 Bala Plaza, Suite 901, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 Tel: (610) 660-9922. Ocean City Financial Group, LLC is not a subsidiary or affiliate of MML Investors Services, LLC or its affiliated companies.InsuranceWe have individuals licensed to sell insurance products in the following jurisdictions: AZ, CA, CT, DE, FL, MA, MD, NJ, NY, PA, RI, SC, TX, VA.Jodie Booth domiciled in NJ, California License No. OG98279SecuritiesWe have individuals registered to offer securities in the following jurisdictions: AZ, CT, DE, FL, MA, MD, NJ, NY, PA, RI, SC, TX, VAlast_img read more

Mike Casey Roars On Exciting Live Release “The Sound Of Surprise”

first_imgSimply put, Mike Casey‘s recently released live album, The Sound Of Surprise, is a perfect example of passion for the form meeting the ability to express oneself through their instrument. Jazz is about expression more than perfection. Musical rules and conventions are painstaking learned so that they can be broken in as many ways as possible. Casey and bandmates, drummer Corey Garcia and bassist Matt Dwonszyk, pursue the razor’s edge of speaking from the heart and in the heat of the moment.In more traditional musical settings, the rhythm section is generally called on to create a stable floor for the melody to touch upon and rise above. “Hydraulics” opens in seeming mid-riot, all percussion and pulsing bass that instantly establishes dissonance as the new foundation. When Casey and his bubbling, breathless sax enter, his lines seem to skip impossibly like a stone across raging waters. The ensuing track, a cover of Ornette Coleman‘s “Turnaround,” shows them capable of slowing the tempo and creating negative space just as easily in a remarkable display of call and response.The razor sharp sound and interplay of tracks like “Dagobah” and “Heartbreak” are made more impressive when you learn that each cut was a live, first take, completely free of studio bells and whistles. Casey and his cohorts display of confidence extends from their playing to their song selection. Songs like “Mack The Knife” and those penned by luminaries like John Coltrane, such as “Miles Mode,” are made over with a eye towards respect and reinvention all at once.The closer of this collection, “Little Mellonae,” is a playful and energetic encapsulation of the spirit on display throughout the show. Casey’s sax moans and wails while the brash interplay between the rhythmic instruments rises and falls with passion and precision. The Sound Of Surprise is a worthy addition to the library of any jazz aficionado. By albums close, the listeners have shared a journey with the performers that, luckily for all of us, lasted beyond the moment of creation and now will exist forever for us all to enjoy.last_img read more

Jeff Tweedy Adds 2019 Spring Solo Tour Dates

first_imgToday, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy has added a batch of tour dates to his already extensive 2019 spring solo tour in support of his recently released album WARM.The newly added shows are placed midway through the previously announced tour, with stops at Columbus OH’s Davidson Theatre on March 31st, followed by performances at Ann Arbor, MI’s Michigan Theatre (4/1); Toronto, ON’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre (4/3); Pittsburgh, PA’s Carnegie Lecture Hall (4/4); Boston, MA’s Berklee Performance Center (4/6); a two-night stand at New York City’s Town Hall (4/8 & 4/9); and Washington, D.C.’s Lincoln Theatre on April 10th.Following two previously scheduled shows in Savannah, GA and Decatur, GA, Tweedy will wrap up his solo tour with stops at Chattanooga, TN’s Walker Theatre (4/14); Louisville, KY’s Headliners Music Hall (4/16); Cincinnati, OH’s Cincinnati Music Hall (4/17); and a tour-closing performance at Champaign, IL’s Virginia Theatre on April 18th.For a full list of Jeff Tweedy’s upcoming solo tour dates, see below. For ticketing information, head here.Jeff Tweedy Upcoming Tour Dates (newly added dates bolded):02-27 Iowa City, IA – Englert Theatre %02-28 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant %03-01 Oklahoma City, OK – Page Woodson Theater %03-03 Dallas, TX – Majestic Theatre %03-04 Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre %03-07 Germantown, TN – Germantown Performing Arts Center %03-08 Birmingham, AL – Lyric Theatre %03-09 Macon, GA – Hargray Capitol Theatre %03-11 Ponte Vedra, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall @03-14 Tampa, FL – Tampa Theatre @03-15 Fort Lauderdale, FL – The Parker Playhouse @03-17 Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live Theatre @03-19 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel @03-20 Nashville, TN – James K. Polk Theater @03-21 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre @03-31 Columbus, OH – Davidson Theatre %04-01 Ann Arbor, MI – Michigan Theatre %04-03 Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre %04-04 Pittsburgh, PA – Carnegie Lecture Hall %04-06 Boston, MA – Berklee Performance Center %04-08 New York, NY – Town Hall @04-09 New York, NY – Town Hall @04-10 Washington, D.C. – Lincoln Theatre @04-12 Savannah, GA – Lucas Theatre for the Arts04-13 Decatur, GA – Amplify Decatur Music Festival04-14 Chattanooga, TN – The Walker Theatre @04-16 Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall @04-17 Cincinnati, OH – Cincinnati Music Hall @04-18 Champaign, IL – Virginia Theatre @% with Buck [email protected] with James ElkingtonView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Hundreds of workers coming to Vermont ahead of hurricane

first_imgHundreds of contract utility and tree workers from as far away as Illinois, Missouri, Texas and Canada are on their way to assist Vermont utilities as Hurricane Irene bears down on the region. They are expected to arrive before the storm. Vermont crews and support staff are on standby, and supplies, lodging, food and other logistical details are being firmed up to ensure a strong response if the storm brings significant problems. Government officials are also coordinating efforts to assure the necessary resources are available. Utilities urge customers to prepare for the possibility of being without power for several days, possibly even more, should the storm take a track for the worse. There is a high probability of damaging high winds and heavy rain that could cause extensive damage, power outages and flooding Sunday into Monday. Customers across the state could see widespread power outages beginning Sunday afternoon, though the exact track of the storm is still uncertain. Utilities and officials are urging Vermonters to plan to remain indoors in a safe location beginning Sunday afternoon as the storm begins to hit the state. Customers with life support and special medical needs are a priority in restoring power, but it may be impossible to restore power quickly and those with medical concerns should make alternative plans now. All customers should prepare to be without power for several days, possibly more, and should make contingency plans ahead of time. Vermonters are urged to stay off the roads Sunday evening and throughout the storm unless absolutely necessary. Officials remind Vermonters to reduce cell phone usage during the storm, but to call their local utility when they lose power. Stay away from all downed power lines or anything in contact with those lines. Weather, infrastructure damage and falling trees may prevent crews from responding to outages safely for a period of time. Due to the dangerous nature of sustained winds up to 50 mph, and higher gusts, much of that predicted to hit after dark, crews will do their best to respond to emergency situations, but will not begin repair work until the most dangerous weather has passed through the state. Roads may also be blocked or closed after the storm goes through, which could also slow restoration efforts. Current forecasts for Hurricane Irene include the threat of sustained winds of 30 to 50 mph, with gusts of 65 to 75 mph. Vermont utilities urged customers to be sure to have flashlights, batteries, food and water available in case they lose electrical service, and suggested that friends, family and neighbors check on elderly Vermonters who may need help.  Candles are not recommended as light sources during a power outage due to fire risk.When electricity goes out, the utilities’ first concern is safety, then restoring service to large blocks of customers and critical facilities, like hospitals.Who gets power restored first?When electricity goes out, the utilities’ first concern is safety.  Line work and downed lines present great risks to employees and customers, so safety is a grave concern.  Always stay at least 50 feet from downed lines!When major storms hit and outages occur, we try to restore service to all of our customers as soon as possible. Here’s a look at our priorities:Problems that present an imminent danger to life.Failure at a key point on the system affecting thousands of customers, such as a transmission line (a main highway of the power system).Main distribution lines, which are smaller than transmission lines, but may serve hundreds of customers.Hospitals, police and fire stations, and other critical facilities.Single lines.Single customers.Cleanup work. If you’re on life support, please call your utility.The utilities offered the following advice:Before outages occur, be sure you have a phone that is hard-wired and does not rely on electricity.Fill a bathtub with water before you lose service so the water can be used to flush toilets when the power is out. PREVENT UNSUPERVISED BATHROOM ACCESS TO CHILDREN.Treat any downed line as if it is live.  Report the line to your local utility and fire department, stay at least 50 feet away from the line, and keep children and pets away as well.If using a generator, read and follow the owner’s manual before starting it.  Never operate a generator inside any structure or near a structure.  Use a transfer switch to ensure electricity is not accidentally fed onto a line where line crews must work.Keep freezers and refrigerators closed as much as possible to prevent food spoilage.If power goes out, turn off all electrical appliances except one light so you’ll know when service returns.  Then, turn equipment back on slowly.Never use grills inside garages, sheds or other buildings, as the fumes can be poisonous.last_img read more