Lyme’s Senior Center Newsletter

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

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CL&P UPDATES HEAT WAVE INFORMATION

Friday, July 19th, 2013

 

CL&P Emergency Preparedness and Response Briefing
Friday, July 19, 2013, 1:30 p.m.
 CL&P prepared for extreme heat today, anticipated severe weather tomorrow

Operational Status: Monitoring        
        Emergency Event Level: To Be Determined

OVERVIEW (red = new information since yesterday’s Briefing)
·        Today’s extreme heat continues to increase demand on the state’s electric system; news outlets are reporting this month may be the hottest July in Connecticut’s history
·        CL&P has made significant investments in strengthening its system infrastructure and remains well-prepared for the heat wave; however, the long-term stress of heat wave conditions may result in minor system impacts
·        ISO-New England, the regional electric system operator, is asking consumers to voluntarily conserve electricity between noon and 8 p.m. through the end of the week as a precautionary measure to help keep electricity supply and demand in balance
·        On the sixth consecutive day of the heat wave, the temperature could reach the 100-degree mark. Isolated showers could occur between 2 and 11 p.m. Tomorrow, potentially severe thunderstorms, frequent lightening, hail, heavy isolated downpours and damaging wind gusts up to 55 mph are expected between late morning and 8 p.m.
·        Preparations are also being made to respond to the anticipated severe weather tomorrow across Connecticut, as a cold front moves in

SYSTEM STATUS
·        We continue to monitor weather conditions
·        The system remains stable, with no transmission or substation issues, and all critical equipment is in service
·        There are currently fewer than 100 customers without power across the state
·        Since the heat wave began Sunday, CL&P has restored about 21,000 customers associated with approximately 520 outages
·        Electric loads remain near record-breaking; today’s expected loads are:
o        27,850 MW in New England; the record was 28,130 MW on August 2, 2006
o        7,250 MW for all electric utilities in Connecticut; the record  for Connecticut was 7,479 MW on August 3, 2006
·        Yesterday, CL&P’s peak load was estimated at 5,538 MW, likely surpassing its all-time peak load of 5,516 MW in 2011. Although still unconfirmed, the peak load record may again be broken today, if projections hold

PLANNING
·        CL&P continues to operate in accordance with its heat wave preparedness procedure
·        Employees and all others affected by the heat are reminded to stay safe by drinking plenty of fluids, maintaining a well-balanced diet, and following recommended work/rest cycles
·        We are currently planning for a Level One event to address any system impacts from anticipated severe weather tomorrow; a Level One event, according to CL&P’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan, includes fewer than 400 locations requiring repairs
·        All CL&P employees with storm assignments have been notified to be on standby through the weekend; supervisors and managers are also prepared to support sister companies through New England, if needed

LOGISTICS
·        Storerooms are well-stocked with materials
·        100 percent of CL&P lineworkers have been placed on call (110 crews; 220 workers)
·        105 outside crews (210 workers) have been secured for assistance Saturday and Sunday, if needed
·        Tree contractors are currently available to assist in restoration work, if needed
·        Patrollers, wires down guards and storm room staff are expected to be in place or available by mid-day tomorrow
·        A “gateway” will be set up at CL&P’s Berlin headquarters Saturday to prepare outside crews for a safe restoration according to CL&P standards

OPERATIONS
·        CL&P’s operational status for the heat wave is continuing in MONITORING mode.  Conditions exist that could present a potential risk to the electrical system in time, but currently pose no immediate threat
·        All substations and critical system components have been inspected; all nonessential work has been postponed; the transmission and distribution systems are in normal configuration
·        During this heat wave, CL&P is not performing residential disconnections for nonpayment
·        There was an Operations/Emergency Preparedness conference call at 10 a.m. today; the next operations call is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. tomorrow
·        The next weather update and preparedness call is scheduled for 1 p.m. today
·        Essential staff will be available in CL&P’s Emergency Operations Center tomorrow morning

PUBLIC INFORMATION

·        We will be reaching out to key stakeholders, including emergency management, regulatory and municipal officials, with information about our preparedness and planning details this afternoon
·        CL&P continues to encourage customers to voluntarily conserve electricity, offering information about energy conservation in the media, through social media and on cl-p.com
·        For cooling center information and resources, customers may call 211 or visit www.211ct.org/disaster/cooling_centers.asp .  Customers may also visit the Connecticut Dept. of Public Health at http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3115&q=480536 for tips to cope with extreme heat.  To report an outage, call 800-286-2000 or visit www.cl-p.com
·        Energy-efficiency information is available on www.cl-p.com:  http://www.cl-p.com/Home/SaveEnergy/Energy_Efficiency_with_Enoch/?MenuID=4294986341
·        Customer reminders, in the event of outages, include: safety around downed wires and proper generator use.  For safety tips, go to www.cl-p.com
·        For helpful information:
o        Visit the Storm Center at www.cl-p.com
o        Follow us on Twitter @CTLightandPower
o        Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/ctlightandpower
o        Text the word “outage,” followed by a space and your zip code to 24612

CL&P RELEASES LATEST HEAT WAVE ADVISORY

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

CL&P Emergency Preparedness and Response Briefing
Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 2:15 p.m.
 CL&P continues to meet demand for electricity on Day 4 of the heat wave

Operational Status: Monitoring        
        Emergency Event Level: To Be Determined

OVERVIEW (red = new information since yesterday’s Briefing)
·        Demand on the electric system continues to rise; however, we prepare every day for severe weather, and have made significant investments in strengthening our system infrastructure
·        CL&P is encouraging customers to voluntarily conserve electricity, offering information about energy conservation in the media and on cl-p.com
·        ISO-New England, the regional system operator, has initiated a Capacity Deficiency alert for New England.  ISO-NE is asking customers to “voluntarily conserve electricity as a prudent precautionary measure to help keep supply and demand in balance during this heat wave.”
·        The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for most of the state for today.  Heat index values of ~100 degrees F are forecasted.  An Excessive Heat Watch has been issued for Thursday, which means that dangerously hot temperatures are expected.  A thunderstorm threat will be increasing through the rest of the week
·        According to the Albany National Weather service, Connecticut last experienced a seven-day heat wave during this same week in 1991

SYSTEM STATUS
·        There are currently 977 customers without power, mostly in the central part of the state
·        We continue to monitor weather conditions
·        The system is stable, with no transmission or substation issues, and all critical equipment is in service
·        High electric loads are forecasted again today in New England: 27,000 MW.  The New England record was 28,130 MW on August 2, 2006.  The forecasted load for Connecticut today is 7,000 MW.  The Connecticut record was 7,479 MW on August 3, 2006.  Thursday is expected to bring higher loads

PLANNING
·        CL&P is operating in accordance with its heat wave preparedness procedure
·        We’re forecasting increasingly higher electrical loads, and the long-term stress may result in minor system impacts.  We have planned extra staffing to address those potential impacts
·        CL&P lineworkers are ready to respond to any power emergencies
·        Tree contractors are currently available to assist in restoration work, if needed
·        Several NU employees have experienced what appear to be heat-related illnesses so far this week.  Employees and  all others affected by the heat are reminded to stay safe by drinking plenty of fluids, maintaining a well-balanced diet, and following recommended work/rest cycles; a new Heat Stress Advisory Message  was sent to CL&P management on July 17 for distribution to employees

LOGISTICS
·        Storerooms are well-stocked with materials

OPERATIONS
·        CL&P’s operational status is continuing in MONITORING mode.  Conditions exist that could present a potential risk to the electrical system in time, but currently pose no immediate threat
·        All substations and critical system components have been inspected; all nonessential work has been postponed; the transmission and distribution systems are in normal configuration
·        During this heat wave, CL&P is not performing residential disconnections for nonpayment
·        There was an Operations/Emergency Preparedness conference call at 1 p.m. today
·        The CL&P Emergency Operations Center is not scheduled to open at this time

PUBLIC INFORMATION

·        Positive media coverage of CL&P’s dedicated lineworkers, covered head to toe in protective gear despite the heat, will be on evening news TV channels WFSB (3), WTNH (8) and FOXCT (61).

Emergency Cooling Center at Lymes’ Senior Center Open Tuesday, July 16, 2013 through Friday, July 19, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Cooling Center at Senior Center Open Tuesday, July 16, 2013 through Friday, July 19, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

The Lymes’ SeniorCenter at 26 Town Woods Road will operate as an Emergency Cooling Center Tuesday, July 16, 2013 through Friday, July 19 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Transportation is available through 9 Town Transit. Please phone 860.510.0429 if you are in need of transportation to and from the Cooling Center.

The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection offer the following tips during extreme high temperatures:  

Slow down, and avoid strenuous activity.  Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature. Protect your face with a wide-brimmed hat.

Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you don’t feel thirsty.  Limit intake of alcoholic beverages — they can actually dehydrate your body.  Eat well-balanced, light, regular meals.

Stay indoors as much as possible.  If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help evaporate sweat, which cools your body.

Go to a place where you can get relief from the heat, such as air conditioned schools, libraries, theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities that may offer refuge during the warmest times of the day.  Cover windows that get morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers. Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.  Avoid too much sunshine. Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself. If you are outside, use sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating. 

Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.  Do not leave pets outside for extended periods. Make sure pets have plenty of drinking water.

Check on family, friends, and neighbors regularly.

For more information go to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention: Extreme Heat, http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.asp

TOWN HALL CLOSING ANNOUNCED

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

The Lyme Town Hall and Town Garage will be closed Monday, July 15, 2013 in order to allow employees and elected officials to attend the memorial service for Board of Finance Chairman Gary Reynolds.

Lyme’s Senior Center Calendar and Survey

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

The Lyme’s Senior Center calendar for July is available. click here

Take the Lyme’s Senior Center survey and have a chance to win $50. click here

4TH OFJULY TOWN PARADE, PICNIC, AND CONCERT

Monday, July 1st, 2013

4TH OFJULY TOWN PARADE, PICNIC, AND CONCERT

Date: Thursday, July 4th

Location: Begins at Camp Claire on Cove Road, ends at the Lyme Grange for food and music.

 The Cove Road 4th of July parade has been a Lyme tradition for years.  Participants in the parade should gather between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM at Camp Claire.  The Parade will begin at 10:00 or when everyone is ready. Lyme Parks and Recreation will be providing food at the Grange following the parade. No registration required.  The band Two for the Show will be performing following the parade.