National Grid Prepared for April Storm to Impact Ma - Representative Joe McGonagle

National Grid Prepared for April Storm to Impact Ma

National Grid is prepared for an April storm to impact Massachusetts Tuesday evening through late Thursday, bringing heavy rain, gusting winds, and potential snowfall into the region.  The primary concerns associated with this storm include heavy rainfall, potential snowfall, and strong gusting winds across Massachusetts, including hazardous wind gusts that could reach up to 60 mph. Strong wind gusts have the potential to damage trees and knock down power wires, causing power outages in impacted locations. The storm is expected to depart by the end of the day Thursday, and calmer weather is expected for Friday.

National Grid is preparing for the storm by securing additional crews and personnel as part of the company's emergency response operations and preparedness activities. This includes overhead line, forestry, contractors, underground, damage assessment, wires down, transmission, and substation workers. As forecasts evolve, the company will continue to assess resource needs.


As always, the safety of our customers, communities, and crews is the top priority during any power restoration process. Our crews will begin the restoration process when it is deemed safe to conduct work. For example, it is not safe to work in an elevated bucket during periods of increased wind gusts. The company has been preparing for the storm and continues monitoring the weather and communicating with local officials, first responders, and life support customers.


The company offers the following tips and reminders:


Customers Should Stay Connected:  

  • Report power outages at or call 1-800-465-1212.
  • Use your mobile device to track outage information and storm-related safety tips through National Grid’s mobile site, accessible at
  • Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram; we post all the latest storm and restoration updates.
  • Track outages and estimated restoration times at
  • To stay connected during storms and outages, text to 64743 using any of the below commands.
    • REG to sign up for text alerts
    • OUT to report an outage
    • SUM followed by your town, county, or state to get a summary of outages in your area
    • HELP for the complete list of commands 


Downed Powerline Safety:

  • Never touch downed power lines, and always assume that any fallen lines are live electric wires. If you see one, report it immediately to National Grid or your local emergency response organization. 
  • Stay at least 30 feet away (at least two full pole spans) from all downed wires and keep others from going near them. Never attempt to clear debris, perform maintenance, or try to move downed power lines. 
  • Never touch a person or an object that is in contact with a downed line, as electricity can pass through to you.
  • Take caution when approaching fallen trees, which could have power lines caught in them.
  • Remember that water can conduct electricity. If you see a line down in a puddle or flooded area, avoid contact with the water to prevent risk of shock.
  • Make safety your top priority when you see a downed wire. Call 911 or National Grid at 1-800-465-1212 to report it immediately and keep yourself and others away from the scene. To learn more about downed power line safety, please visit


Stay Safe: 

  • Power problems can sometimes interrupt public water supply systems or disable well pumps, so it’s an excellent idea to keep a supply of bottled drinking water handy, as well as some canned food. 
  • People who depend on electric-powered life support equipment, such as a respirator, should let National Grid know. To register as a life support customer, call the company’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-322-3223. 
  • Check on elderly family members, neighbors, and others who may need assistance during an outage.   
  • If the power is out, use flashlights or other battery-powered lights. Do not use candles, which can pose a fire hazard.
  • Please use caution when driving near emergency responders and crews restoring power.


Gas Safety

  • If you suspect a natural gas leak:
  • Get Out - All occupants should leave the house immediately. Do not use the telephone or light switches for any reason.
  • Call Us – After leaving the house and reaching a safe environment, call the National Grid 24-hour gas emergency number for Massachusetts: 1-800-233-5325
  • Stay Out - Do not return to your home until National Grid tells you it is safe.

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  • Narlie Monteiro
    published this page in Events & Updates 2024-04-03 09:45:05 -0400