Ex­treme weather prompts mes­sage

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Ex­treme weather this win­ter has led to Pow­er­cor call­ing for Wim­mera com­mu­ni­ties to en­sure they pre­pare for the risk of power out­ages.

The elec­tric­ity dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany re­ported that from June 1 to July 23, the first half of win­ter, weather fore­cast­ers had is­sued 191 se­vere weather warn­ings.

One cir­cum­stance had re­sulted in power out­ages for com­mu­ni­ties across Vic­to­ria.

Pow­er­cor warned that while most

peo­ple as­so­ciate sum­mer with power out­ages, the win­ter ex­pe­ri­ence this year had proven they could hap­pen at any time.

Pow­er­cor’s Head of Net­work Con­trol and Op­er­a­tions Ge­orge Aspros rec­om­mended peo­ple be pre­pared to be re­silient to the risk of power out­ages at any time.

“Pow­er­cor is one of the coun­try’s most re­li­able elec­tric­ity dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies but we can­not con­trol the weather,” he said.

“While we have about 1000 peo­ple in crews in 14 de­pots across Vic­to­ria who re­spond quickly to th­ese events and in all con­di­tions, we en­cour­age cus­tomers to be pre­pared for a loss of elec­tric­ity.”

Mr Aspros said in ex­treme weather, peo­ple who lost power would cope and re­cover bet­ter if they had: • Charged their phones and lap­top com­put­ers to en­sure they can still com­mu­ni­cate with friends and fam­ily and get in­for­ma­tion about ser­vice up­dates. • Checked that any avail­able al­ter­na­tive en­ergy sources such as elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tors are fuelled and oper­a­tional. • With­drawn some cash to pay for food or other sup­plies given that ATMS and EFTPOS can be af­fected by elec­tric­ity out­ages. • Backed up com­puter files and records to a stor­age de­vice or a se­cure lo­ca­tion to as­sist with busi­ness con­ti­nu­ity. • Made sure bar­beque gas cylin­ders were full for cook­ing or boil­ing wa­ter.

He said peo­ple, in any con­di­tions should stay well clear of fallen pow­er­lines and re­port them im­me­di­ately to Pow­er­cor on 13 24 12.

Mr Aspros added any­one re­ly­ing on life-sup­port or med­i­cal help in case of a power out­age should en­sure they have con­tin­gency plans.

Pow­er­cor dis­trib­utes elec­tric­ity to more than 1.7-mil­lion Vic­to­ri­ans across the west­ern suburbs of Mel­bourne and through cen­tral and west­ern Vic­to­ria to South Aus­tralian and New South Wales borders.

It pro­vides elec­tric­ity via a net­work com­pris­ing more than 85,000 kilo­me­tres of wires sup­ported by more than 570,000 poles and other in­fra­struc­ture.

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