In preparation for hurricane season, the Long Island Power Authority has issued a release reminding all customers who rely on electricity to power life-supporting equipment in their homes to register with its Critical Care Program.
While the LIPA Critical Care Program does not guarantee priority restoration of service, customers enrolled in the program will receive advance notice of scheduled outages and severe weather, which could lead to power outages lasting several days. According to information provided by LIPA, the notifications are intended to enable customers who depend on electricity for emergency medical and life-support equipment to make advance preparations, not to guarantee that they won’t lose power.
“The Critical Care Program is an integral part of LIPA’s restoration and emergency preparedness plans. We encourage customers who qualify for this program to sign up well in advance of storm season,” said Joanne Schindelheim, director of marketing for LIPA. “While it is inconvenient for any of our customers to lose power, it can be a matter of life and death for those who need electricity for life sustaining medical equipment.”
Customers wishing to enroll in the Critical Care Program must provide LIPA with a medical certificate from a doctor or the local Board of Health. Once approved, the customer’s account and meter will be tagged as “critical care.”
Devices which meet the medical criteria for life-support equipment include: apnea monitor, curraise respirator, positive pressure respirator, suction machine, IV feeding machine, tank type respirator, respirator/ventilator, hemodialysis machine, rocking bed respirator, oxygen concentrator and IV medical infusion machine.
For more information about LIPA’s Critical Care Program, call (800) 490-0025 or visit lipower.org/criticalcare.