December 2013: Con Edison
Power is a resource that we often take for granted, but during an emergency, it is a critical commodity whose absence (or sometimes even its presence) can have a significant impact on the situation. Con Edison of New York provides electric service to approximately 3.3 million customers, gas service to approximately 1.1 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, and steam service to approximately 1,800 customers below 96th Street in Manhattan.
For many years, Con Edison has been a key operational partner of the New York City Office of Emergency Management. Over the past few years, as a Partner in Preparedness, Con Edison has worked with OEM to promote preparedness among its own employees and within the community. In June 2013, Commissioner Bruno was the keynote speaker at Con Edison’s Advocacy Now Conference, and on September 17, 2013, as participation in National Preparedness Month, Con Edison's emergency management department hosted an in-house seminar for their staff. Representatives from OEM and the American Red Cross in Greater New York, as well as an insurance expert, were invited to address more than 200 Con Edison employees about the importance of personal preparedness. The attendees, who play critical roles in supporting such a vital resource in the city, gained a greater appreciation for the importance of ensuring they and their families are ready for emergencies.