I am urging constituents who use or have loved ones who use life support equipment to sign up for LIPA’s Critical Care Program. The program will ensure that in the event of a power outage, efforts will be made to restore electricity for those who use life-support equipment as soon as possible.
It is crucial that in the event of a power outage, people take every precaution possible to remain safe and healthy.
LIPA’s Critical Care Program takes several steps to protect those who use life-support equipment. If a severe storm is anticipated, LIPA will call homes using this program so that they can make advance preparations. Meters on these homes will be tagged as “Critical Care,” indicating that restoring power in that home is a priority.
To sign up for the program, file a medical certificate with LIPA from your doctor. Devices which meet the medical criteria for life support equipment include apnea monitors, curraise respirators, positive pressure respirators, suction machines, tank type respirators, respirators/ ventilators, hemodialysis machines, rocking bed respirators, oxygen concentrators, IV medical infusion machines, and IV feeding machines. If you use a life-support device not listed, contact a physician to see if it can be certified as life-support equipment.
To let LIPA know about life-support equipment, please call 1-800-490-0025. For more information about the program, please visit www.lipower.org.
Michelle Schimel is the New York State Assembly representative for the 16th Assembly District. She was first elected in a Special Election held on March 27, 2007.