PSEG Long Island Encourages Customers to Prepare for Storms
September is National Preparedness Month
Hurricane Dorian is a timely reminder that September is National Preparedness Month. PSEG Long Island is prepared for extreme weather and it encourages customers to take the measures necessary to safeguard their families, homes and businesses, as well.
PSEG Long Island continues to monitor the track and potential impact Hurricane Dorian will have on Long Island and the Rockaways later this week. The company has performed system checks on critical transmission & distribution equipment and performed logistics checks to ensure the availability of critical materials, fuel and other supplies.
Anticipating that Hurricane Dorian could possibly affect the east end of Long Island with moderate rainfall and strong wind gusts, PSEG Long Island is ensuring extra supplies are on hand, including poles and transformers, and will have additional personnel ready to respond to any possible power outages the approaching storm brings.
In addition to having additional personnel and equipment at the ready, PSEG Long Island has spent the past five years strengthening the electric grid to better withstand extreme weather and allow for faster power restoration, including elevating a number of substations above flood level in preparation for this kind of severe weather. This ongoing work is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Assistance storm hardening program.
To help minimize storm damage to Long Island’s electric system, PSEG Long Island also has an aggressive, year-round tree trimming program to identify and trim tree limbs in rights of way and along easements that could potentially cause outages during or after a storm.
Whether it’s Hurricane Dorian or another instance of severe weather, here’s how customers can prepare for a storm:
- Ensure you have a battery-powered radio and fresh batteries.
- Check your supply of flashlights, blankets, nonperishable food and bottled water.
- Create an emergency communications plan.
- Develop an evacuation plan.
- Charge your cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices.
- Make sure to have cash available. Banks may be closed or inaccessible after a storm.
- Fill up your vehicle’s fuel tank.
- Bring in unsecured objects and furniture from patios and balconies.
- Compile a list of emergency phone numbers, including PSEG Long Island’s 24-hour Electric Service number: 1-800-490-0075.
- Discuss storm and lightning safety with your family. Visit https://www.psegliny.com/safetyandreliability/stormsafety for safety tips from Sesame Street, YouTube safety videos and more.
- Follow PSEG Long Island on Facebook and Twitter for updates before, during and after the storm.
- Be aware that downed wires should always be considered “live.” Do not approach or drive over a downed line, and do not touch anything it might be in contact with. If a wire falls on or near your car, stay inside the car, call 911 and do not get out until PSEG Long Island de-energizes the line. If you MUST exit the vehicle because it is on fire, jump as far as possible away from the vehicle, with both feet landing on the ground at the same time, and hop or shuffle away.
- To report and receive status updates on an outage Text OUT to PSEGLI (773454) or to report an outage online, visit www.psegliny.com. You can also report an outage through the PSEG Long Island skill on the Alexa app on your smartphone. Customers are always urged to report their outage, even if they know a neighbor has reported it, as it helps crews more speedily assess damage.
- To report an outage or downed wire, call PSEG Long Island’s 24-hour Electric Service number: 800-490-0075.
- Follow PSEG Long Island on Facebook and Twitter to report an outage and for updates before, during and after the storm
- Visit PSEG Long Island’s outage map to view outage information across Long Island and the Rockaways at https://outagemap.psegliny.com/
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PSEG Long Island
PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system under a long-term contract. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company.