PSEG Long Island Gets Set for Impending Storm
Utility ready to respond to outages caused by snow and rain starting Thursday
UNIONDALE, N.Y., Feb. 12, 2014
UNIONDALE, N.Y., Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --PSEG Long Island is preparing
for another winter weather event that is expected to bring a mix of snow and
rain early tomorrow morning through Friday, with potential wind gusts of up to
40 miles per hour, according to current weather forecasts.
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PSEG Long Island will have all available line crews, tree trimmers, and
support personnel to address any outages. Our crews will perform damage
assessment and restoration efforts around the clock.
We have performed system checks on critical transmission & distribution
equipment; arranged for contractors, including tree crews, to assist the
utility's own skilled workforce if necessary; and performed logistics checks –
ensuring availability of critical materials, fuel and other supplies. In
addition, we have coordinated with county and municipal emergency management
personnel to inform them of the preparation work, what to expect and how the
utility will respond.
While snow usually isn't an issue for utilities, the possibility of sleet, ice
and strong wind gusts can increase the likelihood of downed wires. Vehicles
striking utility poles can also cause wires to come down.
Mother Nature can be unpredictable. It's wise to have an emergency kit on hand
year round. Here are some things to include:
oA battery powered radio
oA corded telephone (Cordless phones will not work if the power is out)
oFlashlights and extra fresh batteries
oA first-aid kit
oBottled water and an adequate supply of non-perishable food
oA non-electric can opener
oMatches and candles with holders
oExtra blankets and sleeping bags
oA list of emergency phone numbers, including PSEG Long Island's emergency
service / outage hotline: 1-800-490-0075. Call this number to report power
outages or downed wires.
DOWNED POWER LINES
Accumulation of ice and heavy snow may weigh down power lines and as a result
cause power lines to come down. Downed wires may appear dead but should always
be considered "live." STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES. Do not approach or
drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact
with. Parents are urged to check for downed wires in areas where their
children might play and to remind the children to stay far away from any
wires. If a wire falls on a vehicle, passengers should stay in the vehicle
until help arrives. To report a downed wire, call 1-800-490-0075 and tell PSEG
Long Island the nearest cross street.
IF YOU LOSE POWER
First check your neighborhood. If you are the only one without power, check
your fuse box for tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses. If that's not the
problem, look outside at the wire between your house and the utility pole. If
it is down, report it immediately to PSEG Long Island.
Customers with a handheld device can also report power outages by texting
"OUT" to PSEGLI (773454). You will receive confirmation that your outage has
been submitted and will begin receiving ongoing updates as the status of your
outage changes. This requires a one-time registration, to register, text REG
to PSEGLI (773454) or visit My Account. General outage activity throughout our
service territory is also available online and on our mobile website at
www.psegliny.com. Updates are posted on www.psegliny.com/stormcenter during
PSEG Long Island's Twitter page is regularly updated to keep the public
informed about our restoration progress and now has more than 1,400 followers.
At PSEG Long Island, employee and customer safety is first and foremost.
Remember, safety is always the only choice.
PSEG Long Island LLC was selected by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) in
Dec. 2011 to manage LIPA's electric system. The 12-year contract includes
commitments to improve customer satisfaction and provide safe, reliable
service for LIPA customers. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service
Enterprise Group Incorporated (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy
company with annual revenues of more than $10 billion.
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SOURCE PSEG Long Island
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