PSE&G Braces for Another Winter Storm

                    PSE&G Braces for Another Winter Storm  PR Newswire  NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 12, 2014  NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), New Jersey's largest electric and gas utility, is preparing for the approaching winter storm system expected to hit the region tomorrow morning through Friday morning, bringing with it snow and a wintry mix.   (Logo: )  Up to a foot of snow accumulation is possible in some areas. While snow usually isn't an issue for utilities, the possibility of sleet and freezing rain can increase the likelihood of downed wires and resulting power outages. Vehicles striking utility poles can also cause wires to come down.  In anticipation of the storm, PSE&G is ensuring that all available personnel are ready to respond beginning tonight. The utility is also arranging for contractors, including tree crews, to assist the utility's own skilled workforce, and ensuring that additional supplies such as poles and transformers are on hand.  PSE&G offers the following tips to customers to prepare:    oCharge your cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices.   oFill up your car's fuel tank.   oEnsure you have a battery-powered radio and a supply of fresh batteries.   oCheck your supply of flashlights, blankets, nonperishable food and bottled     water for everyone in your family.   oPut your refrigerator and freezer at the coldest setting. Keep a blanket     handy to throw over these appliances for added insulation. If electricity     is interrupted, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as     possible.   oSign up for MyAccount at and bookmark the mobile-friendly     homepage on your smart phone so it's easy to report outages and check     restoration progress.   oCompile a list of emergency phone numbers, including PSE&G's Customer     Service line: 1-800-436-PSEG. Call this number to report power outages or     downed wires.  Accumulation of ice and heavy snow may weigh down power lines and as a result cause power lines to come down. PSE&G urges its customers to be cautious if they see downed lines. Downed wires may appear dead but should always be considered "live." Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with.  To report downed wires or power outages, customers should call PSE&G's Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG.Customers with a handheld device, or who are at an alternate location with power, can also report power outages and view the status of their outage by logging in to My Account on, PSE&G's mobile-friendly website.  General outage activity throughout our service territory is available online at and updates are posted on during severe weather.  The utility's Twitter and Facebook pages also keep the public informed about our restoration progress. Sign up as a follower at and monitor restoration progress. Customers also can register for text and email alerts at  Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is New Jersey's oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly three-quarters of the state's population. PSE&G is the winner of the ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability. PSE&G is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a diversified energy company (  Want to know what's new at PSEG? Go to and sign up to have our press releases sent right to your inbox.  SOURCE Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G)  Website: Contact: Kristine Lloyd, 973-430-7734