October 2, 2015

PSE&G Shores Up for Hurricane Joaquin

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Image Source: The Weather Channel

After Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency in New Jersey as a precaution, PSE&G is making preparations for a possible landfall of Hurricane Joaquin in its service area. The utility also is closely monitoring the heavy rains and high winds forecasted for the region tomorrow.

“Right now, we are focused on shoring up critical equipment against possible storm surges and river flooding – installing concrete barriers, sandbags and portable pumps,” said John Latka, senior vice president of electric and gas operations for PSE&G. “While the track of Joaquin remains uncertain, we are preparing for the worst case scenario – a direct hit from the storm.”

“We are telling our own employees to prepare their families now for the storm,” said Latka. “We strongly encourage our customers to do the same.”

Here are some tips:

Compile a list of emergency phone numbers, including PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG

Ensure one gallon of water per person, per day for at least three days

At least a three day supply of non-perishable foods

Flashlights and extra batteries

Battery-powered radio and fresh batteries

Consider purchasing a portable generator

To report downed trees, branches or road closures, contact Access Princeton at (609) 924-4141.