UNIONDALE, N.Y., Feb. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- PSEG Long Island is prepared for today's rain and blustery winds, after performing system checks on critical transmission & distribution equipment and ensuring the availability of critical materials, fuel and other supplies. A full complement of personnel will be on hand to deal with any outages caused by the predicted high winds and potential flooding. Contractors, including tree crews, will also be available to assist the utility's own skilled workforce if necessary.
"A storm of the magnitude that is forecasted to impact our service territory has the potential to blow over trees and pull down wires," said John O'Connell, vice president of Transmission & Distribution at PSEG Long Island. "The conditions that we may face could make it difficult for our crews on the roads and we can't send crews up in buckets to make electric repairs in extremely windy conditions. We will respond to any service interruptions experienced by our customers as quickly and safely as possible."
BE PREPARED AND STAY IN TOUCH
- Save PSEG Long Island's Electric Service number: 1-800-490-0075
- Familiarize yourself with PSEG Long Island's mobile-friendly website, online Outage Center and Outage Map at www.psegliny.com/stormcenter - for the most up-to-date information customers might need when the storm hits
- Sign up now for MyAlerts, PSEG Long Island's text message service. Report a power outage by text and receive status updates by text and/or email. Since this requires an account number for a one-time registration, it's best to do it beforehand. To register, text REG to PSEGLI (773454) or visit the My Account section of the website www.psegliny.com/account
- Like PSEG Long Island on Facebook (www.facebook.com/psegli) and follow us on Twitter (@PSEGLI) for updates before, during and after the storm. Remember, though, outages cannot be reported through social media
- Charge all mobile phones, tablets and other handheld devices in advance of the storm
- Make sure everyone in the family is prepared and knows what to do if there is an emergency. Visit www.psegliny.com/page.cfm/Sesame to learn about the PSEG and Sesame Street App "Let's Get Ready: Planning Together for Emergencies"
- Watch PSEG Long Island's YouTube videos at www.youtube.com/psegli for tips on how to prepare your family and how power is restored after a storm.
Additionally, PSEG Long Island also recommends customers have an emergency kit that includes:
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio
- Back-up battery pack to charge cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices
- Flashlights and extra fresh batteries
- First-aid kit
- Bottled water and an adequate supply of non-perishable food
- Manual, non-electric can opener
- Matches and candles with holders
- Extra blankets and sleeping bags
- Cash on hand. Banks may be closed or inaccessible after a storm.
At PSEG Long Island, employee and customer safety is first and foremost. Remember, safety is always the only choice.
PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority's transmission and distribution system under a 12-year contract. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (NYSE: PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of approximately $11 billion.
Contact: Media Relations Hotline 516.229.7248 mediarelationsLI@pseg.com
SOURCE PSEG Long Island