During National Preparedness Month, this September, PSEG Long Island encourages its customers to take the necessary steps to safeguard their families, homes and businesses. Emergencies can happen at any time and preparing ahead of time helps keep everyone safe. PSEG Long Island reminds customers to “Prepare to Protect” yourself and those around you.
“Safety is and has always been our top priority for our customers and employees,” said Daniel Eichhorn, president and COO of PSEG Long Island. “To help spread the word about the importance of being prepared, PSEG Long Island partners with groups like the United Way and Sesame Workshop. Taking the time to prepare and having a plan limits the negative impact of an emergency. Be prepared, not scared”
PSEG Long Island’s ongoing system improvements and enhancements to the grid help provide electric reliability to Long Island and the Rockaways throughout the year.
Since last August, PSEG Long Island has incorporated numerous enhancements and upgrades to the electric grid, its systems and its storm processes, including its contingency procedures.
Here’s how customers can prepare for a severe storm and other emergencies:
- 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.
- Download the PSEG Long Island mobile app to report outages and receive information on restoration times, crew locations and more.
- To report an outage and receive status updates via text, text OUT to PSEGLI (773454) or visit us online atwww.psegliny.com/outages.
- 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 a storm.
- Visit PSEG Long Island’s outage information across Long Island and the Rockaways online athttps://mypowermap.psegliny.com.
For more information about National Preparedness Month and what to do in an emergency, visithttps://www.ready.gov/september.