PSEG hunkers down for year's first snowstorm

PSEG Long Island is closely monitoring the track of the first snowstorm of 2014 and is making emergency preparations should the storm bring heavy snow and gusty winds to our service territory.

At this time, the storm is expected to begin impacting Long Island and the Rockaways early January 2 and continue into January 3 before clearing.

In anticipation of the storm, PSEG Long Island is taking the following steps to ensure that the utility is ready to respond to any resulting power outages:

·      Ensuring that all available personnel are ready to respond beginning January 2.

·      Arranging for contractors, including tree crews, to assist the utility's own workforce.

·      Ensuring that additional supplies, such as poles, transformers and other pole-top equipment, are on hand.

·      Ensuring that all vehicles are fueled and ready to go.

·      Testing generators at utility locations.

·      Coordinating with county and municipal emergency management personnel to inform them of outages and expedite restoration efforts.

Snow, by itself, does not pose a serious problem for utilities, but heavy snow, icing and strong winds can increase the possibility of downed wires and associated power outages. Cars striking utility poles can also cause wires to come down.

Depending on the severity of the storm, response times for services may be longer than usual. PSEG Long Island asks for patience and cooperation as we work to safely restore service as quickly as possible. As the storm gets closer, the utility will provide information about estimated restoration times.

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