Before a Storm

Preparing for a Weather Event

Stay connected. Be prepared. When severe weather is predicted, PSE&G recommends planning ahead in case the power goes out.

Protect Your Family and Your Home

Create an Emergency Kit

  • Get a battery-powered radio, alarm clock, flashlights and extra batteries.
  • Stock up on bottled water and nonperishable food.
  • Charge your power backups, cell phones and other electronic devices.
  • Include a hand-operated can opener.
  • Build a first aid kit (Visit the American Red Cross for ideas on what to include in a basic kit.)
  • In the winter, keep a pile of blankets handy. If your home has a fireplace, clean the chimney of debris and stock some firewood.
  • Plan where and how you would evacuate.

Prepare for Power Outages

  • Charge your phones, tablets, power backups and other mobile devices.
  • If you have a landline, ensure you have a corded phone. Cordless phones don’t work when the power is out.
  • If your mobile phone service provides a “hotspot” for areas without internet access, learn how to use it
  • Know how to open your garage door without electricity.
  • Know how to reset your home’s security system when power returns.

Prepare for Wind or Flooding

  • Secure outside objects like garbage cans and patio furniture.
  • Turn off power to natural gas appliances, and shut off natural gas supply valves.
  • If you must evacuate, shut off the gas valve at the meter before you leave.
  • Cap the open end of appliances to prevent floodwaters from entering the gas piping system

Prepare Your Business

Weather emergencies don’t always give us a heads up. Plan ahead for emergencies to reduce stress when bad weather strikes.

For Your Business and Employees

Develop a communications plan before severe weather hits:

  • Update all employee contact information.
  • Locate and post evacuation routes closest to your business.
  • Create a communications tree to stay in touch with your employees before, during, and after a serious storm.
  • Develop a phone, text, or email chain to check in with employees after an evacuation.
  • Designate someone to contact employees’ family and friends in case you can't contact your employees directly.
  • Establish pre-arranged meeting points if cell/phone communication is cut off.

Protect Your Assets

To minimize damage:

  • Check for and repair loose roofing and siding.
  • Trim dead or broken branches from trees and shrubbery near your building.
  • Move equipment away from windows.
  • Unplug electronics to protect from destructive power surges.
  • Create or update your disaster supplies kit; consider purchasing a battery-powered radio or National Weather Service weather alert radio.
  • Evaluate the practicality of installing a standby emergency generator. If you have one already, test it and stock up on fuel.

Preparing for the Worst

To help your business resume normal operations, create a business continuity plan to minimize disruption. You may also want to:

  • Review insurance policies and consider adding business interruption insurance or flood insurance.
  • Take photos or video of property and equipment.
  • Back up important data to the cloud or external drives; store important papers in a fireproof safe within your building.
  • Prepare a list of disaster recovery services vendors relevant to your needs.

Only return to your business after it’s safe to resume travel.

Minimizing Damage From Severe Weather

PSE&G prepares for strong storms long before they are predicted.

PSE&G: Storm Ready

Since we often know about severe weather in advance, we’ve developed a solid plan to prepare for damaging storms and respond to widespread power outages.

Before a predicted storm arrives, we:

  • Activate more personnel to handle increased demand on our resources.
  • Add contractors, including tree crews to supplement our workforce.
  • Increase our supplies including poles, transformers, and pole-top equipment.
  • Verify that our fleet of trucks is fueled and ready to go.
  • Test back-up generators at utility locations.
  • Identify locations, like substations, prone to flooding and use sandbags to redirect storm water and debris.
  • Update county Offices of Emergency Management (OEMs) on outages and restoration efforts.
  • Coordinate with critical customers, including hospitals and airports.
  • Communicate frequently with customers with status updates.
  • If the Regional Operations and Intelligence Center (ROIC) is activated by the NJ State Police/Office of Emergency Management, we will partner with other utilities and state agencies to coordinate preparation, response, and recovery from various disaster situations.