Long Island, NY - June 23, 2015 - PSEG Long Island is closely monitoring the impending rain and thunderstorms expected later this afternoon and evening. The wind gusts, heavy rain and lightning associated with summer storms can be dangerous and cause power outages. PSEG Long Island offers the following tips on how to prepare for, and be safe, during a storm.
Prepare for a storm:
- 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 car’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 Customer Service line 1-800-490-0075.
- Discuss storm and lightning safety with your family.
During a storm:
- Listen to news or radio for emergency updates.
- If you can hear thunder, go indoors and stay inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap.
- Avoid electrical equipment and telephones. Use battery-powered TVs and radios instead.
- Keep away from windows.
- Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing.
- If driving, safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends.
- Stay away from downed electrical wires.
- All downed wires should be considered dangerous. To report downed wires or power outages, customers should call PSEG Long Island’s Customer Service line at 1-800-490-0075.
Stay in touch and stay informed:
PSEG Long Island offers several ways for customers to stay in touch during an emergency:
- To report downed wires or power outages, customers should call PSEG Long Island’s Customer Service line at 1-800-490-0075 or report online.
- Once registered, report power outages by texting “OUT” to PSEGLI (773454).
- Check for updates using our outage map here.
- Follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for restoration progress. Do not report outages through our social media pages.
- Make sure everyone in the family is prepared and knows what to do if there is an emergency. Please click here to learn about the PSEG and Sesame Street App “Let’s Get Ready: Planning Together for Emergencies”.
- Watch our YouTube videos at here for tips on how to prepare your family and how power is restored after a storm.