What to Do Before a Big Storm
- What to Do Before a Big Storm
WHAT TO DO BEFORE A BIG STORM
Some Steps to Remember
Before a storm, walk around your property and perform your own inspection.
- Have you secured items that could get blown away or cause damage? Patio furniture, umbrellas, garbage containers?
- Do drainage or run-off pipes need to be cleared to prevent flooding on your property?
- Can you help your town out and make sure that any fire hydrants near your home are clear and free from brush?
Sign up for text alerts from your utilities.
- We learned from previous outages the more residents that report Borough outages the greater restoration priority ranking the Borough receives to be brought back online.
- If you call your outage in through the utility automated system you will not be given a ticket number for tracking.
- If you register the outage through your utility’s website with your email address and cell number, you will get a ticket number and can better track when your power will be restored.
Have you prepared and shopped for emergency supplies?
Make sure you know how to use & maintian your generator.
- Generator Safety Tips
- During the last outage our Fire Department had an overwhelming number of calls for high CO2 levels for homes with generators.
Check to make sure your CO2 detector batteries are working or need replaced.
Do you know what to do in the event a power wire comes down near your home?
- Immediately report any downed wires to JCP&L and the police department.
- Never go near a downed power line, even if you think it is no longer carrying electricity.
- Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled in trees or other debris.
- To report downed wires or power outages
- Call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877)
- Or click the “Report Outage” link at www.firstenergycorp.com.
REMEMBER YOUR MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT DOES NOT PROVIDE YOUR POWER UTILITIES.
- We are each responsible for learning what we need to do and to prepare the best we can.
- Your Mendham Borough OEM Team will do all we can to work with JCP&L and all the utilities and provide you the most up to date information we can.
BE SAFE AND PREPARE!
Safety While Using Generators
Take precautions when using generators during power outages. Emergency power generators offer an option for residents needing or wanting uninterrupted service. However, to ensure the safety of the home’s occupants as well as that of utility company employees who may be working on power lines in the area, the proper generator should be selected and installed by a qualified electrician. When operating a generator, the power coming from the home should always be disconnected. Otherwise, power from the generator could be sent back into the utility lines, creating a hazardous situation for utility workers.