Randolph Storm Alert - 2PM Oct 26
Posted: October 26, 2012
Weather forecasters are predicting a very powerful, damaging, multi-day storm with high winds, heavy precipitation and flooding across a wide portion of the East coast. Depending on the severity of the storm’s impact on the electrical system, residents are encouraged to prepare for the possibility of power outages lasting up to seven to ten days by taking action before the storm occurs.
- Keep a flashlight and extra batteries handy. Use care when burning candles; open flames are a fire hazard.
- Gather extra blankets or a sleeping bag for each person. Do not use gas stoves, kerosene heaters or other open-flame heat sources to prevent deadly carbon monoxide gas from building up in your home.
- If you have a water well and pump, keep an emergency supply of bottled water and/or fill your bathtub with fresh water.
- Stock an emergency supply of convenience foods that do not require cooking.
- Keep a battery-powered radio with extra batteries on hand. Tune in to a local radio station for current storm information.
- Have a hard-wired telephone or a charged cell phone handy in the event you need to report your electricity is out (1-888-Lightss). Mobile phones can be charged in your vehicle using a car charger when power is out. If you have a smart phone, this will ensure you have access to online information sources.
As a result of weather forecasts, JCP&L has advised that they are mobilizing crews and support personnel to assist in the restoration process if the storm causes large-scale power outages. In addition, the company is securing outside utility crews, electrical contractors and tree contractors.
Residents who are without power are encouraged to call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage. You should immediately report downed wires to Randolph’s Emergency Communications Center 9-1-1. Never go near a downed power line, even if you think it’s no longer carrying electricity.
Randolph will be posting storm recovery information on this web site and on our Facebook page.
The next update will be released Sunday, October 28 at 6:00 p.m.