Jersey Sandy Update

October 28, 2012

Sky looks clear but wind has knocked a ton of leaves off of the trees.

It’s really windy outdoors now at about 3 PM EST. Also very chilly. Just starting to mist now. Went to get gas and the wind was moving my car; I really had to grip the wheel to correct it.

At the intersection of Route 27 and Franklin Boulevard in Somerset, there’s a light down. I don’t mean a traffic light that isn’t operational; I mean it’s shattered on the ground, pole and all. Take another route if you have to travel that way.

Gas stations have long lines, but be picky: you can get gas for $3.50/gallon in this area. Couple of stations are trying to gouge, charging $4.50/per and up.

We got word that schools and government offices in central Jersey will be closed tomorrow, probably Tuesday.

Will keep you posted!


More Frankenstorm Info from PSE&G

October 26, 2012

PSE&G ramps up preparations for Hurricane Sandy

Provides safety tips for customers

PSE&G is continuing to closely monitoring the track of Hurricane Sandy and is ramping up emergency preparations. Although the storm is now tracking further south, it is still expected to bring heavy rain, strong winds and flooding to our service territory. At this time, Hurricane Sandy is expected to begin impacting New Jersey as early as late Sunday with the full brunt of the storm hitting the area Monday into Tuesday.

In anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, PSE&G has requested more than 1,300 linemen and 600 tree contractors from utilities in other states to assist our highly skilled crews. The utility’s call center will be fully staffed to handle calls from customers. Other employees will assist with assessing storm damage, keeping the public away from any downed power lines and other functions that support restoration efforts.

Since Hurricane Irene and the October snowstorm in 2011, PSE&G has made additional investments in our electric delivery system to help withstand storms:

  • Replaced older 26,000-volt lines with lines capable of carrying 69,000 volts. These lines provide greater protection against lightning strikes and can better withstand wind and rain.
  • Spent about $28 million pruning trees away from power lines.
  • Tightened coordination with county Offices of Emergency Management to ensure that public officials have the latest information on outages and restoration progress.
  • Compiled a list of school administrators and superintendents to contact in case schools are affected by outages.
  • Made some improvements to our automated call answering systems.

Just as the utility is preparing for Hurricane Sandy, we urge our customers to do the same. It’s wise to have an emergency kit on hand year round. Here are some things to include:

  • A battery powered radio.
  • A corded telephone (cordless phones will not work if the power is out)
  • Flashlights and extra fresh batteries.
  • A first-aid kit.
  • Bottled water and an adequate supply of non-perishable food.
  • A non-electric can opener.
  • Extra blankets and sleeping bags.
  • A list of emergency phone numbers, including PSE&G’s Customer Service line:
    1-800-436-PSEG
    .

A storm like Hurricane Sandy has the potential to interrupt service. High winds might cause trees to brush up against power lines, and lightning could strike and damage trees or pole-top equipment. There also is the potential for trees to be uprooted.

Depending on the severity of the storm, response times for both electric and gas emergency services may be longer than usual. PSE&G asks for our customers’ 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.

To report downed wires or power outages, customers should call PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG. PSE&G uses an automated system to handle customer calls as efficiently as possible. Customers who get an automated response when calling PSE&G are encouraged to use it, as it is designed to route their calls to the right destination quickly. The system also provides the option to speak directly to a customer service representative. If you have specific information regarding damage to wires, transformers or poles, we ask that you speak with a representative to provide that information.


Blast Email from Public Service Electric & Gas

October 25, 2012

Additional crews and equipment on hand to restore service

PSE&G is closely monitoring the track of Hurricane Sandy and is making emergency preparations should the storm bring heavy rain, strong winds and flooding to our service territory. At this time, the storm is expected to begin impacting New Jersey as early as late Sunday with the full brunt of the storm hitting the area on Monday and/or Tuesday.

In anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, PSE&G is taking the following steps to ensure that the utility is ready to respond to what may be widespread power outages:

  • Ensuring that all available personnel are ready to respond beginning this weekend.
  • Arranging for contractors, including tree crews, to assist the utility’s own skilled 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.
  • Checking locations for potential flooding and taking precautions, such as using sandbags to help divert water from substation equipment.
  • Coordinating with county OEMs to keep them updated on outages and restoration efforts.

Clearly, a storm like Hurricane Sandy has the potential to interrupt service. High winds might cause trees to brush up against power lines, and lightning could strike and damage trees or pole-top equipment. There also is the potential for trees to be uprooted.

Depending on the severity of the storm, response times for both electric and gas emergency services may be longer than usual. PSE&G asks for our customers’ 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.

To report downed wires or power outages, customers should call PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG. PSE&G uses an automated system to handle customer calls as efficiently as possible. Customers who get an automated response when calling PSE&G are encouraged to use it, as it is designed to route their calls to the right destination quickly. The system also provides the option to speak directly to a customer service representative. If you have specific information regarding damage to wires, transformers or poles, we ask that you speak with a representative to provide that information.

Customers with a handheld device, or who are at an alternate location with power, can also report power outages and view the status of their outage by logging in to My Account at pseg.com. General outage activity throughout our service territory is available online at www.pseg.com/outagecenter and updates are posted on pseg.com during severe weather.

In addition, if outages are widespread, the utility will activate its Twitter page to keep the public informed about our restoration progress. Sign up as a follower at http://twitter.com/psegdelivers to monitor restoration progress.


Jersey News – Frankenstorm

October 25, 2012

Peaceful autumn day here… leaves on the ground, brisk breeze in the air.  But wait!

There’s talk of a big ole storm coming our way!  “Frankenstorm” may be heading toward Jersey just in time for Halloween.  Is it hype, or will it happen?  Only time will tell.

Just in case, I’ll link to this post from last year – we were getting ready for Hurricane Irene and the authorities were suggesting we gather an “Emergency Preparedness Kit.”  Mine, of course, would include Entenmann’s cakes.


Irony = Detailed-oriented

October 17, 2012

In today’s Actual Craiglist Gig, the ad seems fine, but two little words send it into the slush pile:

Come work for one of the most-visited portals on the web! We are looking for an experienced copy editor to support network channels, home page and the 24/7 News operation.

Responsibilities include checking headlines for accuracy and quality, finding errors in content, performing site audits and collaborating with writers and editors.

Candidates must have:
* strong copy editing background
* newsroom experience
* a passion for quality
* familiarity with AP style
* Available to work onsite 9am-6pm Monday-Friday

The successful candidate is an enterprising, detailed-oriented, self-motivated individual who is able to work in a fast-paced, technology-driven environment and prioritize multiple tasks.


This Judge Should Be Benched

October 16, 2012

Today in court, John Manna of Hoboken – accused of beating his girlfriend so badly her face was disfigured – appeared before Judge Richard Nieto inexplicably wearing a “Sex, Drugs and Christian Rock t-shirt.”  The judge gave him bail and lamely told him not to bother his girlfriend.  I’m hoping, ex-girlfriend.

The judge said, “If she’s living (at your apartment) you can’t go back there.”  That was an underwhelming way to protect women.  PS:  He’s got a previous conviction for eluding police. Sure, give this guy bail!

How about this scenario instead.  No bail, just jail, and since you can’t even respect the court with your attire, here’s an orange jumpsuit for you. Next case!


Paparazzoo

October 15, 2012

Sometimes when I visit the zoo, I get the sense that the animals are otherwise engaged.  They don’t seem thrilled to see me, even if I throw some bread crumbs in their direction.  And I realized, I’m like paparazzi to these creatures. They can’t help it if they’re lovely to look at and people find them endlessly fascinating.  They look bored, like models down the catwalk.  Oh.  Are you here again?  To gawk at me?  Oh joy.  Why don’t you just leave the bag of food and hit the bricks, pal.

Even the animals here have the Jersey ‘tude!


Jersey News: Husband of the Year

October 10, 2012

In sickness and in health.  For richer, for poorer.  For better or worse.  But how about this one?  A man in West Caldwell loses a bet with friends and deliberately floods his own house.

See, Jason Brown owns a flood remediation company, so he set out to prove that he could make his home as good as new within days.  But he was shocked –  shocked, mind you! – when his wife left, taking the kids with her.

“I thought she’d be more receptive to this idea,” Brown said.  When the reporter asked, “Do you think she’ll come back?”  His answer was, “I don’t know.  It doesn’t look good.”  The look of genuine surprise on his face is what gets me.

You have to see this clip to believe it.  I’m not making it up!