SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - On Tuesday, July 1, PSE&G will be undertaking certain equipment upgrades which will require the power to be turned off for substantial periods of time in certain portions of the Montrose and West Montrose neighborhoods. The planned power outages will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for some residents, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for others. A map of the general area of the outage is displayed below. At present, the Village does not have a map or list to indicate which properties will be out for 6 hours and which for 12.
PSE&G has notified the Village that it has or will have hand delivered letters to each affected property which will indicate the length of the planned outage. The letters also contain contact information for PSE&G. Samples of the letters are also set forth below.
The current weather forecast for July 1st calls for a high of 87 degrees, which will make the power outage problematic. As set forth below, the Village will be establishing a cooling station at the Baird. Regrettably, the South Orange Public Library is within the scheduled power outage area. Also below are suggestions and guidance for residents during the outage.
Residents who uses medical equipment requiring electricity, or who have other special or medical need to make arrangements to spend the duration of the outage at an alternate location. Residents who are unable to make such arrangements are of course welcome to use the cooling station at the Baird and may contact the Village Office of Emergency Management, 973-378-7715 Ext. 2, if transportation is necessary.
Any residents who anticipate the need to use the cooling station at the Baird but who are unable to drive, walk or arrange to be driven to the Baird are encouraged to contact the Village in advance so that transportation arrangements can be made.
During prolonged power outages, it is important to take steps in advance to preserve and protect refrigerated and frozen foods. Helpful information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and advice on advance steps and tips to maintain refrigerator and freezer temperatures, as well as important information on who to evaluate the safety of food after an outage can be found here.