TRENTON, NJ - - In a new law that addresses concern following the widespread power outages seen throughout New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy, Legislation Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, Shavonda Sumter and Nancy Pinkin ensured health care facilities maintain power during emergencies.
"It's frightening to think that those power outages put health care facilities at risk," said Quijano (D-Union). "We've taken steps to ensure gas stations can be equipped with generators, but these facilities must also be prepared. They care for some of our most vulnerable residents, and we need to ensure they're ready to go should we get hit with more power outages."
Health care facilities included under the provisions of the law include nursing homes; assisted living facilities; comprehensive personal care homes; pediatric community transitional homes; federally qualified health centers; dialysis centers; hospice in-patient cares; or residential health care centers connected to another licensed facility.
"These facilities cannot be left in the dark," said Sumter (D-Passaic/Bergen). "They need to be ready, and this is a reasonable requirement."
"This is quite simply the right thing to do," said Pinkin (D-Middlesex). "It's a responsible step in the right direction to ensure our most vulnerable residents get the vital protections they need."
The law permits facilities to choose from several energy efficient and energy resilient options and to seek funding for distributed energy resources from the recently established Energy Resilience Bank.