With the expected landfall of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, we are reminded that our area has historically experienced storm events at this time of year that can disrupt regional power service.  This can affect all of the University’s rental housing for both graduate students and faculty/staff members, since all receive power from the public utility, PSE&G.  Power outages occur with greater frequency at this time of year, and some in recent years have lasted several days.  Therefore, we want to remind residents of the general preparedness guideline of keeping a minimum of three days’ supply of water, food, and emergency supplies on hand for all of the members of your household.  In addition, for any individuals utilizing basement or ground level storage, we recommend  that you consider elevating your belongings off the floor wherever possible as well as transitioning storage out of cardboard or paper based boxes and into plastic sealable containers. Taking these steps may mitigate any damage resulting from water intrusion.

We strongly encourage you to check your contact information for PTENS and TigerAlert and download the TigerSafe app to stay up-to-date with emergency information. 

The University has compiled resources for residential emergency preparedness, and it is a good time to review the following links:

FEMA’s Ready website  http://www.ready.gov/ 

FEMA Emergency Checklist (PDF)

Tips for the campus community: 

https://emergency.princeton.edu/what-to-do/severe-weather/hurricane

http://web.princeton.edu/sites/emergency/SurvivalKits.html

American Red Cross tips:  http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/get-kit
PSE&G’s outage page:  http://www.pseg.com/home/customer_service/outage_info/lose_power.jsp

We recommend bookmarking these sites on a mobile device so that you can continue to access these materials in the event of a power outage. Most of the resources found at the links have subsections on special preparations for caring for children, people with medical conditions, the elderly, and pets.

In the event of a power outage, work to restore service will be performed by PSE&G.  It is also helpful for the University to be aware of rental housing properties without power, so please inform the Facilities Customer Service Center or the Department of Public Safety.  Contact information for each of these is below:

Report outages to PSE&G at (800) 436-PSEG (7734)
Facilities Customer Service Center (609) 258-8000
Department of Public Safety:

         o   (609) 258-1000 for non-emergencies
         o   911 for emergencies from a campus phone
         o   (609) 258-3333 for emergencies from a cell phone

We wish you a safe start to the academic year. We ask that you peruse the above materials and use this time to make sure you are ready to stay safe and as comfortable as possible in your home for at least three days in the event of an extended power outage.  Meanwhile, please direct any questions on emergency preparedness in University rental housing to Chris Warkala, Senior Manager of Apartments and Houses (email: cwarkala@princeton.edu , phone: (609) 258-7638.