Winter Emergency Planning – Start Now!

Greetings Bridgeton Residents.

We are planning for winter now, and you should be too. Our main concern with winter time is long-duration power outages. 

We’ve learned our lesson from the long duration blackouts from the remnants of Hurricane Irene. Due to our relatively remote location, challenging terrains and low population density, we will never be a “high priority” area for power restoration if there is a large-scale ice storm in the area.

Thus, it is vitally important that you’re prepared at home if the lights go out and stay out for days on end. If we have a large ice storm, not only will the power be out, the roads will be largely impassible.

Beside the obvious – flashlights and drinking water, we recommend that you have the following plans in place:

– If you have only cordless phones in your home, ensure that you have at least one plain wired phone – phone service often stays operational when the electric is out.
– If you have a mobile phone, have a car charger to recharge it from a vehicle.
– Generators need to be tested no less than monthly. If you haven’t started your generator in a year, do it now, and if it does not work, get it fixed now when you don’t need it.
– If you have been storing gasoline for a generator more than 3 months, it’s probably not good anymore. Replace it with fresh gas, and use only fresh gas in a generator.
If you or someone you live with use medical equipment that requires electricity, and you have no backup generator please let us know!  Send an email to emc@bridgetontwp.org or call 610-440-3316

If you have any questions, concerns, ideas, or want to help with the emergency management process, we want to hear from you too!

 

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