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When the Lights Go Out

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Unheeded lessons of the 2003 blackout | Newsday 2003 Northeast Blackout

Power Outages, they happen to everyone. We want to make sure you are prepared for whatever may come your way during one. With summer around the corner and the potential of air conditioners blasting to cool down your apartment, power outages do happen. In the city a power outage can be pretty nerve-wracking, but we want to be there to help you feel safe. So what do you do in the unfortunate event of a power outage?

Think battery operated! From battery operated lanterns and flashlights to phone chargers, having  extra batteries on hand and making sure your devices are able to be charged is crucial.The NYC Emergency Information App has been a lifesaver for me. It gives you not only information on emergency events, but also on planned events throughout the city. Having charged devices will allow you to stay in contact with news, family, and friends. 

Candles! Who doesn’t collect candles in New York City? Usually we just use them to make a space feel more cozy, but in a blackout you may be using them as a source of light. Be sure to keep them away from curtains or in spaces where they could be easily knocked over. 

Food! Most New Yorkers may not be fans of cooking, but having a few staples in your pantry may be just what you need during a power outage. When takeout is not an option we may have to resort to canned soups or cereals. Hopefully your apartment has a gas stovetop! That will still be of use during an outage other than just being a home for pots and pans you don’t have storage for.

Staying in place during a power outage is ideal, but not always an option. If you are caught on the streets during a power outage we suggest making your way home. Keep an eye on New York City’s major transit sites to ensure the train you need is running. Hailing a cab or grabbing a shared ride can be difficult during this time. If walking is too far, there are also Citi bikes! 

While we may not enjoy a power outage sometimes it is nice to be able to open your window and wait for the storm to pass. We hope you stay safe and remember to minimize the amount of electricity you use during a heatwave! 

Here are some more useful contacts during a blackout:

  • For power and electricity outages, call the Con Edison 24-hour hotline: 1-800-75-CONED (752-6633) (TTY: 800-642-2308). You can also report an outage online on Con Edison’s website.
  • For heat and gas outages, call National Grid 24-hour hotline: 718-643-4050 (TTY: 718-237-2857)
  • If you live in New Jersey, call PSEG 24-hour hotline: 1-800-436-7734 (TTY: 631-755-6660)

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