Friday, March 15, 2013
Utility installing components at operations center in Morristown.
Friday, March 15
JCP&L is taking steps to improve its ability to communicate with first responders during a large-scale emergency. The utility will install components of the New Jersey Preparedness Emergency Communication Network at its regional dispatching operations in Morristown and Red Bank, spokesman Ron Morano said Thursday. The facilities manage the daily work on the company's electrical system and provide coordination when repair crews are dispatched during widespread power outages. “Participating in this system will enhance our ability to share real-time critical information with our customers, communities and first responders during emergency situations,” JCP&L President Don Lynch said in a release. “Joining this system is one of the many things …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Politicians have to make tough—perhaps expensive—decisions and need to start taking action.
It’s been three weeks since Superstorm Sandy blew through New Jersey, and past time to begin figuring out how to minimize losses the next time. Some solutions involve building; some, doing the opposite. Just as the attacks of Sept. 11 brought talk of rebuilding, there have been vows to restore the shore back to Oct. 28, 2012, as if nothing had happened. That would be a huge and costly mistake. It is not politically correct to say that at least some of what was destroyed should not be rebuilt. But it’s the truth. Barrier islands are aptly named. They are supposed to serve as barriers for the shoreline. When a major storm like Sandy or Irene hits, they will take the brunt of it and provide some measure of protection for the mainland. They …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Less than 50 JCP&L customers remain in the dark.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Full restoration was expected Sunday night—nearly two weeks after Tropical Storm Sandy—throughout Morris Township, Business Administrator Timothy Quinn said. According to JCP&L's outage map, all of Morris Plains was restored, while less than five customers remained in the dark in Morris Township and 35 were without power in Morristown as of Sunday night at about 9:30 p.m. Any customer without service is requested to call JCP&L outage number at 1-888-544-4877. Morris Township also asks you call 973-326-7360 so a municipal official will follow up with JCP&L. If your electric service was pulled from your home and damaged you will need to apply for an electrical permit and have it inspected, according to a statement released by Quinn. The …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Utility company expects most customers will be restored by Saturday evening.
Friday, November 9, 2012
An increase in manpower will help JCP&L restore most New Jersey outages by Saturday evening, according to a statement released Friday afternoon. An additional 1,200 line workers joined the nearly 7,000 workers already on the ground in New Jersey on Friday. After winter storm Athena caused JCP&L's power outage numbers to increase by more than 100,000 from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning, both the company and Gov. Chris Christie have said Sunday should bring the state's residents relief. JCP&L reported Friday at noon that 163,309 of its nearly 1.1 million customers were without power. However, that number dropped to 110,468 by Friday night at 10 p.m. Municipalities in Patch's coverage area in Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Passaic and …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
'Everyone's overwhelmed,' said Jeffrey S. Paul, coordinator for the county Office of Emergency Management.
Tropical Storm Sandy knocked out power to about 87 percent of an electric company's customers in Morris County, the Morris County Office of Emergency Management coordinator said Tuesday. Along with the widespread power outages, a "tremendous amount of hazards" exist on roads throughout the county, and officials are encouraging the public to stay home so crews can address issues, including down trees, wires and utility poles, on main thoroughfares, said Jeffrey S. Paul, coordinator for the county OEM. "We did get hit pretty hard," Paul said. "Everyone's doing a great job. Certainly everyone's overwhelmed." Paul said Jersey Central Power & Light had about 170,000 customers in Morris County without power on Tuesday, including more than 20,000…
Friday, August 17, 2012
Electrical fault found when JCP&L responded to inquiry about manhole cover at Washington and Bank streets Thursday evening.
While no reason could be given for why a manhole cover was found partially raised at the intersection of Washington and Bank streets Thursday night, a Jersey Central Power and Light representative said a tripped fault could have been the cause. A police officer reported the manhole cover "slightly askew" at that intersection at about 6:20 p.m. on Aug. 16, JCP&L spokesman Gerry Riccardi said, which prompted a closure and detour as utility crews investigated. There, however, was no underground explosion–a touchy subject for Morristown given several incidents over the last few years, including one at the Morristown & Morris Township Library that closed it down for several months. Most recently, a manhole cover shot into the air at the …
Monday, December 27, 2010
Area Manager reports on restoration of services.
Area Manager Stan Prater of Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L ) reports that power has been restored to all of the approximately 2,000 customers who lost service earlier today in Morris Township and Morristown. JCP&L spokesman Ron Morano said that downed wires in Morristown were partly to blame. Prater said that customers who lose service should call 1-800-662-3115. In order to expedite repairs, callers should report anything unusual they may have noticed at the time of the outage, such as odd sounds. When calling to report a problem with a pole, be sure to convey any information you have on the state of the pole and its wires. "Be as specific as possible," Prater said.