The Princeton area has historically experienced storm events during the fall and winter seasons that have disrupted regional power service for as long as several days. These outages can affect all of the University’s rental housing properties since the entire area receives power from the local public utility, PSE&G. Furthermore, disruptions to power service can also affect Internet access and connectivity at Lakeside. Therefore, residents are advised to keep a minimum of three days’ supply of water, food, and emergency supplies on hand for all of the members of your household.
The University has compiled the following resources for residential emergency preparedness:
- FEMA’s Ready website: http://www.ready.gov/
- FEMA Preparedness Checklist
- Tips for the campus community: 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
Most of the resources found at the above 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 ACC management to be aware of areas without power, so please contact the Main Office if your unit experiences an outage. Contact information for each of these is available below:
- Report outages to PSE&G: (800) 436-PSEG (7734)
- Lakeside Main Office: (609) 642-2861
- Department of Public Safety
- (609) 258-1000 for non-emergencies
- 911 for emergencies from a campus phone
- (609) 258-3333 for emergencies from a cell phone
Please peruse the above materials and make sure you are ready to stay as safe as possible in your apartment for at least three days in the event of an extended power outage.