An Emergency Guide in Case Your Power Goes Out in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware

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A triple threat of winter storms and bitter cold is cranking up as we speak to slam into the Philadelphia region and tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Preparedness will be key ahead of what is turning into a weekend mess and Monday mayhem. Luckily, the forecast is allowing everyone time to be just that: prepared.

Here are the valuable links and facts you need to know, state-by-state, to be ready for power outages and dangerous travel conditions. (And before you go to your individual state, the Red Cross also has a “How to Protect Your Family, Pets, Home” checklist.)

PENNSYLVANIA

– All the power companies serving electric customers, along with links to OUTAGE MAPS for each utility supplier and how to report an outage: http://www.puc.state.pa.us/consumer_info/electricity/electric_companies_suppliers.aspx

– Road conditions and traffic jams in the Keystone State can be found here: https://www.511pa.com/

– Twitter account for the state Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), which posts updates consistently throughout storms: https://twitter.com/ReadyPA

– County-by-county preparedness and shelter information links:

Bucks County // Chester County // Delaware County // Montgomery County // Philadelphia

– The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s ReadyPA winter preparedness guide: https://www.ready.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx

NEW JERSEY

– All the power companies serving electric and gas customers, along with links to OUTAGE MAPS for each utility supplier: http://www.ready.nj.gov/plan-prepare/public-utilities.shtml

– For rental residents, this is a list by municipality, of who to contact if you lose heat: https://www.nj211.org/no-heat-complaints

– Road conditions and traffic jams in the Garden State can be found here: http://www.511nj.org/

– The state Office of Emergency Management’s Winter Weather guide: http://ready.nj.gov/plan-prepare/winter.shtml

– Warming centers, by county (there are many of them): https://www.nj211.org/nj-warming-centers

– Twitter account for the state Office of Emergency Management, which posts updates consistently throughout storms: https://twitter.com/ReadyNJ

DELAWARE

– The state Emergency Management Agency’s Winter Weather guide: http://www.dema.delaware.gov/disprep/winterstrms.shtml

– Register for the Delaware Emergency Notification System (DENS) alerts: http://www.dema.delaware.gov/services/DENS.shtml

– Power outage resources, with a links to the utility companies that serve the First State: http://www.dema.delaware.gov/information/power_outages.shtml

– Warming centers in the event of a Code Purple: http://211service.com/index.php/code-purple-now-active

TRAVEL-RELATED LINKS

SEPTA Winter Weather

PATCO Travel Alerts

NJ Transit Service Alert

– Philadelphia International Airport Twitter account





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