WHELAN SET TO INTRODUCE EMERGENCY INFORMATION BILL

whelanSenator Jim Whelan announced plans to introduce legislation that would improve communication between utility providers, municipalities, the state and consumers during major catastrophic events including hurricanes, thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, heat waves and snow and ice storms that cause service interruptions.

The “Emergency Information Access Act” is in response to customer outrage following extend utility service interruption after Hurricane Irene. As many as 1.5 million New Jerseyans lost power during the August storm, with many waiting up to eight days for restoration. Many customers and municipal leaders have been concerned with a lack of communication between the utility companies and the communities about when and where service would be restored.

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