Better Procedure Needed For LIPA Outages
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder recently sent a letter to the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) requesting that they immediately develop and implement an alert system and plan to inform emergency service agencies, residents and local community leaders of critical power outages involving 500 or more customers. Current systems employed by Con Edison and the NYC Office of Emergency Management for other areas of Queens provide immediate notification and alert.
“Due to our geographic isolation, during a power outage, the lives and well-being of Rockaway residents are put at a higher risk,” said Goldfeder.
“The NYPD and FDNY must be warned that power is out in a community to ensure they are prepared to appropriately respond.”
In his letter, Goldfeder called for a prompt review of LIPA protocols in the event of a large-scale power outage and proposed implementing a system that will quickly alert the proper authorities in the event of an outage. When an outage occurs in a Con Edison coverage zone, the NYC Office of Emergency Management is notified immediately if 500 or more customers are affected, Goldfeder noted. Earlier this year, the Assemblyman sent a letter to LIPA requesting that they expedite the opening of a new Rockaway location in order to make their office and services more easily accessible to the Rockaway community.
“I was shocked to learn that no notification system was in place,” he said. “In order for LIPA to best serve Rockaway families, it is essential that they alert appropriate officials and the community during severe power outages.”