This storm was a bruiser—no question. While or municipal departments went above and beyond, our utility providers, once again, failed us. Towns can hire and fire providers such as disposal companies, maintenance contractors, etc., but there is little recourse once you’re stuck with a single electric, cable, and phone providers who cross county and state lines. Some suggested monetary penalties for poor service. One way or another, such penalties are invariably passed on to the consumer. Some suggested replacing current provides. For TV, internet, and cell, we do have choices—not for electricity, unless you are one of the rarae aves living off the grid. So, what do we do?
- Get the power companies back before each and every municipality affected–again, to explain their emergency plans, restoration priorities, and what they learned from this storm and what they plan to do better. The operative word here is “plan.”
- Voice your experiences to the state. One commenter mentioned calling the governor’s office. Every NJ legislative office is up for grabs on Tuesday. Give the state’s candidates a call.
- Voice your ideas anywhere that you can. Write to newspapers, attend pertinent meetings, blog, use Twitter, Facebook, etc. Good, new ideas don’t come from stale concepts, and better ideas are certainly needed.
I’m going back to my chainsaw now. I certainly want to read your ideas and what you think needs to be done.