TRENTON (APP.com) – The state, with the help of $2.5 million in federal Sandy recovery money, will purchase 52 portable generators for use at gas stations around New Jersey when the power goes out during a emergency.
They will be sent to gas stations on a case-by-case basis as determined by the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management based on the nature of the emergency and impact on the public.
It “will help ensure that the state of New Jersey has the necessary fuel stations up and running during a significant loss of power,” Menendez sad in a statement. “Efforts like these will help make our state more resilient against future severe weather events.”
As part of the program sponsored by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, 258 gas stations have agreed to install an emergency sub-panel to be compatible with the generator connections.
Sal Risalvato, executive director of the New Jersey Gasoline, Convenience Store and Automotive Association, said the program will benefit residents and small business owners. The decision “will be much appreciated by stations owners across the state,” he said in a statement.