From the Village: Village officials ask Trenton to hold PSE&G accountable for storm response

Below please find a press release from the Village regarding accountability post Hurricane Sandy, and the resolution which was passed at the end of the post. SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many towns are asking for accountability from utility companies that some feel failed to provide accurate and timely information not only to customers, but also to local governments and emergency personnel. On Monday night, the South Orange Board of Trustees unanimously voted to send a strong message to the Village’s electricity provider - Public Service Electric & Gas - and to State Officials in Trenton that legislative steps need to be taken to remedy the problems that occurred over the past two weeks. "The failure of communication, information management and emergency preparedness on the part of PSE&G as a whole is unacceptable" said Village President Alex Torpey who is not only the Village’s Mayor, but also Office of Emergency Management Coordinator. "The most frustrating part is that we brought up many of these concerns last year after the snowstorm and Hurricane Irene, and we have not seen adequate progress on making the changes needed. That means it's time for a legislative fix, I think that’s the...

Storm Information

For the latest official information from the Village please visit and sign up for alerts at 

Updated Essential Hurricane Sandy Information

Information from the South Orange Office of Emergency Managment below:    Hurricane Sandy Preparedness Information South Orange Office of Emergency Management will be posting updates on this page throughout the weekend and through the duration of Hurricane Sandy. You can also follow South Orange on Twitter @SouthOrangeNJ for the quickest updates. Setup Twitter to text you when South Orange posts an update: Monday, October 29th 430pm Essential information regarding Hurricane Sandy as of Monday, October 29th from South Orange Office of Emergency Management Shelter in-home, unless specific conditions exist that require you to evacuate (see below) We expect the major impact of the storm to be late Monday night into Tuesday morning, with significant rainfall and extremely hazardous wind conditions Primary town shelter will be located at the South Orange Public Library at 65 Scotland Road. To utilize the shelter please call SOPD at 973 763 3000. Leashed pets allowed. Bring supplies/bedding. County shelter is available at Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Leashed pets allowed. All village offices, school district, Seton Hall and state and county offices are closed As of 4pm on Monday, all roads in the Village are closed for non-emergency vehicles and on-street parking suspended....