It was of great concern when we heard that a radio personality on 101.5 was advising listeners to stand in front of utility trucks and demand answers about when their power is to be restored. This is not only crazy advise but dangerous advise as well, especially when working around downed wires. So we ran ads on New Jersey 101.5, on 92.7 WOBM Ocean County's Soft Rock and on WCHR The Hawk, plus we wrote a Letter to the Editor which is at the bottom of this email that was printed in a few newspapers across the State. The text of the radio ad is below and you can listen to the ad above.
Our community has been through so much these past couple weeks. Home destroyed, lives lost and thousands of our neighbors lost their power. The hardworking union members of IBEW 94 have been working around the clock to access damage, trim trees and restore gas and electric service. IBEW 94 members have restored power at record numbers but there is still work to be done. The members of IBEW 94 are working 24-7 to restore power to our neighbors and we will not rest until everyone has power. So when out and about please yield to all utility trucks and stay away from downed wires. Safety comes first...for us and for you. New Jersey is coming together, giving to charity and volunteering, so thanks for your support and patience and hang in there because tough times don't last, but tough people do. We Are IBEW 94, We Power New Jersey and empower our communities.
The following is a letter to the editor which ran in newspapers across New Jersey;
The Times of Trenton
Just when NJ thought we had braved some serious storms, along came Sandy. The destruction is unbelievable. No one would have thought that electric and gas service, two of our most dependable commodities could be taken away for so long. Sandy left New Jersey's infrastructure crippled, and the body of the electric system had to be operated on before getting to the arms and legs which is everyone's service to their homes and businesses. Thousands of people are working day and night to get the power back on, both union and non-union. IBEW members from Local 94 based in NJ and hardworking utility workers from around the country are doing everything possible to restore power. Please be patient and do not buy into the scare tactics of NJ radio station 101.5 complaining about the lack of information being offered. Having their personalities suggest that the listeners follow utility crews to get the next news bite is not only irrational, but dangerous. Please allow these tired yet dedicated first responders the opportunities to do their job and do it safely without interruption. We couldn't be more proud of the restoration efforts of everyone and hang in there because tough times don't last, but tough people do.
Chip Gerrity, President/Business Manager
IBEW Local Union 94
published November 14, 2012