Get Ready for Hurricane Season!

Protect your investment.  Contact us to find out how!

The 2023 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30 and is expected to be “near normal” with at least 12 named storms, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted Thursday. NOAA said it expects 12 to 17 named storms and five to nine hurricanes this year, with one to four major hurricanes.*.

New Jersey gets its fair share of wet weather, including Superstorms, Nor’easters, thunderstorms, and flash flooding, all of which can wreak havoc on a building—inside and outside. Fortunately, there are steps building owners can take to minimize storm damage and protect their elevator equipment. The Atlantic hurricane season officially runs from June 1 through November 30 and now is the time to prepare and plan to protect your equipment.


  • Step 1: Park elevators near the center of the hoist-way before the storm. This will keep the cab, door equipment, and traveling cable out of any water that may accumulate in the pit.
  • Step 2: Shut down elevators at the main line disconnect.
  • Step 3: Make sure that any machine room located on a roof is weather proof. Board up windows and secure doors.
  • Step 4: Inspect sump pumps.
  • Step 5: Test emergency generators.
  • Step 6: Make sure to have all emergency phone numbers on hand.

Storm Protection Equipment

There’s also equipment that can help protect elevator equipment during a storm:

Emergency Lowering Device.

A device that may be helpful to those with a hydraulic elevator is a battery-powered Emergency Lowering Device. When the power goes off, the ELD comes on. Immediately the functions of control and door operation are given their proper voltage by the use of a battery-operated transistorized power supply. The elevator then descends to the lowest landing and opens its doors to discharge passengers who might otherwise have been trapped. Contact us for more information and pricing.

High Water Detection Switch.

This system can be installed to alert building personnel that water is accumulating in the pit. It satisfies FEMA and NFIP requirements by automatically moving an elevator and counterweight to a safe landing to prevent liquid from damaging elevator assets.


Liquid Intrusion Detection System.

Electrodyn’s Liquid Intrusion Detection system is a damage prevention system that offers intelligent management of elevators in the case of any liquid intrusion in the elevator pit. Its versatile design allows for installation on virtually any microprocessor or relay logic controller. The Liquid Intrusion Detection system goes beyond simple alerting because it takes preventative action to physically move an elevator if liquid is detected in the pit. It provides peace-of-mind for building and property managers that want to protect their elevator system investment.

In any case, be assured that Jersey Elevator will be available to answer service calls and emergencies in a prompt manner during any and all emergency situations–just like we always have.

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