LIVINGSTON, NJ — In conjunction with Gov. Phil Murphy’s state of emergency declaration on Monday afternoon, Livingston Public Schools (LPS) shared via a special visual announcement that all schools, including after school programs and activities, will be closed on Tuesday due to snow and ice in the forecast.
Livingston Police Chief Gary Marshuetz has asked that all residents stay off the streets during this time, as the township is anticipating an icy mix that is likely to cause “extremely dangerous roadways.”
“Road crews are preparing to clear roadways,” he said. “Their activity is hindered by vehicles left on the roadway. Do not push or throw snow or ice into the roadway. Call 911 with true emergencies only. Call the power company directly if you are experiencing an outage.”
Residents should also stay away from any downed power lines and assume that all down or low-hanging lines are energized, Marshuetz added. He also urges residents to check on elderly or disabled family members and neighbors.
The state’s website explains that a state of emergency is declared when the governor believes a disaster may be imminent that “is severe enough to require state aid to supplement local resources in preventing or alleviating damages, loss, hardship or suffering.” According to Murphy, northern New Jersey could be facing several inches of snow as well as icy conditions, leading him to declare a state of emergency, effective at midnight.
Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura have also announced that Essex County’s “Code Blue” procedures are currently in effect until Wednesday at 9 a.m. When a Code Blue is declared, a network of warming stations operated by the county and its municipalities as well as shelters operated by the community based organizations are opened, including the Essex County Codey Arena in West Orange and a variety of public libraries, senior centers, civic and community centers, school buildings, houses of worship, firehouses and first aid squad buildings.
“We thank our participating shelters and warming stations who are working with us to open their doors in these times of need,” said Fontoura. “Our homeless residents need a warm place to stay when winter weather gets this bad. The organizations opening their doors are providing a great service and helping us protect the safety of these vulnerable residents.”
A list of available warming stations and shelters is available on www.NJ211.org or by calling 2-1-1.