The Township of Maplewood is preparing for Saturday’s predicted winter storm and would like to inform residents on how they can prepare and direct them to important services that will be available to them.

The Township’s warming station is located at the DeHart Community Center, 120 Burnett Ave for anyone without access to heat when temperatures drop.  A separate notification will go out once it is determined that access to the Center is needed.

The Maplewood PD’s emergency phone number is 973-762-1234.

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There is no overnight parking on snow covered streets, and ask residents to move their vehicles as to not impede snow removal operations throughout the storm.

From the Maplewood Fire Department: Winter storms can often hide fire hydrants under a mountain of snow making them impossible to find quickly. The Maplewood Fire Department would like to remind residents to please “Adopt-a-Hydrant” and shovel in front of and around the fire hydrant closest to your home so that firefighters can see and access it. If possible, please clear the snow three feet in all directions and clear the access from the street to make it possible for firefighters to attach hose lines to the hydrant. Seconds count during a fire and the time it takes a firefighter to dig out a buried hydrant could make all the difference in the outcome at a fire. Firefighters will be checking hydrants and digging them out as needed after the storm, but any assistance residents can provide will be helpful in the event of a fire. We realize that the last thing anyone wants to do after shoveling out their property is to clear more snow but the extra effort could be life-saving

Please note Township offices will be closing Monday, January 21, 2019 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  The Maplewood Library will also be closed Monday in observance of the MLK holiday. Emergency Personnel/Departments (Police & Fire) will remain open.

Below is a list of resources and tips to prepare for the upcoming storm.

Event: Winter Storm Watch

Alert:...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON

THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation possible. Total snow and

sleet accumulations of 3 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of

up to one tenth of an inch possible.

* WHERE...Portions of northeast New Jersey, southern Connecticut

and southeast New York.

* WHEN...From Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult at any

point during the storm. Rapidly falling temperatures Sunday

afternoon into the evening could cause any standing water to

quickly freeze over. Strong wind gusts Sunday afternoon into

the night could bring down tree limbs and power lines.

Instructions: A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced the Essex County’s Code Blue procedures are being activated because extreme cold weather and snow in the forecast. The Code Blue will be in effect from Thursday, January 17th through Tuesday, January 22nd. A network of warming stations operated by the County and its municipalities and shelters operated by the community based organizations are available. A list of available warming stations and shelters is available on http://www.NJ211.org and by dialing 2-1-1.

PSE&G will continue to monitor the weather and will adjust plans as necessary based on updated forecasts. The utility will also have additional service technicians working to respond to “no heat” calls as a result of malfunctioning heating systems.

In anticipation of the storm, PSE&G is taking the following steps to ensure that the utility is ready to respond to any resulting power outages:

Customers should be cautious and stay alert to their surroundings during and after storms. With this being the first major weather event of the winter season, here are a few tips for preparing for the storm and how to stay connected with PSE&G should you experience an outage.

What you can do now:

Be ready to communicate about your situation.

Make sure you have a family emergency plan.

Review storm preparation tips; visit https://nj.pseg.com/safetyandreliability/stormsafety

Stay connected with PSE&G:

Compile a list of emergency phone numbers; include PSE&G Customer Service 1-800-436-PSEG.

Go to pseg.com/myaccount to sign up to report outages online and to check restoration progress.

Go to pseg.com/outagecenter to check the “Outage Map,” which is updated every 15 minutes with PSE&G outage information, and to register for MyAlerts to receive text notifications.

You can report an outage by texting “OUT” to 4PSEG (47734).

“Like” PSEG on Facebook and follow PSEG on Twitter @PSEGdelivers.

Stay away from downed wires: Downed wires should always be considered “live.” Stay at least 30 feet away from downed wires. Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything it might be in contact with. If a wire falls on or near your car, stay inside the car, call 911, and do not get out until PSE&G de-energizes the line. If you MUST get out of the vehicle because it is on fire, jump as far as possible away from the vehicle, with both feet landing on the ground at the same time, and hop or shuffle away.

Other important safety notes:

To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline-powered generators in a garage or any other enclosed space.

If you are on life-sustaining medical equipment, ensure that you have alerted PSE&G in advance and notify your local police and fire departments. For more information, visit pseg.com/life.