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Berkeley Heights OEM Provides Statement as Region Braces for Predicted Winter Storm

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Severe winter weather is expected to impact Berkeley Heights starting late tonight to late tomorrow night.

Whiteout conditions are likely, and up to two feet of accumulated snow is possible, according to the National Weather Service most recent briefing.

This storm has the potential to be extremely disruptive to the whole region and the forecasts show it’s not our typical snow storm event. Everyone needs to prepare and take this storm seriously. When talking about feet of snow rather than inches, major impacts are guaranteed.

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Here’s what we recommend you consider as the storm approaches:

  1. Vulnerable Neighbors: Please check in now with elderly neighbors or other housebound people to ensure they have supplies (food, medicine, etc.). Please keep in touch with them during and after the storm, too. This is vitally important as the most vulnerable in our community could be impacted the most by this blizzard. Those in need can call 2-1-1 or visit www.nj211.org
  2. Fire Hydrants: With feet of snow in the forecast, digging out fire hydrants will be critical to your neighborhood’s safety. Every second counts if there’s a fire.
  3. Get Supplies: Withdraw some cash if you don’t normally carry any just in case of power outages. If you drive, fill your car with gas before the snow starts. Buy batteries for flashlights. If your power goes out, do not use candles.
  4. Power Outage: Stay away from all power lines.  Assume they are live and dangerous.  If you have a downed power line or another hazardous situation, and dial 911. If your home suffers a power outage call JCP&L at 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) immediately.

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