PLAINFIELD, NJ - The word of the day, Plainfield, is Bombogenesis. Winter Storm Stella, expected to hit the Northeast on Tuesday, March 14th, may undergo bombogenesis, a rapidly intensifying area of low pressure.
The Plainfield Police Division would like to advise all residents that heavy snow and wind conditions are expected later tonight throughout Tuesday, creating hazardous conditions. Residents are urged to remove vehicles parked in roadways this evening as they will be subject to towing. In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1. For questions regarding non-emergent matters, call the Police Division at 908-753-3131.
UPDATE: Plainfield residents - Off street parking is available in the parking deck at the Park Madison Building, located at Park Avenue and West Front Street from this evening until 6:00am Wednesday. Additional parking is available for the same at the New Covenant Church, 225 East 7th Street, Saint Marks Episcopal Church, 1430 Park Avenue, and Visions of God Family Worship, 350 Leland Avenue.
Recommended safety tips:
- Always keep heater and appliance vents clear. Carbon monoxide can back up if vents are clogged which can cause dangerous health issues.
- If there is a loss of power, only use generators outside and at least 15 feet away from doors or windows with the exhaust pointing away from the residence.
- If you have a medical device please ensure that you have adequate charging and/or backups available.
- When conducting snow removal, please refrain from putting snow back into the roadway and keep fire hydrants clear.
UPDATE: All Plainfield Municipal Offices including City Hall are CLOSED on Tuesday, March 14th. Only essential persons will remain actively working.
UPDATE: New Jersey Transit will operate on a WEEKEND SCHEDULE. See the full release HERE.
PSE&G will have additional personnel with auxiliary equipment ready to address any downed trees and power lines, and call centers are prepared to respond to customer "no heat" calls as temperatures remain low. To stay connected:
- To report power outages, call Customer Service at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734), or log in to My Account at pseg.com to report an outage or view outage status.
- Report an outage by texting "OUT" to 4PSEG.
- Sign up for MyAlerts for 2-way text or email notifications about the status of power outages in your area.
- View an Outage Map that is updated every 15 minutes and displays the location and status of power outages in PSE&G's service area.
Downed wires should always be considered "live." Do not approach or drive over a downed line, and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with. To report downed wires, call 1-800-436-PSEG.
To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline powered engine, including generators and snow blowers, in a garage or any other enclosed space.
UPDATE: Due to the latest inclement weather forecast as of 5PM on Monday, all Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority (PMUA) offices will be closed and garbage collection for zones 1, 2, 5, 7, & 8 is suspended for Tuesday, March 14. Please do not roll carts out this evening. Unless otherwise noted, all suspended garbage collections will be picked up on the property’s next scheduled collection day.
Normal collections are anticipated to resume as scheduled on Wednesday, March 15, or once the roads are deemed safe for the operation.
Once operations resume it is important that all property owners and residents ensure there is a clear path leading to their carts and dumpsters. Containers should be easily accessible and not obstructed by ice, snow or other debris.
All bulk pick-ups are suspended on Tuesday, and customers will be contacted to reschedule appointments.
PMUA’s March Board meeting has also been postponed to Thursday, March 16th at 6:00 pm at the PMUA Headquarters building, located at 127 Roosevelt Avenue.
For continued updates call 908-226-2518, follow @PlainfieldMUA on Facebook and Twitter, download the free My Waste mobile app, or go online to www.pmua.info.
Additionally, the American Red Cross shares ten ways to prepare for and stay safe during Winter Storm Stella:
- Have at least a three day supply of water and non-perishable, easy to prepare food as well as a seven day supply of medications.
- If you need to go outside, dress in layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat.
- Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will help keep the fuel line from freezing.
- Bring pets indoors. If that’s not possible, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
- Avoid frozen pipes - run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent them from freezing. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night to help avoid freezing pipes.
- Do not use a stove or oven to heat the home.
- Space heaters should sit on a level, hard surface and anything flammable should be kept at least three feet away.
- If using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
- Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
- Charge cell phones and keep flashlights handy in the event of a power outage.
There is a free Red Cross Emergency App that provides instant access to winter storm tips and weather alerts specific to where you live. Medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the free First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. The apps are bilingual and are available to download in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.
Finally, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management urges people to stay off of the roads. If you can’t, then here are a few tips to keep safe.
Winterize your vehicle:
- Keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
- Check tires for proper inflation
- Check antifreeze and wind shield wiper fluid
Pack emergency supplies, including:
- Ice scraper/snow brush
- Jumper cables
- Tire chains
- Small shovel
- First aid kit
- Flashlight and batteries
- Warning flares or reflective triangle
- Bag of salt or sand
- Paper towels
- Blankets, hats, gloves, boots, warm clothes
- Water/non-perishable food
- Cell phone charger
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