SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Township offices are open today, with the possibility that they may close early as the storm intensifies and before roadways become difficult to travel on if not impassable. Public Works is prepared for salting and plowing operations, the Police Department is patrolling and prepared to respond to emergency calls, and the Fire Department and First Aid Squad is at the ready to respond to medical or fire safety related issues.

Governor Phil Murphy has declared a State of Emergency for this Nor’easter. Residents are encouraged to comply with orders and guidance from their local emergency management and government officials. Please do not be on the roads unless absolutely necessary. If you MUST drive, take it slow, use caution, and leave extra time to get to your destination. * There is NO Travel Ban at this time.

If necessary, a travel ban may be issued through a local declaration of a State of Emergency by the Emergency Management Coordinator to allow for first responders, public works and utility companies to safely and effectively do their job.

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Please check on any elderly neighbors or neighbors who need assistance during this time. Please help the fire department by clearing a three-foot area around any hydrant in front of or near your house to allow access the fire hydrant quickly. To assist our DPW, please remove any basketball hoops that are illegally in the roadway and if you can, move your car off the road and move any branches that may be in the roadway from the previous storm.

For downed power lines, call PSE&G 1(800) 436-7734 (NOTE: Police Officers and Fire Department Personnel will not move any power lines for any reason, only trained employees of PSE&G can handle those lines). Please DO NOT approach or touch downed power lines.

For Trees and Limbs blocking roadways or a safety concern during the storm call (908) 322-7100 choose “0” to speak with a Police Dispatcher. To report Cable/Fios lines down; Verizon Fios 1 (800) 837-4966. Xfinity/Comcast 1 (877) 338-5965 press 1.

TAPintoSPF will continue to monitor the storm.