Winter Storm Information – Tuesday, March 20, 2018 – 4:00pm
1) Emergencies – Please call 911 if you have an emergency. You can also call 973-762-1234 for a direct connection to a police dispatcher. Do not call the Fire Department or Public Works. Call the police at 911 or 973-1234.
2) Jitneys – The Maplewood Jitneys will operate in Wednesday morning but will not operate in Wednesday evening. If the storm does not impact us as expected, the evening jitney service will be revisited and an announcement will be made. As of now though, do not plan on jitney service in the evening. We will announce the status of the Thursday jitney service on Wednesday.
3) Branches – There still are branches at the curb from the previous storm. Leave them at the curb. It is possible the plows will push the branches back off the curb but we feel it is too dangerous to have you move the branches this evening. Once the snow is cleared, the Public Works crews will continue to remove the branches from the sides of the roads.
4) Shelter, Warming Stations and Power Charging – The primary shelter is the Community Center in DeHart Park, 120 Burnett Avenue. It will be open from 8:00am Wednesday through 3:00pm Thursday. If you need to use the shelter, please bring your medicine and your own sheets and pillows. You may bring a pet if the pet is in a carrier or cage. You can drop by the shelter for warmth or to charge an electronic device.
The availability of Town Hall and the Library buildings for warming or charging electronic devices will be based on whether or not they are open or how long they are open on Wednesday. You can call Town Hall at 973-762-8120.
5) State of Emergency – We have not been informed yet about a declaration from the Governor or County Executive about a State of Emergency. If it is declared, we will follow suite. Please stay off the roads.
6) Snow Removal – When clearing your sidewalks and driveways, please do not throw snow back into the street. It is against Township ordinances.
Here is information from Public Service Electric & Gas:
PSE&G will have personnel ready to respond to any outages and emergencies beginning Tuesday night. The utility is also ensuring that additional supplies, including poles, transformers and other pole-top equipment, are on hand. Employees work closely with county and municipal emergency management personnel to inform them of outages and expedite restoration efforts. Some 170 mutual aid line personnel are en route to assist and more have been requested. Crews are coming to New Jersey from Canada, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New York and Wisconsin. Another 115 contract line personnel and 300 tree trimmers have been secured.
PSE&G urges its customers to be cautious during and after the storm:
· 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 prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline powered engine, including generators and snow blowers, in a garage or any other enclosed space.
Customers should report downed wires or power outages by calling PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG. Also, customers can report outages at www.pseg.com or by texting “OUT” to 4PSEG (47734). The utility’s mobile-friendly website includes an “Outage Map” that is updated every 15 minutes and displays the location and status of power outages in PSE&G’s service area