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Warren Township Preparing for Sub-Zero Temperatures

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WARREN, NJ - After an almost spring-like day, on Jan. 6 the National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory for the area from midnight until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Wind chills could dip as low as 15 degrees below, according to the service, and rapidly falling temperatures will cause any residual moisture on roadways to freeze and create black ice, mainly on secondary roadways.

JetBlue temporarily suspended operations at Newark Liberty International Airport and at New York’s major airports on Monday in an attempt to catch up after days of weather-related delays. JetBlue says the cancellations will allow the company to rest crew and give it time to service aircraft. The airline hopes to restart flights at 10 a.m. Tuesday and be fully operational by 3 p.m.  

At Warren Middle School, due to the threat of sub-zero temperatures for tomorrow, Mr. Cook and Mr. Comba plan  to use the emergency bus dismissal procedure at the end school day.  Students report to the room in the school that corresponds to their bus route number.  Once the bus is actually at Middle School, the students from the designated room are dismissed directly to the bus.  If you are picking a child up, he/she will be dismissed from the designated room and report to the front of the building as usual for parent pick-up.

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Residents are urged to take precautions for the coming cold.

The greatest concern in severe weather is loss of heat, power and communication. 

Cover drafty windows with cellophane insulation, or towels. Pipes can be wrapped in insulation or newspapers for the short term. Keep cabinet doors open and faucets at a drip to help prevent pipes from freezing. Know how to shut off your water in the event of a burst pipe.

 
Have a fire extinguisher on hand, especially if you are using alternative heat sources like space heaters. Keep your thermostat set at a reasonable and comfortable temperature. Do not adjust your heat up and down repeatedly.
 
Be sure the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors are up to date.
 
Have sand and rock salt on hand for icy walkways and driveways.
 
Keep cell phones charged, batteries and flashlights handy. Wireless house phones will not work if you lose power, though regular land phones might.
 
Pets should not be kept outside in extremely cold weather. Pets need shelter that is dry, draft free, and has enough room. Bang your car hood before starting it in the event a cat or small animal may have crawled under the hood for warmth.
 
Wipe paws with a damp towel and dry your dog's feet after walking to get salt/chemicals off the pads. The same goes for cats that are allowed to go outside.
 
Keep antifreeze away from all animals.
 
If you see pets being abused, called the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at 800-582-5979.
 
Make sure you fill your tank with gas, check your antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid levels and make sure battery terminals are clean. Check your vehicle emergency kit to be sure it is updated and stocked.

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