CALDWELL, NJ - In order to better prepare for the pending snow and freezing temperatures in the area, Caldwell Mayor has issued a "Code Blue" until Jan. 22 and announced that the community center will be open on Sunday at noon to serve as a warning center.
While the Code Blue is in effect, Kelley urges residents to adhere to the following:
- Ensure all storm drains are clear of debris
- Ensure there are no leaves on the curb
- Ensure that no vehicles are parked in the street
- Ensure that no individuals drive unless there is an emergency
- Ensure that all flashlights, cell phones and generators are charged and ready for use
- Ensure there is enough food and water to last up to three days
- Check on all seniors to make sure they are safe, warm and fed
The community center is open to all residents who need heat and/or electricity during operating hours. For immediate shelter, call Salvation Army of Montclair at 973-718-9488.
The Caldwell Office of Emergency Management is coordinating the borough's response. Kelley noted that public safety facilities have priority for repair in the event of any large-scale outages.
Anyone who experiences an outage should call PSEG at 800-436-7734 with full details about the immediate state of the power grid.
For downed trees, residents should dial 911 and should not touch or approach downed power lines.
"Please be safe and remember that our local public safety and public works personnel will be working around the clock to ensure that our mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery are as safe and efficient as possible," said Kelley. "Be safe."