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Guide to Storm Preparedness
Millburn Township is closely monitoring the trajectory of Hurricane Jose, and would like to take this time to inform residents on the preparations currently underway, as well as ways in which people can prepare themselves in case of an emergency. The following steps have already been taken:
Department of Public Works
The Department of Public Works is opening outflow pipes, catch basins, and walking the rivers to clear brush and potential hazards. They are also servicing and preparing all 10 submersible pumps which are used during clean up to expedite the removal of standing water. A generator will be placed ahead of time at the Gilbert Place pump station, and a new emergency generator has been installed at Haran Circle. All sanitary pump stations now have emergency generators installed.
The Fire Department will be evaluating staffing levels should they need to mobilize in the event of a storm. Pumps and generators are being prepared. The department is stocking up on gasoline, checking equipment, and conducting last-minute maintenance prep. A Virtual tabletop drill was conducted with the Essex County Office of Emergency Management, which simulates the delivery of resources to municipalities during a storm.
The Police Department is evaluating its staffing levels, and is prepared to respond to an emergency should the need arise.
We encourage residents to visit the Township's Office of Emergency Management page to find helpful links for storm preparation and safety. Our OEM page has documents with information for pet owners, senior citizens, people with disabilities, commuters, and more. Links to FEMA, NJOEM, and Ready.gov are also included.
Do1Thing is a 12-month program that makes it easy for you to prepare yourself, your family, and your community for emergencies or disasters. Visit the Do1Thing website for tips and precautionary steps that can be taken before a storm.
With the possibility of strong winds there is also a likelihood of power outages associated with tree damage to power lines. With storms of this magnitude it is likely that some homeowners could be without power for up to a week.Remember:
Ready.gov Basic Preparedness Tips:
Stay up-to-date by signing up for emergency alerts on SwiftReach, follow our Twitter account @MillburnTwp, and check the website for news updates.
*All emergency communications will be conducted through SwiftReach. The Township switched from CodeRed to SwiftReach on September 1. To sign up for SwiftRech, access the online portal using the following link: SwiftReach
JCP&L Hurricane Jose Update
Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is closely monitoring the developing weather conditions associated with Hurricane Jose and has activated its storm response plan.
The company has also advised customers in the critical care and well water notification programs to be on alert.
In the event outages occur, customers without power are encouraged to call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage, or click the “Report Outage” link on www.firstenergycorp.com. In the event of severe weather, customers should immediately report downed wires to their utility, or call their local police or fire department.
JCP&L reminds customers to stay away from downed wires, even if they believe they are no longer carrying electricity. Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled with trees or other debris. Motorists are cautioned to treat intersections with inoperable traffic signals as four-way stops.
Follow JCP&L on Twitter @JCP_L, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JCPandL or online at www.jcp-l.com.