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.
- Always assume a downed wire is "live" and has electricity still flowing through it.
- Do not approach downed lines or downed trees that may have power lines entangled in it.
- Call JCP&L at 888-LIGHTSS to report a downed wire or power outage, or go to the JCP&L website.
- If are in your vehicle and downed wires fall on your vehicle, stay in your car and call 911 for help.
Ready.gov Basic Preparedness Tips:
- Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
- Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
- If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
- Make a family emergency communication plan.
- Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.” - SwiftReach
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.