Millburn Township is closely monitoring the trajectory of the snow storm currently in the forecast for January 19th-20th. Accumulation is anticipated to be around 3-6 inches of snow. Our larger concern is the potential for accumulating ice, as temperatures are expected to drop dramatically Sunday evening. With the accumulation of ice comes an increased risk of downed trees and power lines.
The Department of Public Works has begun preparations for the storm, with crews ready for snow plow, salt and brine operations. Essex County declared a State of Emergency beginning at noon tomorrow. Drivers cannot park on county roads after this declaration is in effect. Although the Township has not yet made a declaration, motorists are urged not to park in the street; this assists Public Works as they plow Township roads. Link: Millburn Township Snow Guidelines
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.
Stay up-to-date by signing up for emergency alerts on SwiftReach, follow our Twitter account @MillburnTwp, and check the website for news updates.
For current information about any Recreation Department cancellations due to the snow storm, please call (973) 564-7096.
*All emergency communications will be conducted through SwiftReach. To sign up for SwiftRech, access the online portal using the following link: SwiftReach