On behalf of Mayor George Lazo, Deputy Mayor Vic Sordillo, the Warren Township Committee, and the Warren Township Office of Emergency Management, we would like to advise all residents how the Township prepares for Winter Storms. Please abide by the following requests:
- If you have a power outage, it is imperative that you report it to your utility company, PSE&G: 1-800-436-7734. JCP&L: 1-888-544-4877. Do not call the Police Department unless there is a dangerous situation such as active live lines.
The Warren Township Committee and the Office of Emergency Management are in frequent daily communication with JCP&L and PSE&G during storms.
The Warren Township Office of Emergency Management recommends the following:
- STAY HOME AND OFF THE ROADS
- The Mayor and Township Committee urge your assistance to allow First Responders and the Department of Public Works to clear the roads as quickly as possible--stay home. Until the roads are cleared and safe, stay off the roadways as conditions may become extremely hazardous.
- Stay away from downed trees and wires.
- If you have a well or need a sump pump, buy a generator to run it along with a few basic services such as a couple of lights, the refrigerator, and the heat. Do NOT run vehicles, generators, or snow blowers inside your garage. Review generator safety procedures.
- Please review your family's Emergency Plan. Be prepared to have enough food, water, medications, and other necessities for you, your family, and your pets to stay in your home for a few days with or without power.
- Have extra batteries for flashlights and fully charge your cell phones.
- If you or a loved one have special or medical needs, please plan ahead for the upcoming weather conditions by making necessary arrangements in the event of a power loss.
- Check on your neighbors, particularly the elderly. If you feel that someone needs a wellness check, contact the Warren Police at 908-753-1000, and they will send out an officer.
- Warming/charging centers and shelters will not be opened until the roads are safely passable.
- Remove vehicles from the roadway to aid in the plowing of streets and allow for the passage of emergency vehicles.
- Clear a path to your front door in the event that emergency workers need to access your residence.
- Shovel out any fire hydrants and generators on your property.
- Do not plow snow from your driveway into the street. This is a violation of Township ordinances. The Township is not responsible for plowing the apron of your driveway.
- Pursuant to Warren Township Ordinance 3-3A.2, sidewalks must be cleared of snow or ice by the owner or tenant of the abutting property within 12 hours after snow has fallen.
- Use 911 only for emergency situations. Use the Police Departments non-emergency line for all other inquiries: 908-753-1000.
- Information regarding road conditions on state roads is available at the NJ Department of Transportation's website, http://www.511nj.org/.
- Information regarding emergency preparedness can be found at the state's website, www.ready.nj.gov.
- Check school websites for information on school closures.
- Updated information is available at warrennj.org/storm and on AM radio 680, Warren Emergency Broadcast.
The Warren Township Police Department, Office of Emergency Management, Fire Department, Rescue Squad, and Department of Public Works have prepared and will continue to monitor the event. For up-to-date information, please visit the Township website (Special Announcements), follow both Warren Police and Warren OEM on Facebook and sign-up for NIXLE alerts sent directly to your phone by texting 07059 to 888777.
Thank you for your cooperation. Stay warm and be safe!