Township Ready for Snowstorm – Resident Preparedness is ImportantPosted on January 22, 2016
Latest forecasts call for 16 to 24 inches of snow and high winds here in Montgomery starting Friday evening through Sunday. These conditions can cause downed lines and trees, difficult travel and power outages. The Township has been preparing by brining roads and sanding and making sure snow plows and essential personnel are available and ready.
“Montgomery Township personnel have been monitoring and are ready for the predicted weather. Residents are asked to stay off the roads until cleared and to prepare for the possibility of power outages this weekend,” said Mayor Patricia Graham.
Here are some ways residents may prepare today:
– Remove or otherwise secure all outside materials which may become airborne during high wind gusts.
– Fill up gas tanks and keep a blanket, flashlight & emergency kit in car.
-Keep cell phones charged and flashlights handy in the event of a power outage.
-If you own a generator, check that it is in working order now. Make sure generators are properly ventilated.
– Power outage prep may include storing potable and flushing water, and keeping batteries, food, medications & other needed supplies on hand.
(See National Weather Service website’s “Before the Storm” pages http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/before.shtml )
-Further safety tips on shoveling snow, preventing hypothermia and CO2 poisoning are found on the Health Dept. webpage at:
Mayor Graham requests that residents review the following Township reminders:
ROAD PLOWING REMINDERS
-Montgomery Twp. reminds all residents that, by ordinance, there is NO PARKING ON STREET while snow is falling or blowing excessively.
-Help Montgomery Clear Roads: Remove trash cans from near street & clear snow to the plowing downdrift side of your driveway (right side if facing street). Do not shovel snow into streets.
– Be patient for our plows. They complete an emergency vehicle lane single sweep first, then return to complete full road clearing after the snowfall ends.
-If you are able, please work with your neighbors to help keep fire hydrants by your home clear of snow.
-Full Township snow plowing reminders found at:
PSE&G ELECTRIC OUTAGE REMINDERS
-PSE&G has informed the Township that they have additional personnel and equipment on hand for this storm, including additional tree crews. They also remind residents/business owners to prepare as follows:
-Be cautious if you see downed lines. Downed wires should always be considered “live’. Do not approach or drive over a downed line. Report downed lines to 1-855-BIZ-PSEG.
-Before the storm, sign up for PSE&G’s My Account at www.pseg.com . Bookmark on cell phone and log-in to report outages, and to get restoration status updates. Outages may also be reported at 800-436-PSEG (7734).
-Go to PSE&G Outage Center at … https://www.pseg.com/home/customer_service/outage_info/index.jsp See Outage Tools and Maps updated every 15 minutes.
-Sign up for PSE&G My Alerts (to cell or email) at https://www.pseg.com/myalerts/index.jsp
ROAD CLOSURE and Montgomery Police Advisories will be released via NIXLE service & posted on the Township website homepage at www.montgomery.nj.us . You must sign-up to receive the free Nixle service.
Tip: If you sign-up to open an account on the Nixle Website Portal at www.nixle.com , you may select which specific Police Departments send you texts/emails and enjoy more free custom features. If you prefer, simply text your zip code to 888777 and you will receive info from Montgomery Police and other public safety agencies in your area.
SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY ALERTS FROM SOMERSET COUNTY
To receive emergency wireless text alerts on your cell phone, go to http://bit.ly/SomCntyText. Follow the prompts to enter your cell phone number and optional password. Although the alerts service is free, text-messaging charges from your wireless carrier may apply.
To register for free email alerts, go to http://bit.ly/SomCntyEmail, provide your email address and select “Emergency, Weather & Road-Closing Alerts.” You will receive periodic email bulletins about flood watches and warnings, county-owned road and bridge closings and severe weather affecting county programs and services.
SIGN UP FOR STATE & OTHER EMERGENCY INFO CHANNELS
For suggestions, go to the township website at: