Report wires down, trees in road, power outages, abandoned vehicles, and medical conditions on the linked form to the right.
Updated Wed. March 21 10:30am
The most pressing issue is restoration of power. It may be helpful to understand the triage system both JCP&L and PSE&G are using. In rough priority order:
- Remaining outages from storm Reilly
- Critical facilities, such as schools and special needs facilities
- Areas where a single repair can bring up many homes.
- More isolated outages.
For homeowners with downed power lines attached to their house: An overhead power line normally is tied to the house with a big metal ring up high on the side of the house. From this point, there is a heavy cable that descends to the meter.
If a downed power line detaches from the ring, it is the homeowner’s responsibility (and cost) to replace/repair the ring and to replace/repair the descending cable. Also, if the meter is damaged or ripped from the house, the homeowner will need to repair/replace the meter pan and only then will the power company will replace the meter and attach overhead power.
The cable and meter pan must be done by a licensed electrician and requires a permit. During these sort of natural disasters, the town will generally allow the work to proceed without all the permitting paperwork being completed, but at some point, after the repair you will be inspected.
Only when the descending cable, ring and meter pan are repaired will the power company come and re-attach your downed line. For suburban residential homes, there’s no charge from the power company to replace/repair the downed line from the street pole.
So… the homeowner can get going right away on their portion of the repairs and be ready for the first power company truck that comes a’calling.
Internet, TV and Phone
Internet, TV, and phone service restoration always waits until the power companies have made the lines safe in the area of downed lines. In addition, Optimum has distribution nodes (the grey boxes) on phone poles for every 30 or so homes. These require power. If the power is out on that pole, those customers will not receive Optimum service. Some Optimum poles are getting generators at locations where it is feasible.
As a stopgap for Internet access, most smart phones allow you to tether your WiFi computer and tablets to the phone’s internet connection. This should be adequate for email, web browsing and Facebook. Video streaming is not advised.
Water and Ice
Warming Center and Showers
On behalf of Mayor Vic Sordillo, the Warren Township Committee, and the Warren Township Office of Emergency Management, we would like to advise all residents that the Township is prepared for the impending Winter Storm. Warren Township is expecting anywhere from 6″ to 12″ of wet snow. Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs causing roads to become impassable. 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. This is the first event that the new AM radio station will be utilized.
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!
From Warren Office of Emergency Management
March 8, 2018, 11:15am – Warren wins the most snow (23”) and most power outages in Somerset County (close to 70% out). The Warren Township Police are requesting that you DO NOT call police headquarters asking about power outage restoration times or road plowing conditions. JCP&L and PSE&G are estimating restoration for Saturday and Warren DPW crews are currently out doing everything possible to clear the roads. The Police Department is urging residents to stay of the roads due to multiple live wires and trees down. Only travel if necessary.
We know that there are a lot of households without power or heat. If you, or someone you know with special needs (elderly, disabled, etc.) can’t stay home with no heat or electricity, Stonecrest Community Church has opened as a warming center at 11 Technology Drive (off Mt. Bethel Rd. near the Post Office). The opening of the courthouse as a warming station has been delayed because of the road conditions.
Anyone needing help evacuating should call the Warren Office of Emergency Management at 908-753-8000, extension 262. Please refer to the Warren Township Police and Warren OEM Facebook pages and the Warren Township website (warrennj.org) for updates.
Warren Township Offices
closed March 21
Jersey Central Power & Light reminds customers to take precautions when using generators during power outages. Emergency power generators offer an option for customers needing or wanting uninterrupted service. However, to ensure the safety of the home’s occupants as well as that of utility company employees who may be working on power lines in the area, the proper generator should be selected and installed by a qualified electrician. When operating a generator, the power coming from the home should always be disconnected. Otherwise, power from the generator could be sent back into the utility lines, creating a hazardous situation for utility workers.