Scotch Plains/Fanwood Schools Closed Monday
Sunday, October 28, 2012 • 4:24pm
Here's the latest from Mayor Colleen Mahr and Police Chief Richard Trigo:
- STATE OF EMERGENY EXISTS ACROSS NEW JERSEY. Stay off roads unless absolutely necessary. Follow police direction.
- CALL 911 ONLY FOR TRUE EMERGENCIES. The dispatch desk will not be able to give weather forecasts or estimate when power will be restored. It is essential to keep the 911 lines open for true emergencies.
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- SHELTERS. Fanwood local authorities and the Office of Emergency Management have designated shelters IF they are needed. If you need shelter, call Fanwood Police at 908-322-5000. Governor Christie has suggested shelter in this order of priority: 1) Shelter at home 2) Shelter with family or friends 3) Shelter in the local town 4) County shelters 5) State shelters.
- LEAVES. The leaf collection program, which began last week, will not resume during storm conditions. Please do not rake or blow leaves into the street. Leave them on your property until the storm passes. Leaf piles in the street impede the flow of water run-off. Also, please keep storm drains clear. Leaf collection will resume at some point after the storm.
- POWER OUTAGES. PSE&G has assured us they will have extra manpower ready to respond to power outages, and have increased the power system's reliability since the last major storms in 2011. However, power outages are still likely. Keep flashlights and portable radios on hand. Keep refrigerators closed as long as possible to preserve food. Never run portable generators inside the home. If you have no power and no telephone service, you are safest if you stay at home. If it appears power will be out for an extended period, watch for announcements of "charging stations" where you can recharge your cell phones and other devices.
- YOUR SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT. Once the rain and wind pick up in intensity, stay off the roads. Do not approach downed wires. If you see a downed wire, call 911 immediately. You are safest at home. Keep a special eye on the very young and your elderly neighbors.
IN AN EMERGENCY, ALWAYS DIAL 911