December 16, 2020
WINTER STORM WARNING – Update #4
We remain under a Winter Storm Warning until 10am Thursday. Marlboro is in the area with the greatest weather uncertainty. The snow totals will depend on the sleet/snow line and a small distance can make a significant change. That being said, heavy, wet snow, sleet and winds make power outages a real possibility. Please note the following local and statewide storm updates:
- Power/Cable Outages - Review storm update #3 online, sent via email and linked HERE. Pre-register for outage updates and service messages, both for Optimum and JCP&L. Outages should be reported directly to the appropriate utility. Assume all downed wires and live and dangerous. Do not touch or drive over them but report immediately to the Police at 732-536-0100.
- Remove Parked Cars and Obstructions from Roadway – Ordinance requires that the roadway be cleared of obstructions when the road is snow covered. Please remove cars, basketball hoops, etc. from the street to allow plows clear access.
- Communications – The Township uses multiple methods to keep the public informed. Register for them all: HERE
- Recycling Postponed – Zone 7 will NOT be collected Thursday as scheduled, but will be collected on Saturday. Place items curbside by 7am Saturday. Please contact your carting company for garbage collection schedule changes.
- State – Governor Murphy has declared a State of Emergency effective at 2pm today. This declaration made to allow emergency responders to respond quickly and allows the State, in collaboration with county and local public safety officials, to close roads, evacuate homes and commandeer equipment or other resources to protect public safety.
- Note this does not mean you cannot travel, however travel is discouraged. Weather conditions are expected to vary widely throughout the state. Where possible, the roads should remain clear for plows and first responders. The state has enacted a travel ban for commercial vehicles on certain state highways.
In addition to the above, the following are additional steps to be prepared:
- Charge all phones, electronic equipment and back up batteries.
- Download movies to a tablet to watch in case wireless service is not available.
- NEVER use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas, even when using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.
- Have an adequate amount of gas, cash and medications.
- Gather candles, flashlights and blankets.
- Visit ready.gov to review preparedness information.
Finally, we remind you that the Marlboro Division of Police are available 24/7. They can be reached by calling 732-536-0100. Emergencies dial 911. Please do not call them for storm updates. They do not have further information and it is vital that their lines are open for emergencies.
Prior storm updates can be found on the Alerts and Actions scroll on the website and on the Storm Page HERE. Thank you and stay safe,
Mayor Jon Hornik