In advance of potentially severe weather conditions forecast to affect our area starting Sunday, September 4 through Tuesday, September 6, the Town Council, Belleville Police Department, and Town Manager are strongly encouraging everyone to closely monitor developing weather conditions over the next 2-3 days.
Please be advised that residents of Fairway Avenue, 725 Joralemon Street, and other low lying areas prone to flooding should be prepared to seek higher ground should weather conditions necessitate relocation. Some of the current weather models, including the GFS and ECMWF, have Hermine stalling and subsequently intensifying off of the New Jersey coast and then following a trajectory similar to Hurricane Sandy. As such, Hermine has the potential of causing excessive flooding in low lying areas along with concomitant wind damage.
Residents are advised to move vehicles to higher grounds – residents may park on school property on the weekend, and Monday to Friday after the school day ends at 4pm, and must move their vehicles prior to 7am Tuesday, September 6 when Belleville’s children are scheduled to begin the new school year.
Do not drive your vehicle in areas where the water covers the roadway – heed the warning “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!”
Residents should also make note of emergency phone numbers for first-responders in advance of Hermine’s approach should there be any widespread and prolonged power outages. Many of these numbers are available on the homepage of the Township website.
PSEG issued the following advisory Friday afternoon:
PSE&G is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Hermine and the possibility it could impact our service territory beginning Sunday. The storm could bring the potential for heavy rain and strong winds as it sweeps up the east coast and possibly lingers into next week.
In anticipation of the storm, PSE&G is ensuring that all available personnel are ready to respond beginning early tomorrow morning. We are also ensuring that additional supplies, including poles and transformers, are on hand.
Depending on the track of the storm, Hermine may stall off the New Jersey coast, bringing prolonged periods of wind and rain to our service territory. In addition to having additional personnel and equipment at the ready, we are installing barriers at a number of substations to keep water out. We have already elevated several switching and substations above flood level in preparation for this kind of severe weather.
PSE&G urges you to be cautious if you see downed lines. Downed wires should always be considered “live.” Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with.
To report downed wires or power outages, call PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG. You can also report power outages and view the status of an outage by logging in to My Account on pseg.com, PSE&G’s mobile-friendly website.
PSE&G offers the following tips to help you prepare:
|•||Charge your cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices.|
|•||Fill up your car’s fuel tank.|
|•||Check your supply of flashlights, blankets, nonperishable food and bottled water for everyone in your family.|
|•||Put your refrigerator and freezer at the coldest setting. Keep a blanket handy to throw over these appliances for added insulation. If electricity is interrupted, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.|
|•||Compile a list of emergency phone numbers, including PSE&G’s Customer Service line: 1-800-436-PSEG. Call this number to report power outages or downed wires.|
Stay Connected with PSE&G’S MyAlerts and Outage Center
Sign up for PSE&G’s MyAlerts service for 2-way texting and email notifications. PSE&G’s free MyAlerts service allows you to:
|•||Text OUT to report a power outage.|
|•||Text STAT at any time for the latest on your outage.|
|•||Receive an alert when there is a power outage in your area.|
|•||Receive notification of your Estimated Time of Restoration (ETR) and changes in the ETR of more than an hour.|
|•||Receive an alert when the power outage is restored.|
There are two ways to register for MyAlerts:
|•||Log in to My Account at pseg.com from your smart phone, tablet, or computer and select “MyAlerts Text/Email Notifications” from the main menu. You can select which alerts you’d like to receive and how you would like to receive them.|
|•||Use your mobile phone to text “REG” to 47734 (4PSEG), and then follow the prompts to register for text alerts.|
Stay in touch and informed with PSE&G’s “Outage Center” to:
|•||Report an outage and check your outage status.|
|•||View our “Outage Map,” updated every 15 minutes, which displays the location and status of power outages in our service territory.|
|•||Receive important safety information to help you before, during and after a storm.|
|•||Sign up as a follower of PSE&G’s Twitter and Facebook pages to monitor restoration progress.|
Belleville residents are also encouraged to enroll in the free emergency notification services Nixle and SwiftReach 911. Please click on the respective images in the left margin of the Township website homepage for enrollment instructions for each service.