STORM RECOVERY UPDATE
A few notes from the Mayors’ call with JCP&L this afternoon (March 5th):
• The majority of customers will be restored by the end of business on Tuesday. JCP&L believes, at this time, that only single home outages will completed by the end of business Wednesday or Thursday.
• JCP&L now has a staging site near County College of Morris in Randolph, which brings resources closer to Chester. Additional crews are arriving today. (Initially they were only staging up at Sussex County Fairgrounds.)
• There are 2900 workers on the job now, representing JCP&L employees, mutual aid companies and PSE&G employees who have been loaned to JCP&L.
• The tree on Hillside Road was cleared today.
• Crews are in town clearing the remaining roads in the Borough and Township.
• JCP&L is hyper-aware of impending snow on Wednesday and the ability of our towns’ DPW trucks to plow where there are still wires and trees across the roads. JCP&L crews can and will work through snow, although the bucket trucks will be shut down if winds reach 35-40 mph.
• They are working with the county OEMs to prioritize road openings. Chester Police provides input on those priorities.
• JCP&L continues to adhere to the priority list as follows:
• JCP&L is providing free water and ice to residents who have lost power. Shop Rite of Chester is one of the distribution sites, as is Kings in Mendham. Stop by the Customer Service desk to find out how to redeem this offer.
When this storm has passed and things get back to normal, the Mayors will arrange a public meeting with the JCP&L Municipal Liaison. We ask that residents compile a list of concerns and suggestions in preparation for that time, while they are fresh in your mind.
Parts or all of these roads still have closures today:
- Hillside Rd.
- Cora Lane
- Fox Chase Rd.
- Ironia Rd.
- Melrose Dr.
- Pleasant Hill Rd.
- Pottersville Rd.
- Rogers Rd.
- Furnace Rd.
Chester Township and Borough DPW crews are preparing for the impending storm expected to arrive on Tuesday evening. These late winter snows are usually very heavy snows which can result in more trees down, and more mailboxes being knocked over from the weight of the snow.
If your mailbox has been damaged by plows:
Borough residents- notify Scott Beam at sbeamchesterborough.org or 908-879-3660 ext. 2118
In anticipation of Wednesday’s snow, electronics waste collection is being rescheduled to Saturday, March 10th from 8:00am-12:00pm. There will be no collection on Wednesday, March 7th.
Brush pick-up in the Borough will likely be the first two weeks of April.
Chester Borough offices will reopen on Tuesday, March 6 at 8:00 am.
The Chester School District has announced that school will reopen this Tuesday, March 6th. West Morris Mendham HS will be open. West Morris Central HS is still without power, and will announce tomorrow’s schedule when it’s clear whether or not power will be restored.
Please continue to check on neighbors in need. If you have tried to contact a neighbor in town that you are concerned about, and have not been able to reach them, please call the police non-emergency number and request a ‘welfare check.’ The non-emergency number is (908) 879-5514, option ‘0’.
Area businesses are largely open and ready for visitors. Please call ahead to confirm individual schedules. Nitroflex Fitness Gym is offering use of its showers to area residents. Local gas stations are open, Shop Rite is open, the Chester Library is open, and area restaurants are open. Local churches are offering warmth and refreshments to those in need; please contact them directly for assistance.
Non-potable water is available from a tap outside the Barn at Highlands Ridge Park, 100 North Rd.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. Hopefully, the storm this week will be the last!
Mayor Marcia Asdal, Chester Township
Mayor Janet Hoven, Chester Borough
ALL RESIDENTS URGED TO SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS
If you haven’t yet signed up for the Everbridge Emergency Notification System, NOW would be a good time. Keep informed about emergency conditions. Registration takes about 5-10 minutes. This is a Morris County initiative, and it is used by the Chester Police Department. Please sign up today here.
The Everbridge Emergency Notification System is currently in use county-wide by Morris County, NJ. This is an emergency alert system, similar to the Honeywell system used by the Chester School District, which allows you to sign up to have emergency information sent to you by home phone, cell phone, text, and/or email, according to your specifications. It is so important for our local office of Emergency Management to be able to reach all residents in the event of an emergency, be it weather-related, a natural disaster, chemical spill, or should a lock-down situation be required. Please set up your profile as soon as possible.
Residents of the Chesters can now sign up for Smart 911. With this service, regardless of whether you call from your home phone or your cell phone, first responders will be made aware of any information that might help you in the event of an emergency. This information might include medical needs, emergency contacts, specifics about your home, pets, and/or vehicles. View a Power Point presentation about what this service offers and how you can sign up here.
If you aren’t a Twitter user, you can still receive tweeted alerts. Emergency tweets can show up as texts on your phone. Here’s how: text the message ‘follow @ChesterPoliceNJ’ to the number 40404. You’ll get a confirmation message, and will receive texts whenever the Chester Police Department tweets out emergency information.
The public radio system serving the Chester area is up and running. In the event of an emergency, information is broadcast through this system. Take a moment to set your car radio to 1630AM. The server for the link can only handle about 100 users at a time, so there may be a wait in accessing. The intention is for users to tune in on a car radio and not via computer during power outages.
Please let neighbors and local contacts know about these methods of receiving emergency information. Help spread the word!
NJ REGISTER READY
This program offers residents with special needs and their families, friends and associates an opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies, so emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency. The information collected here is confidential and will not be available to the public. You can register at:
Any questions please contact Chief Tom Williver at 908-879-5514 x831.
Visit the website for the Chester Township Office of Emergency Management for further information about how to prepare your home for emergencies at