Chester Township is asking all residents to get connected to the township by email, Facebook, Twitter, texting, and through Smart 911 so that we can reach everyone electronically with pertinent information in an emergency. In addition, the Township has a radio station at 1630 AM (Download .m3u) that will broadcast information around-the-clock in an emergency situation. And, the barn at Highlands Ridge Park, 100 North Rd. is set up to serve as a warming center where residents can come for warmth, company, and hospitality.
How can you better prepare your home and family for future storms and emergency events?
Chester Township’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) instructs that residents need to prepare to fend for themselves for 72 hours. That’s how long it could take to get assistance. The OEM has put together the following recommendations to help all residents get prepared.
Basic Disaster Supplies Kit
The following items are recommended for your basic disaster supplies kit:
- 3-day supply of non-perishable food; and of water – one gallon of water per person, per day;
- Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries;
- Flashlight and extra batteries;
- First aid kit and manual;
- Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper);
- Matches and waterproof container;
- a whistle;
- Extra clothing;
- Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a manual can opener;
- Photocopies of credit cards and identification cards;
- Cash and coins;
- Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eyeglasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing aid batteries;
- Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers;
- Other items to meet your unique family needs.
Because we live in a cold climate, you must think about warmth. It is possible that you will not have heat. Think about your clothing and bedding supplies. Be sure to include one complete change of clothing and shoes per person, including:
- jacket or coat;
- long pants;
- long sleeve shirt;
- sturdy shoes;
- hat, mittens, and scarf;
- sleeping bag or warm blanket (one per person).
Be sure to account for growing children and other family changes. You may want to add some of the items listed to your basic disaster supplies kit depending on the specific needs of your family. We recommend those with special needs register by clicking here, so that the township OEM can plan accordingly.
In-depth information on emergency preparedness can be accessed by clicking here.;
Do you have an alternate heat source for winter? How long can your family go without electricity? Water? Our entire Township is on well water, so additional water needs to be considered for toilet flushing, washing etc. If you’re able, please install a generator or at least have a portable unit capable of powering your well, furnace, and refrigerator.
JCP&L 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. See diagram for generator safety tips:
Get Connected with the Smart 911 Emergency Notification System
All Chester Township residents are urged to sign up online for the Smart 911 Emergency Notification System, 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.
Get Connected on Twitter
The Chester Police Department and the Chester Township Office of Emergency Management use Twitter to broadcast important public safety information to Chester residents. Through Twitter, residents can receive real-time information about road closures, special weather announcements and public safety bulletins. Follow us on Twitter @ChesterPoliceNJ and follow the Morris County Office of Emergency Management as well at @MCUrgent.
Get connected through Texts on your phone
If you aren’t a Twitter user, you can still receive tweeted alerts 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 or Office of Emergency Management tweets out emergency information. The same is true for county emergency announcements– text the message ‘follow @MCUrgent’ to the number 40404. You’ll receive texts whenever the county tweets out emergency information.
Get Connected on Facebook
We share news, events, recreational opportunities, photos, and announcements with Chester Township residents on Facebook. Through Facebook, residents can stay connected with what’s going on around town and stay apprised of safety information during emergency events.
Follow Chester Township on Facebook
Follow the Chester Police on Facebook
Citizen Alerts – Serving Morris County, NJ
This service allows you to sign up to get emergency and community alerts on your cell phone, work phone, text message, e-mail, home phone, and more. You can receive notifications about emergencies that may affect your home, your parents’ home, your workplace, and your child’s school, as long as those locations are within the boundaries of the city or county. Questions- contact Morris County Citizen Alerts at 973-829-8602 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
JCP&L: Enhanced 24/7 Power Center
JCP&L’s enhanced 24/7 Power Center online outage map displays individual outages, with estimated restoration times. During major storm events or other emergencies, the outage maps feature a prominent alert with links to outage-related news, safety tips, and additional information such as water and ice distribution locations. For more information about JCP&L’s communication tools, visit www.firstenergycorp.com/connect or JCP&L’s website.
JCP&L customers have four options for reporting power outages:
- Visit facebook.com/JCPandL and click the “Report an Outage” tab
- Sign up for text messaging with us and text “OUT” from your mobile phone
- Visit our 24/7 Power Center on www.jcp-l.com using a smartphone, tablet or laptop
- Call 1-888-LIGHTSS to speak with a representative. To learn more visit www.jcp-l.com/connect+
Important: JCP&L asks that everyone who has well water or electric life support equipment register with the utility at (800) 662-3115. They will notify registrants with outage info, and of where to get water and ice during an extended outage.
Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) reminds customers that they need to be aware that individual outages to their homes may require an electrician and inspection before service can be restored. This document provides information that helps explain what equipment customers may need an electrician to address before restoration can be completed.
This registration web site allows 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 by clicking here. Any questions please contact Chief Tom Williver at 908-879-5514 x831.
To file a complaint with the BPU call 1-800-624-0241 or write to:
NJ Board of Public Utilities
Division of Customer Assistance
44 South Clinton Ave., 9th Floor
PO Box 350, Trenton, NJ 07625-0350