Chester Township

1 Parker Road, Chester, New Jersey 07930
Phone: 908-879-5100

Emergency Management

Emergency Preparedness

How can you 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.

Smart 911

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 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 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 help in emergencies

New Jersey Register Ready

New Jersey Register Ready

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 Ryan McNamee at 908-879-5514 x851.

Prepare your home for emergencies

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.

If your power goes out…

Contact JCP&L right away
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 or JCP&L’s website.

JCP&L customers have four options for reporting power outages:

  • Visit 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 using a smartphone, tablet or laptop
  • Call 1-888-LIGHTSS to speak with a representative. To learn more visit

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.


To File a Complaint with the Board of Public Utilities (BPU)

To File a Complaint with the Board of Public Utilities (BPU)

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

Chester Township

1 Parker Road
Chester, NJ 07930

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Tel: (908) 879-5100
Fax: (908) 879-8281
Main Office Open 9:00-4:30 M-F
See Staff Directory for individual office hours.

Police Contact

In case of emergency, dial 911.

For non-emergencies, dial 908-879-5514.

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