The NJ Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) is monitoring a winter storm expected to impact the State starting today, bringing with it snow, high winds and extreme wind chills. There will be winter precipitation in all areas of the State, and winds chills occurring at levels not experienced by New Jerseyans in several years.
“We are facing three hazards – snow, high winds and extremely low wind chills,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, State Police Superintendent and Director of the NJ Office of Emergency Management. “We are closely monitoring the situation with our partners from NJ State Agencies, the National Weather Service and the County Offices of Emergency Management. Be especially careful if you must travel. The conditions tonight into tomorrow morning will be treacherous. We are asking New Jersey residents to stay informed about conditions, review preparedness plans, and check on family members and friends who are elderly, disabled or isolated.”
The following is a list of general winter preparedness tips, a detailed list of actions to take can be found on the NJOEM website at: http://www.ready.nj.gov/plan/winter.html.
At home: Have your heating system checked by a professional once a year. Make sure your home is properly insulated. Protect pipes from freezing, inspect and flush your water heater, replace smoke detector batteries.
Pets: Create a place where your pets can be comfortable in severe winter weather, or bring pets indoors.
In the Neighborhood: If someone you know is elderly or dependent on life-sustaining or health-related equipment such as a ventilator, respirator or oxygen concentrator, make plans NOW to ensure their needs are met during severe winter weather and possible power outages. Check on them after a storm or power outage.
On the road: Winterize your vehicle to avoid breakdowns. Have a mechanic check key vehicle systems. Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle. Always wear a seat belt. Brake properly to avoid skidding. Be alert for snowplows.
Outside: During a snowstorm, stay inside – long periods of exposure to severe cold increase the risk of frostbite or hypothermia. If you must go outside, dress in many layers of clothing with a hat, mittens or gloves, and a scarf to cover your mouth. Most body heat is lost through the top of the head, so always wear a hat. Mittens are better than gloves, because fingers maintain more warmth when they touch each other. A scarf worn over your mouth will protect your lungs from extreme cold. [TLS]