The first snowfall of 2014 is making its way to New Jersey. In preparation for the storm and drop in temperatures, emergency hotlines and web services have been made available.
During the storm, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management recommends checking on family members and friends, as well as the elderly, disabled or isolated. Also the NJOEM recommends keeping pets indoors and dressing in layers to avoid frostbite and hypothermia when going outdoors.
AAA is recommending drivers check their vehicle’s cooling, charging and exhaust systems by a qualified technician and to have good wipers and windshield washer fluid on their vehicles. Throughout the storm, AAA is recommending drivers drive slowly, leave distance between other vehicles and carry an emergency winter kit with flashlights, warm clothes, gloves, non-perishable snacks, a blanket, a shovel, an abrasive like sand and a cell phone charger. Before starting a vehicle, AAA recommends drivers make sure their tailpipe is clean before starting their car and to remove all snow and ice from the vehicle.
Visit www.ready.nj.gov for your county OEM coordinator number.
Other emergency services and tips throughout the storm will be available through the following sites and social media:
National Weather Service — www.erh.noaa.gov/er/phi/
New Jersey Office of Emergency Management — www.ready.nj.gov
ReadyNJ Alerts and Updates Blog — www.readynj.wordpress.com
NJOEM on Facebook — www.facebook.com/READYNEWJERSEY
NJOEM on Twitter — www.twitter.com/ReadyNJ
NJ State Police on Facebook — www.facebook.com/NewJerseyStatePolice
NJ State Police on Twitter — www.twitter.com/NJSP