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Saddle River NJ Police
Tuesday March 20th, 2018 :: 07:42 p.m. EDT



Winter Storm Warning - "TOBY"

Source: National Weather Service New York NY


* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 11 to
15 inches are expected.

* WHERE...Portions of northeast New Jersey, southern Connecticut
and southeast New York.

* WHEN...From 6 AM Wednesday to 6 AM EDT Thursday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel will be very difficult to
impossible, especially during the evening commute. Snow will
develop during the morning and become heavy by afternoon. Expect
significant reductions in visibility at times. A combination of
the heavy snow and wind gusts up to 35 mph could bring down


A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather
conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you
must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your
vehicle in case of an emergency. Check local Department of
Transportation information services for the latest road

Any EMERGENCY can be reported through 9-1-1 or by calling the Saddle River Police directly at 201-327-5300. We will have additional staffing available in anticipation for Winter Storm "TOBY" as it brings with it high winds and substantial snow fall. Prepare accordingly to prevent problems.

ALL unnecessary travel is discouraged during the hight of this storm and shortly afterwards to permit snow removal equipment to clear the roads. A state of emergency has been declared - no travel ban.

Residents are reminded to remove all vehicles from any Borough or County roadway during the storm and afterwards. This allows for the plow trucks and sanders to do jobs their more efficiently. It also leaves room for emergency vehicles(POLICE - FIRE- EMS) to navigate the slippery roads during calls for service.

If your vehicle becomes disabled or stuck in the snow, notify the Saddle River Police to arrange for its removal.

If you lose power notify your power company directly for the most current restoration estimates.
PSE&G - 800-436-PSEG (7734)
O&R - 877-434-4100

P.S.E.&G. has an outage map that can be monitored from any smart phone.…/customer_se…/outage_info/outagemap.jsp

O&R - Rockland Electric has an outage map that can be monitored from any smart phone.

Warming, Charging Centers and Bathrooms: Like all storms with outages, the police department (83 E. Allendale Road) lobby is open as a warming and charging center. Our police officers and dispatchers are happy to assist all of our residents in this area so please do not hesitate to stop by any time. It is staffed 24/7. If necessary, the Borough Hall will also be open (100 E. Allendale Road) for the same purpose.

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Winter storm tips from

Before Snowstorms and Extreme Cold

• Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
• Make an emergency kit for at least three days of self-sufficiency.
• Keep space heater safety in mind: Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. Remember to keep all heat sources at least three feet away from furniture and drapes.
• Prepare your home:
o Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the warm air inside.
o Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector.
o Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
o Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
o Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
• Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow - or water, if drains on flat roofs do not work.
o If you have a wood burning fireplace, consider storing wood to keep you warm if winter weather knocks out your heat. Also, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected every year.
o Have at least one of the following heat sources in case the power goes out:
Extra blankets, sleeping bags and warm winter coats
Fireplace or wood-burning stove with plenty of dry firewood, or a gas log fireplace
• Prepare your vehicle:
o Fully winterize your vehicle: Have a mechanic check antifreeze, brakes, heater and defroster, tires, and windshield wipers to ensure they are in good shape. Keep your gas tank at least half full.
o Keep an extra emergency kit specifically created for your car. In addition to the basic essentials, consider adding a portable cell phone charger, ice scraper, extra blanket, sand for traction and jumper cables.
o Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
o Sand to improve traction.
• Make sure you have a cell phone with an emergency charging option (car, solar, hand crank, etc.) in case of a power failure.
• People who depend on electricity to operate medical equipment should have alternate arrangements in place in case power is out for an extended period of time.
• Plan to check on elderly/disabled relatives and neighbors.
• Plan to bring pets inside.
• Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it in case you lose power.
• Fill a gallon container with water and place them in the freezer to help keep food cold.
• A NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts alerts and warnings directly from the NWS for all hazards. You may also sign up in advance to receive notifications from your local emergency services.

During Snowstorms and Extreme Cold

• Stay indoors during the storm.
• Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule and your route; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.
• Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.
• Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. Use caution, take breaks, push the snow instead of lifting it when possible, and lift lighter loads.
• Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
• If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
• Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
• Wear a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to reduce heat loss.

Any emergency can be reported to the Saddle River Police 201-327-5300 .

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Saddle River NJ Police
83 E Allendale Rd
Saddle River, NJ 07458

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 201-327-5300

Capt. Jason Cosgriff
Saddle River Police Dept.

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