July 7, 2021

Tropical Storm Watch (Elsa) Update #1 

Dear Resident,

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for our area. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical-storm-force winds/rain are POSSIBLE within the next 48 hours. The Marlboro Township Office of Emergency Management has been monitoring the status of Tropical Storm Elsa as it makes its way north. Based upon the current NWS forecast, the most significant impact of the storm will be rain and hail currently forecast for late Thursday and into Friday morning. 

Now is the time to confirm that your plan is in place to weather this storm. 

STAY INFORMED - Information may be sent in a combination of email, social media and SWIFT 911, and we suggest that residents register for as many communication methods as possible. 

  • EMAIL:  Click here: https://marlboro-nj.gov/register-e-bulletin to enter your email. 
  • SWIFT 911 - Marlboro Police Emergency Notification System: https://marlboro-nj.gov/swift911 Please register home and cell numbers and opt in for text messaging.  When the power goes out home phones are generally not operable so we suggest that you register both home and cell and opt in for text messaging.  If you do not use a cell phone, please ask a relative to register their number so they can keep you informed.  
  • SOCIAL MEDIA – Updates and information that changes frequently as often posted on social media, primarily Facebook. The official Town page is  @Marlboro Township, NJ (look for the blue and gold seal) www.facebook.com/marlborotownship/

PLAN & PREPARE – Use this time to make a plan with your family. 

  • New Jersey OEM HURRICANE SURVIVAL GUIDE  provides details on the three steps to Plan and Prepare as well as important State and Federal phone numbers, web addresses and social media sites.
  • Power Outages - Wind and rain brings the possibility of power outages.  Report outages to JCP&L by calling 888-544-4877 (888-LIGHTSS). Set up text reporting and status updates by texting REG to 544487 with your 12 digit account number and zip code.   Track outages http://outages.firstenergycorp.com/nj.html

Please immediately report downed wires to JCP&L or the Marlboro Division of Police.  Never go near a downed power line, even if you think it is no longer carrying electricity.

As an additional reminder, the Township’s website includes a ‘Storm Updates’ section which may be found on the Alerts tab on the homepage or https://marlboro-nj.gov/storm-updates.  Communications including storm emails, preparedness information, Office of Emergency Management notifications, and JCP&L updates are all posted there for your convenience and reference.

A reminder that we remain under a heat advisory until 8pm this evening and there is an increased risk for another round of thunderstorms this evening. As our Office of emergency management continues to monitor this Tropical Storm, please take the time now to ensure your plans are in place.  We will update you as more is known. 

Mayor Jon Hornik