Winter Weather Preparedness

Winter Weather Preparedness
Posted on 02/01/2022
A significant winter storm is expected to impact our area later this week. In addition to bringing ice and snow accumulation, subzero temperatures will occur on Friday night and into the weekend.

How the Township is Preparing

Township Public Works crews will begin treating the roads as soon as the rain turns into ice. This is expected to occur in the early morning hours on Thursday, February 3. Crews will be on call all night and will work in shifts throughout the coming days. In addition to treating roadways, snowplows will be deployed once snow accumulation begins. As a reminder, below is the priority in which Township roadways are treated: 

1. Major Roads
2. Bridges
3. Steep Hills
4. School Zones
5. Secondary Streets
6. Cul-de-Sacs and Dead Ends

Warming Center

The Washington Township RecPlex will operate as a warming center during the following times: 

Friday, February 4: 6a-8p
Saturday, February 5: 8a-5p
Sunday, February 6: 10a-5p

In the event that the RecPlex loses powers, alternate warming centers will be identified and residents will be alerted through our website, social media, and emergency CodeRed alert system.

Emergency Alerts

In the event of downed power lines or significant power outages throughout the Township, residents will be notified through multiple channels including our website, social media, and emergency CodeRed alert system. To sign up for CodeRed alerts, simply text "WASHINGTONTWP" to 99411 on your mobile device to opt in. You can also register online

General Preparedness Tips

Subzero temperatures are expected to move into the area Friday night. In the event that your pipes freeze, turn off your water to reduce pressure on the frozen pipes and to minimize flooding. Thaw frozen pipes with a hair dryer, hand towel, space heater, or a heat lamp. Never use an open flame to thaw frozen pipes. 

Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by never using a generator or gas grill indoors. Additionally, do not try and heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.

Frostbite and hypothermia can happen very quickly in subzero temperatures. Limit your time outside and wear multiple layers. If your skin begins feeling numb or turns a white-greyish color, go inside immediately and soak in warm water. Additionally, if you begin experiencing shivering, exhaustion, memory loss, slurred speech or drowsiness, immediately go inside to a warm room and heat the center of the body first - chest, neck, head, and groin - and stay dry and wrapped in warm blankets, including the head and neck. 

Reduce the risk of a heart attack by avoiding overexertion while shoveling. Take it slow and take multiple breaks. 

If it's too cold for you to be outside, it's too cold for your pets to be outside. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, pets should be brought inside when temperatures fall below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Source: https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather