Hunterdon County OEM ready for potential power outages as private contractors ready for snow

Preparations are well underway across New Jersey, including Flemington, in anticipation of Wednesday’s major snowstorm.

News 12 Staff

Dec 14, 2020, 5:23 PM

Updated 1,279 days ago

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Preparations are well underway across New Jersey, including Flemington, in anticipation of Wednesday’s major snowstorm.
The Hunterdon County Office of Emergency Management in Flemington is preparing for multiple inches of snow, as well as the potential for power outages. 
“Travel disruptions, they're using words as possibly, obviously, hazardous, but possibly impossible, and also power outages,” says Hunterdon County OEM Coordinator Brayden Fahey. “Those are the risks we are planning for.”
Fahey says in a COVID-19 world, the storm will be different, especially in the case of large scale power outages. 
“What people need to plan for is if you do lose power, you should be prepared to shelter in place,” says Fahey. “If they are unable to do so, we urge them to stay with family or friends or look to a hotel to make accommodations for their comfort in that regard.” 
Private contractors are also making one last check on their snow and ice removing equipment, as they look to recoup some of the losses from first a near snowless winter last year, and then the spring pandemic.
“I know these guys, a lot of the local guys, are wishing for it last year like I said we had very little and then COVID hit, so it hurt a lot of guys, but we’ll be fine,” says Rich Stinson, with Prime Design Landscapes
Stinson and his crew spent the past month outfitting trucks and checking vehicles, just in case an early season storm were to hit.
“We have 20 trucks and 15 spreaders,” says Stinson. “A lot of machines. We are setting up over here; our laborers are getting ready with snow blowers and shovels. We're pretty much done after today. We'll be ready we'll sit back and wait.”
Fahey wants to stress if you lose power, do not call 911 -- leave the line open for emergencies. Contact your power company.


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