The Jersey City Winter Storm Information Page
No resident of Jersey City is a stranger to winter storms. Whether it was the Winter Storm Nemo of 2013 or Snowmageddon of 2010, we've seen it all.
Below are a few rules and regulations, as well as tips, to get through the worst blizzard or Nor'easter.
Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Office of Emergency Management and the Jersey City Incinerator Authority (JCIA) have made sure that Jersey City has a snow emergency plan.
A snow emergency is when more than three inches of snow falls, such as during a Nor’easter. View or download flyer at left.
During a Snow Emergency:
- Residents cannot park on designated snow routes. These emergency routes are main thoroughfares that have to be plowed by the JCIA. On designated Snow Emergency days, residents should utilize side streets for parking
- The JCIA is responsible for clearing all city streets of snow and salts roadways during and after a storm
- Under City Ordinance, Chapter 296 - 1-6, residents are required to shovel snow and ice from the sidewalks surrounding their property within 8 hours of snowfall or by sunrise, whichever comes first
- Under City Ordinance, Chapter 296 - 1-6, business owners are required to remove snow and ice from the sidewalks surrounding their property within 4 hours of snowfall or by sunrise, whichever comes first
- If a property has not been cleared of snow or ice in a timely fashion, or if an individual is shoveling snow into the street, residents can contact OEM at 201-547-5566 or 201-547-5681
- When shoveling snow, residents and business owners are asked to create a path wide enough for a stroller or wheelchair to get through. Anyone who does not shovel their sidewalk could receive a summons from the JCIA
- Under City Ordinance, Chapter 296 - 1-6, residents are not allowed to deposit snow into the street after it is has been plowed. Residents who are removing snow from around a vehicle, sidewalk, or home are required to pile all shoveled snow against the curb line. Inspectors will be issuing warnings and summonses to individuals who violate this ordinance. Download Ordinance Flyers in English & Spanish
- The Heat & Hot Water Housing Code Ordinance is in effect. Download Ordinance Flyers in English, Arabic, & Spanish
- Any nurse, doctor or other hospital emergency personnel who needs assistance getting from their residence in Jersey City to a medical facility in Jersey City can contact OEM for a ride at 201-547-5566 or 201-547-5681
- If snow or ice has not been cleared within one to two days after the storm, please contact the Resident Response Center at 201-547- 4900.
Residents are asked to stay off the roads, if possible, and to use mass transportation. Please also check on the elderly or infirm.
Winter Weather and Severe Storm safety and preparedness tips, courtesy of PSE&G & The City of Jersey City!
If the past couple of years haven't made this point, PSE&G and The City of Jersey City would like to reiterate it. All residents should maintain a year round emergency kit which includes the following:
- A battery powered radio
- A corded or land-line telephone (cordless phones will not work if the power is out)
- Flashlights and extra fresh batteries
- A first-aid kit
- Bottled water and an adequate supply of non-perishable food
- A non-electric can opener
- Extra blankets and sleeping bags
Residents should stay away from downed power lines. To report downed wires or power outages, call PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG.
PSE&G uses an automated system to handle customer calls as efficiently as possible. Customers who get an automated response when calling PSE&G are encouraged to use it, as it is designed to route their calls to the right destination quickly. The system also provides the option to speak directly to a customer service representative. If you have specific information regarding damage to wires, transformers or poles, PSE&G asks that you speak with a representative to provide that information.