VINELAND DECLARES EMERGENCY FROM STORM RELATED DAMAGE

Vineland is another community that has declared an emergency following the storm related damage that took place. Vineland officials say the Municipal Electric Utility is aware and working to resolve power issues as soon as possible.  Please do not call the police department or electric utility for an update.  At this time is would be speculative to when power will be restored.

Vineland Police are also encouraging:

Consider all wires ENERGIZED and dangerous. Even lines that are de-energized may become energized at any time.

Stay at least 10 feet away from the wire.

Electricity can travel through the ground. Therefore, a live wire touching the ground can harm you even if you don’t touch the wire.

Electricity can also travel through tree limbs. Never remove tree limbs or other items that are touching or near a downed wire. Never use any object to move a downed wire.

If a broken power line should fall on your vehicle:

Stay inside the vehicle until help arrives, as your car may be energized.  Warn others not to touch the vehicle and have them call for help. If you must leave the vehicle, jump as far away as possible with both feet landing on the ground at the same time.  DO NOT touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time.  If someone makes contact with a downed power line, don’t try to rescue them because you risk becoming a victim yourself. Call 911.