Thunderstorm Preparation Tips
· Check local weather forecasts.
· Watch for warning signs of an approaching storm.
· Plan ahead - know where you will take shelter in case of a storm.
· Stay indoors. If a suitable building is not available, get inside a vehicle with a steel roof. Do not take shelter in small sheds, under isolated trees, or in convertible automobiles.
· Stay away from tall structures such as towers, fences, telephone poles, or power lines and avoid contact with water, appliances, metal objects, or other conductors of electricity.
· Boaters and swimmers should immediately go ashore and take shelter, well away from the water.
· In the woods, take shelter under shorter trees. Make yourself the smallest target possible. Squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet with your head between your knees. Do not lie flat.
· At home, do not take a shower or bath. Current from a lightning strike can travel through water pipes.
· Do not talk on a hard-wired telephone during the storm. Telephone lines can conduct electricity, too.
· Unplug air conditioners and other major appliances to protect them from lightning strikes.
· Tune to a local radio or TV station for storm information.
· Be aware of severe thunderstorm, tornado, or flash flood watches/warnings that may be issued. Watches tell you when and where severe weather is likely to occur; warnings are issued when severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar.
With new drop off schedules and socially-distanced routes to school, school zones may look different this year. Slow down and watch for pedestrians.
BEWARE OF SCAMS
You have just withdrawn money from your account in the form of cash or a cashier’s check. Please be aware that scammers are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic and have been targeting our elderly population. There are a variety of scams being attempted, some examples are as follows:
The BAIL BOND scam. The criminal will call the victim on the phone and explain their grandchild was arrested. The criminal may or may not provide the grandchild’s name. In some cases, a person was placed on the phone pretending to be the grandchild as proof they were arrested. The criminal will ask that you pay a sum of money in order for the grandchild to be released from jail and ask for your home address to pick up the money. Please be aware, the criminal may give you instructions on what to say to a bank teller if he/she questions you on why you are taking out the cash. The criminal may also instruct you to act upset and angry or to tell the bank employee that it is none of their business as to why you are taking out the money.
The IRS scam. The criminal will call the victim and tell them that they owe the government money and if you don’t pay you will be arrested. To avoid being arrested you must pay your debt by way of a MoneyGram or gift cards. Understand, the IRS will NEVER call you and pressure you into settling your tax debt with a MoneyGram or gift card.
These are just two of the MANY scams currently being conducted via telephone, internet and email to honest people such as yourself. You have worked very hard for your money, so please do not give up your money so easily to these scammers. These scammers are trying to upset you into impulsively handing your money over to them. If someone you do not know calls, texts or emails you looking for money, call a relative, a close friend, or call the Police. Another person not directly involved may have a better perspective on the situation and be more likely to see through any potential scam attempt.
The Rockaway Township Police Department is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week should you have any questions. If so, you can call (973) 625-4000.
Internet Safety Information:
There have been many technological advancements in recent years. Our computers and the internet provide a wealth of information with the click of a mouse. Although the internet is a superhighway of information, it can pose unwanted threats and dangers. Always safeguard you and your family by following safety guidelines. To help protect yourself from internet dangers,the following links provide useful information.
Please be advised of the following phone scam.
Unknown individuals are contacting residents of Rockaway Township claiming to be members of the Rockaway Township Police Department. These calls are showing the Police Department’s (973) 625-4000 phone number on caller ID. These individuals are telling the residents they have an active warrant and if they do not pay over the phone via gift cards that members of the Rockaway Township Police will go to their house and arrest them. We have had multiple residents state they have received similar calls.
If you receive this phone call, please contact the Rockaway Township Police Department to report the incident at (973) 625-4000. Thank you.