September 11, 2018
Severe Weather /Storm Preparedness
Hurricane Florence continues to become more organized and to increase in size. Hurricane and storm surge watches have been issued from South Carolina to the North Carolina/Virginia Border with an expectation that Florence will approach the Carolina Coasts Thursday into Friday. At this time, New Jersey Coastal areas can expect rain along with increased winds and flooding during times of high tide, however Florence is expected to remain well south of us.
That being said, we know from experience that weather predications can change quickly and Marlboro Office of Emergency Management (OEM) continues to monitor the storm path. My office has met with our JCP&L representative who has confirmed that JCP&L is bringing additional personnel from the Midwest into our area and setting up staging areas. Should the storm follow the expected path, they can quickly send personnel down to assist the Carolina Electric Companies.
As we listen to the weather reports of storms, we are reminded that severe weather has become the norm. Before, during and after Sandy, we sent emails, reverse police calls, and social media posts multiple times a day. Many notices can still be found on the website HERE. We learned that some lines of communication were inaccessible and people had different access; some had cell service, some texting, and others email and that most home phones do not work during a power outage.
Since that time we have been asking you to sign up for as many of our communication options as you have access to (email, Facebook, twitter) and to register your home and cell phones to receive police Swift 911 updates. We ask that you please visit the Marlboro website ‘Communications for Residents’ and register.
The time to prepare is now; not when a storm is bearing down. In addition to registering for communication updates, assemble a preparedness kit with enough food and water for each person for five days. Do not forget those with special needs, the elderly, and pets. If you already have a preparedness kit, review the content to replace any items that have expired. Please review the preparedness letter with links for both Marlboro and the NJ OEM HERE.
As always, the Marlboro Police Department is available 24 hours a day at (732) 536-0100. For emergencies, please do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.
We will continue to monitor weather reports and update you as needed. If you are traveling, please listen to local weather updates. The link to September Storm Update #1 is below. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are in the path of the hurricane.
Mayor Jon Hornik