Declaration of City Emergency
Governor Christie has declared a State of Emergency in the State due to the Hurricane Sandy. I have also declared a State of Emergency in the City of Englewood. I would urge all residents to observe voluntary restrictions and stay in their homes, do not travel or use the roads once the storm hits today. Falling trees and flooding are dangerous and with record levels of rainfall starting on Monday, everyone must exercise extreme caution.
The severity of the Hurricane Sandy cannot be underestimated. The National Hurricane Center reported that the Storm had maximum sustained winds near 75 miles per hour. On the Governor’s last conference call Sunday evening, each arm of State, County and Local governments has prepared through the State’s Office of Emergency Management for this storm, one that has never been seen before where a Hurricane collides with a Nor’easter and then is tracked to make landfall with a hard left into the Jersey Shore on Monday evening. It goes without saying, we must be extremely vigilant. The entire state and several other states will be hit by this storm. Englewood is no exception.
Remember a smaller storm last year, Hurricane Irene, and its aftermath. This storm is much different and may last up to 36 hours. In our conference call on Friday with PSEG, the Company explained that it has aggressively upgraded the work in the region in preparation of storms like this one, including the trimming of trees in Englewood, and strategically installing mobile transformers. In addition, the deployment of line / restoration crews is already underway. With this being said, an extended period of wind gusts between 40 and 60 mph is forecast by AccuWeather for two days, which will take its toll on structures, trees and power lines.
For residents who would like to park their cars off-street to avoid the risk of damage, the parking garage has been opened and will be free and open throughout the storm. Please use the Englewood Avenue entrance.
The Englewood Office of Emergency Management will be fully operational Monday morning and will work to monitor the storm and any and all events that arise as a result. The following contact information should be used to communicate with authorities.
For all storm related issues, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. This email address will be available 24 hours prior to the storm and 24 hours after the storm. The email address will be monitored by the Englewood Office of Emergency Management. It can be used at any time, but will be particularly helpful to alert authorities through your smart phone.
Additional phone contacts are:
* Emergencies: 9-1-1
* Englewood Police: (201) 568-2700
* Englewood Fire: (201) 568-6300
* Englewood Dept of Public Works: (201) 568-3401
* Englewood Health Department: (201) 568-3450
* PSE&G Customer Service: 1-800-436-PSEG
* United Water: 201-487-0011
* Verizon: 1-800-275-2355
* Optimum: (201) 262-8600
Please print out this email and keep it with the above contact information in a safe place in the event you lose power for any period of time. Please pass along this important information to your friends and neighbors and forward this email to those who live in Englewood. The City and I will send out updates. For updates, you may also check the City’s official website at www.cityofenglewood.org and I will also post updates at www.englewoodone.com. Stay home and be safe.
Mayor Frank Huttle III