Hurricane Sandy Update 10/31/12 @5.22PM

31 October 2012 35 views No Comment

Dear Residents,

Hurricane Sandy has been called the storm of the century with unimaginable consequences. Now that the worst has passed, it is time for the City of Englewood to move forward and help our residents return to normal as quickly and safely as possible.

On Sunday, I declared an official State of Emergency in the City of Englewood after getting briefed on the severity of the storm over the weekend. Our Office of Emergency Management (OEM) worked in coordination with all City departments and City Hall staff around the clock throughout Sandy to make sure that Englewood residents were safe. Now, we are all working together to deal with the aftermath of the storm.

While 5,000-6,000 Englewood customers are without power, we are fortunate considering the catastrophic effects of Sandy felt across our region. All over New Jersey and New York, communities have been decimated, experiencing tragic loss of life, businesses, and property. Our thoughts and prayers should be with those whose lives have been devastated by the storm. In Englewood, our primary concerns are ensuring the continued safety of our residents and restoration of power.

PSE&G announced that it will take at least 5 days for full power restoration given that over 1.4 million customers are without power, the largest number in history. PSE&G has assembled a virtual army of over 1,550 technicians. However, power must first be restored to water treatment facilities to avoid contamination, then to hospitals, police and fire stations, and then to customers.

Until full electricity has been returned, please be mindful of conditions in our City. OEM requests that you remain at home if possible until fallen electrical wires and trees are removed from the streets.

The City of Englewood joins Governor Christie’s executive order cancelling Halloween and moving it to Monday. Please do not trick-or-treat outside today. Safety is our first priority, especially for our children.

In tough times the City of Englewood has united to help our friends and neighbors, and I know that we will do that now. In an emergency meeting held with the City Council last night, members of our community offered their assistance. We established a Volunteer Committee to communicate vital information and make sure the City is aware of anyone in need of immediate help. To volunteer, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Andrea Katz, representative of Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle’s office, at 201-871-6666 or frankhuttle@englewoodmayor.com

To report an outage, please call PSE&G at 1-800-436-7734. You may also call the Office of Emergency Management at 201-567-3124. County Executive Donovan has opened a shelter at Bergen Community College, located at 400 Paramus Road in Paramus. Please call OEM if you need transportation, which the County will provide.

Finally, we thank all residents for your cooperation and patience as City Officials and our community work to address the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Please forward this message to any City resident who may not have received this information.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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