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South Orange Hurricane Sandy Information 1

  1. 1. TOWNSHIP OF SOUTH ORANGE VILLAGE Office of Emergency Management Hurricane Sandy Preparedness Information Friday, October 25th 5:30pmThe Township of South Orange Village is advising its residents and visitors of theanticipated impacts of Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to affect New Jerseybeginning Monday and continuing through Tuesday. High winds and severe floodingmay result in several street closings, fallen trees, downed electrical lines, poweroutages and property damage.The Office of Emergency Management declared that an emergency exists in SouthOrange as of 3:00 pm Friday, the 25th. Meetings and conference calls have been heldwith key Village officials, members of the LEPC (Local Emergency PlanningCommittee), Essex County OEM and PSE&G.The Department of Public Works has commenced preparatory work in advance of thestorm, including clearing catch basins and drains and beginning leaf removal thisweekend. The Police and Fire Departments, as well as the South Orange RescueSquad, are implementing the emergency operations plans, including strategic vehicleand equipment deployment and supplemental staffing as necessary.The Village has been meeting to review storm preparations, plan community andcommunications outreach and finalize execution of standing operations, adjusted forthe realities of this particular storm.Through the duration of this storm and after, the Village will communicate toresidents and visitors through our Emergency Notification System (which communitymembers can sign up for at:, our website, Twitteraccount (, local media and mass email. Knownhigh risk populations are being contacted directly. If you know someone who hasspecial needs or is at high risk please contact the SOPD at 973 763 3000.In the event of significant flooding or other conditions that render homesuninhabitable, we have prepared for opening our shelter at the South Orange Libraryat 65 Scotland Road. In the event of excess demand, alternate shelter sitearrangements have been made with Seton Hall University. If and when the decisionto open the shelter is made additional details will be available on the Village websiteand communicated through all available channels.Residents do not need evacuate their homes at this point, unless special medical orat-risk conditions exist. Residents are advised to take precautions as identified below: • Have plenty of fresh water at your disposal • Have all cell phones fully charged • Have all emergency and contact numbers available • Have working flashlights with fresh batteries available • Inform friends or relatives of your whereabouts South Orange Office of Emergency Management | 101 S. Orange Ave | 973 378 7715 |
  2. 2. • Stay inside your home away from all windows, which should be shut and shuttered, if possible • Store inside or securely tie down all lawn furniture, or other loose outside items • Remove propane tanks from outdoor grills and place in a secure location away from where flooding could occur • Avoid all contact with any downed or sagging wires, and be mindful of standing water surrounding a downed or sagging power wire. Immediately call 9-1-1 to report downed power lines.All power outages should be reported directly to PSE&G at (800) 436-7734. This isthe fastest way to ensure that your outage is recorded by PSE&G and placed on theschedule for response and restoration.Check-in on the status of the storm at the above mentioned resources and ensureyou are signed up to receive emergency notifications to get the quickest alerts onwhat’s happening. You can also sign up (for free) to Nixle alerts at: Shelter, if opened: SO Public Library, 65 Scotland Road.Local Resources: • South Orange Public Library: 65 Scotland Rd. • South Orange Police, Fire or Medical emergency: 9-1-1 • South Orange Police (non-emergency) & EOC: 973-763-3000PSE&G: 1-800-436-7734Web resources: • • • South Orange Office of Emergency Management | 101 S. Orange Ave | 973 378 7715 |