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Town Prepares For Hurricane Sandy

PSE&G setting up temporary power stations; United Water meeting with Borough officials.

The National Weather Service has issued a warning that Hurricane Sandy, a large coastal nor'easter, is forecast to arrive in Bergen County somewhere between Sunday and Tuesday.

In preparation for the storm, officials said that PSE&G is setting up temporary power stations in the event the power goes down in New Milford and United Water is hosting a meeting Friday for Borough officials.

Chief of Police Frank Papapietro, who also heads New Milford's OEM, is closely monitoring Hurricane Sandy and is in close contact with the BCOEM.

"Although there are no weather advisories at this time, residents in flood prone areas should carefully monitor weather conditions and prepare to protect their valuables in the event the storm affects us," Papapietro said.

Last week the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management (BCOEM) conducted a drill that focused on scenarios designed to test the communication systems between municipal OEM's, the county OEM and the state OEM during a severe weather emergency. According to Lt. Dwane Razzetti, head of the BCOEM, 40 municipalities took part in the drill, along with representatives from PSE&G and Rockland Electric.

Papapietro participated in this drill and reported that all communications systems operated smoothly and without incident.

To prepare for the impending storm, residents are advised: 

  • Register for the town's Reverse 9-1-1 by clicking here.
  • Anyone taking any prescription medication that's running low refill them now
  • People with special needs (or caregivers on their behalf) are encouraged to register with Register Ready -- New Jersey's Special Needs Registry for Disasters -- through  www.registerready.nj.gov.  Alternatively, they can call New Jersey’s toll-free 2-1-1 telephone service. This service will register people, offer free translation, and provide TTY services for the hearing-impaired.
  • Stock up on ready-to-eat foods and bottled water.
  • Have a contingency plan for your pet should you need to evacuate. Click here for NJOEM's emergency plan for your pet.  

"We will keep residents advised of developments," Papapietro said.

To keep updated on the storm, and to receive breaking news alerts, sign-up for New Milford Patch's Newsletter by clicking here.

Pat October 26, 2012 at 01:44 AM
This is not a joke people, this is going to be a devastating storm. Although a bit early to pinpoint, there is little chance we escape this monster. This scenario has never happened before in the history of weather records. Potential for severe flooding, wide spread high winds +50mph, massive power outages. Start preparing now.
Lori Barton October 26, 2012 at 01:45 AM
You think maybe DelVecchio might object to this photo of Main Street under water? Can he prove that Tracy Montgomery actually took this photo and that it is actually Main Street in New Milford? This shows what we have been saying from the beginning: this area floods and it floods badly! All of New Milford along the river floods badly and building on the United Water property will only make it worse. And our Mayor, along with Councilmen Robalino and Colucci, think it's ok to build a ShopRite on this land. What kind of kool-aid have they been drinking??? It is ABSURD to allow any development that involves impervious covering on that property.
Lori Barton October 26, 2012 at 01:46 AM
You think maybe DelVecchio might object to this photo of Main Street under water? Can he prove that Tracy Montgomery actually took this photo and that it is actually Main Street in New Milford? This shows what we have been saying from the beginning: this area floods and it floods badly! All of New Milford along the river floods badly and building on the United Water property will only make it worse. And our Mayor, along with Councilmen Robalino and Colucci, think it's ok to build a ShopRite on this land. What kind of kool-aid have they been drinking??? It is ABSURD to allow any development that involves impervious covering on that property.
Sir Francis October 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Anyone who thinks united water is going to start Letting water out to help alleviate a flood is Kidding themselves. They would need to begin today To have any kind of impact. Otherwise when they do Release during the storm or just after it the river will be So swelled they will he creating a problem rather than alleviating One
AML October 26, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Ditto Lori! Met with the Governor's staff yesterday afternoon in Paramus. Was assured by Elizabeth Vouk, Deputy Director Constituent Relations, that steps had already been taken earlier this week in preparation for the storm. Let's just hope that the utility companies all read the 200+pages scathing report issued by the BPU August, 2012 criticizing their handling of Hurricane Irene and the Halloween storms last year & that they will not repeat their mistakes again to cause unnecessary harm and hardship to the residents of NJ. Let's also hope that UW has the sense this year not to have their emergency command center in another state. At least United Water is having a meeting with boro officials...too bad that the members of the public are excluded from this meeting. (only brought the introduction with me) recently released this August, 2012 by the BPU regarding the handling of Hurricane Irene, & the Halloween storms by the utility companies, & the actions that they must now implement/modify. I said that hopefully Iacullo, Rizzo, and LaRosa read the report and will not repeat the major mistakes they made last year, although who would have thought that we may be hit with
AML October 26, 2012 at 01:20 PM
sorry, included comments at the bottom of a post from a cut & paste I forgot to delete.
John October 26, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Anything I can do to help, I'm In. I do own a small boat and willing to volunteer my services if needed. I would say the police cheif should either focus on the weather or the luring not both and maybe delegate one of these to the next in charge.
Celeste Scavetta October 26, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I am so pleased with the seriousness that everyone is taking in what could be a town disaster.. Bless all our neighbors, friends, acquaintances, adversaries. We all have belief systems embedded. Some are unyielding. But no one, not a single person, should be derogatory in times of potential town destruction. We must come together to lend a hand-turn the other cheek and do what we all can to help someone else who is less fortunate. I flooded last time, and opened my heart, home and doors to those less fortunate. Trash talk on this medium has become quite unnecessary. How about everyone revealing their HUMAN side if heaven forbid we are all dealing with hell come Tuesday. How about all political signs stand up to a storm. Not one parties buried and smashed. How about all parties stand together at the mouth of the rushing water this time-instead of just one - to help our neighbors. With a new moon-high tide-and two massive storms potentially crashing over us -do your absolute best to be HUMAN. Work together for ALL the people. And if it's safe, be out there with your cameras to show the Judge who may be making the final decisions on our beloved town just what happens to beautiful New Milford when flood waters run through it. Imagine the impact THOUSANDS OF RECENT PHOTOGRAPHS CAN MAKE? As my friend Michelle says: LOVE NEW MILFORD. Please Love everyone in it too. Thank you Mayor Ann. BCOEM, PSE&G and Chief Pap! Bless you all!
bklynborn October 26, 2012 at 10:16 PM
You go girl....well said.

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