Fulop, Jersey City OEM urge preparation for flooding, power outages from Joaquin

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Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and the Office of Emergency Management are urging residents to be prepared for scenarios such as flooding and power outages with Hurricane Joaquin on the horizon. 

Jersey City OEM & Homeland Security Director W. Greg Kierce speaks at the Greenville Library on September 14.
Jersey City OEM & Homeland Security Director W. Greg Kierce speaks at the Greenville Library on September 14.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“While the exact trajectory and intensity of the storm are still unknown, OEM is cautioning residents that significant rainfall, flooding, high winds and power outages are possible for the area. Motorists should avoid flooded roadways and not attempt to drive through standing water,” the city wrote on their website.

“Our OEM team and city directors are putting the necessary steps into place while closely monitoring the direction of Hurricane Joaquin, which has the potential of significantly impacting our area,” Fulop said in the posting.

“Residents should sign up for emergency notifications and take the necessary home preparedness steps now in advance of the storm, as we will be continually providing updates to keep our residents safe and informed.”

OEM also recommends keeping an eye on the Jersey City website, Facebook page, Twitter account (@JC_GOV) and the emergency alert system in the upcoming days.

Additionally, city construction officials are inspecting construction sites and requiring all materials be secured to prevent any incidents as a result of high winds.

On top of that, the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA), with the assistance of Department of Public Works and Jersey City Incinerator Authority personnel, are clearing catch basins of debris in advance of the expected heavy rains for the next several days.

Any residents who park in low-lying areas are encouraged to move their vehicles to higher ground in advance of the storm.

Both the Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health and CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital are activating their emergency preparedness plans and are in close communication with the City’s OEM.

Furthermore, the city urges residents to have a family disaster plan ready, bringing outdoor items like garbage cans and lawn furniture inside, securing and boarding up home windows and storing valuables and important documents in a safe place, among other things.

Finally, residents may also call the Resident Response Center at 201-547-4900, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and in the event the OEM Command Center is activated, extended hours and phone numbers will be made available.