Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, OEM preparing for Hurricane Joaquin

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Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) team met this afternoon to discuss the possible scenarios that may be faced during Hurricane Joaquin. 

Photo via Twitter.
Photo via Twitter.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Zimmer posted the above photo on Twitter about an hour ago with the caption “All hands on deck planning mtg w/OEM team for two major storms & possible major flooding Thurs-Mon. #Joaquin.”

In a lengthy post on the City’s Facebook page yesterday, residents were encouraged to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

“With extreme weather occurring more often across the country, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging individuals, families, workplaces, schools, and organizations across the nation to take part in National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30th, 2015,” the post says.”

“As part of National Preparedness Month and National PrepareAthon! Day, FEMA is encouraging everyone to develop and practice their family emergency plan to prepare for disasters that are known threats in their communities.”

Creating a family communication emergency plan, signing up for local text alerts and warnings, keeping medical, legal and other important documents in a safe place and creating an emergency supply kit are a few of the suggestions listed.

Since being devastated by Hurricane Sandy nearly there years ago, Hoboken has embarked on a $230 million Rebuild by Design flood preparedness program, which helped earn the Mile Square City recognition from the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.

Furthermore, Zimmer was named to a local advisory committee of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) back in August, which gives recommendations to the agency regarding key environmental policies.