RESIDENTS URGED TO MAKE FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR HURRICANE SANDY
At this time, the National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Warning, High Wind Warning, and Flood Watch for our area. Major flooding and winds up to 80mph are possible. Residents should take the storm very seriously and finish all preparations by Sunday.
Information related to Hurricane Sandy and other important relevant resources are available on the City website atwww.hobokennj.org/sandy.
Although a mandatory evacuation has not been ordered, residents who live in ground floor units and in low-lying areas of the City, including those who flooded during Hurricane Irene, may wish to voluntarily evacuate due to the potential for flooding. For those who wish to but cannot evacuate, a shelter will be available.
The City will be opening a shelter at the Wallace School, located at 1100 Willow Avenue. The exact time will be announced later today. Residents going to the shelter may bring medication, a small toiletry bag, clothing for up to 3 days, and 3 days of baby supplies including diapers and formula. Pets are permitted and must be crated. Please bring enough pet food for three days. Residents who wish to donate non-perishable food for the shelter may drop off items at City Hall.
Emergency Operations Center
An Emergency Operations Center will be open 24/7 as of 1:00pm on Sunday, October 28 and staffed by City staff and CERT volunteers. Please call our Emergency Operations Center at 201-239-6644/6645/6647/6648 if you have general questions, in order to alleviate the strain on our public safety officials. For emergencies, residents should call 911 or the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2100 and Hoboken Fire Department at 201-420-2005/2007.
High Wind Warning
A high wind warning is in effect from Monday 6am until Tuesday 6pm. Sustained winds of 35-55mph and gusts of 70-80mph are predicted. Residents and businesses should bring in unsecured objects from patios and balconies and secure outdoor objects such as lawn furniture which can blow away and cause injury. Please bring garbage cans inside so they do not litter our streets, and if you have a construction zone, please clear and secure the site of all loose materials. The City has brought inside all public trash cans that are not bolted down. Residents are also asked to help clear leaves from sidewalks to avoid catch basins from clogging during the storm.
Regular garbage pickup will occur on Sunday night. Please promptly bring trash bins indoors after pickup has occurred.
Cars parked on-street should be moved out of flood-prone areas (see map: www.hobokennj.org/departments/environmental-services/storm-flood-zones). Due to the potential for flooding, the City of Hoboken is providing discounted parking at the rate of $5 per day in municipal Garage B (located on 2nd Street between Hudson and River streets) beginning Sunday, October 28th at 8pm through Tuesday, October 30th at 8pm for residents who reside in flood prone areas and have a valid Resident parking permit or Temporary parking permit placard. Parking before or beyond this time will be charged at the normal rate. Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents may also consider parking in private lots or moving vehicles out of town.
Please avoid any flooded or barricaded streets. Like many older cities, Hoboken has a combined sewer system, so flood water is a mix of sewage and rain water runoff and poses a health hazard. Man hole covers may also have been displaced, posing a serious threat for pedestrians and drivers. Downed power lines in the water pose an electrocution hazard.
PSE&G has warned that up to 1 million of its 2.2 million customers could experience a power outage, and full restoration could take more than 7 days. For your safety and to ensure that our Police and Fire Departments can respond to all emergencies, it is very important that everyone is fully prepared to stay inside with enough water and food for 72 hours. Assume there will be no power and make certain to have flashlights, and batteries. Charge phones, fill bathtubs and sinks with water, which can be used to flush toilets, and turn refrigerators to the coldest setting and keep them closed.
Schools, Parks & Recreation
Hoboken Public Schools will be closed on Monday, October 29, 2012. Updates will be posted to the Board of Education website:www.hoboken.k12.nj.us and the City’s website. All City parks and playgrounds will be closed at 3pm on Sunday, October 28, 2012 due to wind. All sports league practices scheduled for Monday are cancelled.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will begin shutting down subway, commuter rail and bus service at 7pm on Sunday, October 28, 2012. All PATH train service and stations will be shutdown at 12:01am Monday, October 29 until further notice. NJ TRANSIT will offer full systemwide cross-honoring starting at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, October 29 and continuing through 6 a.m. Wednesday, October 31.
All City of Hoboken government buildings will be open on Monday, October 29, 2012.