Sussex County Opens Up Emergency Shelter For Its Residents If Needed During Hurricane Sandy
Sunday, October 28, 2012 • 9:01pm
SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – The Sussex County Emergency Management Coordinator Sheriff Michael Strada, and, County Administrator John Eskilson have announced as of 8 p.m. this evening, the Sussex County Technical School on Route 94 in Sparta as an emergency shelter.
Those who opt to use the shelter should bring their own blankets, toiletries, medications, and snacks. Domestic pets are welcome, however, animals should be leashed, or crated.
The shelter will be open throughout the storm, and following, to assist county residents, and staffed by the American Red Cross, Sussex County Chapter, the Sussex County CERT Team, and Sussex County Sheriff’s Office.
Click here for the announcement from the county.
Municipal offices have been told by the Sussex County Office of Emergency Management, they can close at their own discretion, and the following have provided updates on their websites:
Franklin Borough: Franklin Borough has advised its residents severe weather is set to begin around midnight, and residents are urged to use extreme caution, and avoid going out in the storm. Click here for information from the borough.
Green Township: The municipal office will be closed on Monday, October 29. Green Township also stated, “the Emergency Management Team continues to prepare in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy. Every effort will be made to update this alert during this emergency. *** Alternatively, emergency announcements will be available at 908 852-9333 extension 39 which will be updated if possible - please do not leave a message on this extension - messages may be left on extensions 10 or 11 or 18 if necessary - these will be checked regularly if possible. *** Please see below for various additional sources of information you may use during this potential emergency. Click here for the Green Township website.
Hardyston Township: All township offices and the Littell Center will be closed on Monday, October 29. The township has posted on its website for residents to make preparations, and only has information provided by the National Weather Service. Up to date information and closures will be on the Hardyston Police Department Facebook Page, and, the township will update its website as often as possible. If emergency shelters are required, the Township Office of Emergency Management will coordinate, and, the Hardyston Township Police Department will have shelter information at: (973) 823-7022. Click here for the Hardyston Township website, and the Hardyston Township Police Facebook Page.
Town of Newton: Recycling pickup has been cancelled for Tuesday, October 30. The town's municipal building will be closed Monday and Tuesday. Click here for updates from the Town of Newton.
Sandyston Township: The township posted information about hurricane safety, outage information, and more on its website. The township also announced, “Residents should prepare for the possibility of outages lasting 7 to 10 days High winds could prolong restoration efforts. Critical care and well water customers should review their individual and local emergency plans for this event
JCP&L will coordinate priorities through the County Offices of Emergency Management Customers must report outages for JCP&L to know they are out of power.” The township also posted the following, on behalf of the Sandyston Township Fire Department: “Over the last few days, the Sandyston Fire Department has been preparing for the upcoming storm. We will be available for the duration of the storm to assist our residents. Please - - avoid driving around if at all possible and stay safe. We will do our best to respond - but remember the safety of you and your family comes first! Stay clear from downed trees and power wires and please do not attempt to drive through standing water. If you have any emergencies do not hesitate to call 911.” Click here for full information on Sandyston Township’s website.
Sparta Township: All township offices will be closed on Monday, October 29. Click here for more information from the township.
Vernon Township: The municipal building will be closed on Monday, October 29. Click here for the township’s website.
For previous stories about the storm posted on The Alternative Press, click the following:
Click here for continuing coverage of Hurricane Sandy by The Alternative Press, and, click here for news and updates on The Alternative Press of Sussex County’s Facebook Page.