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June 19, 2013

FEMA Releases Updates to Preliminary Flood Work Maps Which Includes Hoboken

Attention Hoboken residents and prospective buyers. FEMA has recently updated their preliminary flood maps for four counties in the New Jersey area and this includes Hudson County of which Hoboken is a part of. FEMA released this statement on June 17, 2013:

FEMA Releases Preliminary Work Maps

for Four New Jersey Counties

“The Federal Emergency Management Agency is releasing preliminary work maps for four New Jersey counties heavily impacted by Superstorm Sandy – Hudson, Monmouth, Ocean and Atlantic.

The preliminary work maps for those counties will replace the Advisory Base Flood Elevation maps because they reflect a more precise modeling analysis of current flood hazards, including wave analysis, and a more detailed study of other specific conditions that could affect flood risk.

FEMA is working closely with New Jersey’s local and state officials to provide the most accurate updated flood risk information to those individuals who need it as they make decisions about rebuilding their homes.

Revision of these maps is an ongoing process leading to the final Flood Insurance Rate Maps. The final maps will incorporate previous data and add more details about specific flood risk conditions in communities throughout the state, with a priority placed on those in coastal areas facing the highest risk.

Before Superstorm Sandy struck, FEMA was in the process of updating flood hazard maps for
the New Jersey coast.

Soon after Sandy, FEMA released Advisory Base Flood Elevations which incorporated much of
the information contained in the study already under way.

Because Sandy had reshaped the coastline, not all the earlier information was applicable. The Advisory Base Flood Elevations represented the best information available at the time, and served as a guide for those who wanted to rebuild as soon as possible.

Additional information about the coastal mapping efforts and Hurricane Sandy recovery can be found on the Region 2 Coastal Analysis Mapping website: http://www.region2coastal.com.

At one point Hoboken and surrounding areas had been categorized as having much it in a category V Flood Zone which would have substantially  increased flood insurance rates. It appears that some amount of political pressure was applied to reduce the number of areas in category V flood zones including the interior of Hoboken. A quick look at the map and just about everything West of Washington Street is in a flood zone which is consistent with what happened during Hurricane Sandy. ” – End of FEMA release

The revised maps are based on a 100-year storm (i.e. a storm with a 1% chance of occurring each year), are only the latest iteration in the agency’s ongoing process of creating final Flood Insurance Rate Maps. This is something to be mindful of when purchasing a brownstone or condo in Hoboken.

Hoboken FEMA Updated Flood Map

Link to updated FEMA maps: http://fema.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=2f0a884bfb434d76af8c15c26541a545


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June 6, 2013

City of Hoboken – Discounted Parking Available Due to Flash Flood Watch

Here is the latest update from the City of Hoboken due to the possibility of flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea….

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT

AND DISCOUNTED GARAGE PARKING AVAILABLE

Hoboken Storm Flood ZonesThe remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea are currently forecast to reach our area on Friday. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon. Rainfall rates could reach between 1 and 2 inches per hour and total up to 4 inches or more.

The City of Hoboken is taking preparations including activating the Office of Emergency Management and Community Emergency Response Team and coordinating with North Hudson Sewerage Authority. Barricades will be pre-positioned to close streets as necessary.

Residents are advised to closely monitor the storm and make appropriate preparations, including moving their vehicles from flood-prone streets. Although the exact timing and intensity of the storm is not known, if heavy rain beyond the capacity of Hoboken’s flood pump occurs during high tide, flooding is expected.

Due to the potential for flooding, the City of Hoboken is providing reduced rate parking in municipal Garage B (located on 2nd Street between Hudson and River Streets) and Garage D (215 Hudson Street) beginning Friday, June 7 at 8am through noon on Saturday, June 8th for $5 for residents who reside in flood prone areas and have a valid Resident parking permit or Temporary parking permit placard.

In addition, various privately-operated parking garages are available including:

  • Central Parking (50 Bloomfield St)
  • Central Parking (77 Park Ave)
  • Central Parking Systems (1 Washington St)
  • Central Parking Systems (50 Bloomfield St)
  • Propark America (1125 Maxwell Ln)
  • Propark America (1450 Bloomfield St)
  • Sylvan Parking (800 Jefferson St)
  • Sylvan Sky Garage LLC (125 Marshall St)
  • Sylvan Sky Garage (700 1st St)
  • SJP Garage (111 River St)
  • Newport Mall Parking Garages – Main/West Garage, North Garage, South Garage (49 Mall Drive West, Jersey City)

Residents who have a Resident parking permit or Temporary parking permit are reminded that overnight parking from 8pm to 8am is available every day in Municipal Garages B, D (215 Hudson St), and Midtown (371 4th St) for $5.

A map of flood-prone areas and additional information is available on the City website: www.hobokennj.org/flooding.

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May 15, 2013

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer Announces Infrastructure Initiatives to Address Flooding Water and Power Systems

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Flooding,Hoboken — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 1:10 PM

Last month there were a bunch of water main breaks in Hoboken that brought attention to its aging infrasturture. Here are the latest developments from the desk of the Mayor that will hopefully be able to improve this problem…

MAYOR ZIMMER ANNOUNCES INFRASTRUCTURE INITIATIVES

TO ADDRESS FLOODING, WATER & POWER SYSTEMS

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Mayor Dawn Zimmer was joined by officials from North Hudson Sewerage Authority and United Water today to announce major initiatives to upgrade Hoboken’s infrastructure and address flooding, water distribution, and power resiliency.

Mayor Zimmer announced a partnership with North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA) to build Hoboken’s second wet weather flood pump in order to further alleviate Hoboken’s 200 year flooding problem. The City and NHSA will work together to apply for a low interest $9 million loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust. The City would pay for and own the pump, while NHSA has agreed to pay for the engineering, permitting, loan application preparation, and operations and maintenance, a contribution estimated at nearly $5 million over 20 years. The pump, with a capacity of 50 million gallons per day, would further alleviate flooding in Western Hoboken.

The City has reached an agreement with United Water through which the water utility will pay for the costs of conducting a complete master plan of Hoboken’s water distribution infrastructure. The plan will provide a prioritized schedule for upgrading the City’s water distribution system. In order to fund these capital improvements, the City is also in the process of renegotiating the existing agreement with United Water – a 30 year agreement that was entered into in 1994 which did not provide any planning or funding for non-emergency infrastructure upgrades.

To improve the City’s resiliency to power outages, the City of Hoboken is entering into a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories, and PSE&G to design an energy resilient “smart grid.” The design methodology uses advanced, smart grid technologies and distributed and renewable generation and storage resources as a way to improve the reliability, security, and resiliency of the electric grid. The City of Hoboken will be one of the first non-military applications of this methodology from Sandia National Laboratories.

Flooding:

Flooding remains one of Hoboken’s historic challenges. Parts of the city, which were previously tidal marshes, still lie below the level of the Hudson River at high tide. As a result, when strong storms occur at high tide, the water cannot drain into the river by gravity, and it backs up, flooding streets. To alleviate the flooding, the stormwater must either be prevented from entering the sewer system or pumped out more quickly than it enters.

The City is pursuing both approaches – through the installation of additional pumps and through “green” technologies to divert, capture and store stormwater. In addition to pursuing the installation of the second flood pump, the City is supporting the North Hudson Sewerage Authority’s Hazard Mitigation funding application for additional pumps. The City has also submitted its own grant applications for Hazard Mitigation funds to acquire land for three parks in western Hoboken. Hoboken was awarded a technical assistance grant to study the feasibility of building large underground detention basins under these parks to store stormwater runoff. Similarly, Mayor Zimmer has suggested to NJ Transit that the agency consider converting the Long Slip Canal just south of Hoboken Terminal into an additional stormwater detention system.

During Hurricane Sandy, Hoboken flooded because the storm surge caused the Hudson River to flow into the City from low lying areas in the south, including through the Long Slip Canal, and from the north. The City has applied for $44 million in Hazard Mitigation funding for a system of flood barriers, berms and gates at the north and south to protect the city from future tidal surges. The City is working to have its plan incorporated into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regional study. If a flood protection plan receives the approval of the Army Corps and the City is designated a “Shaded X” area, property owners in that area will no longer be required to purchase flood insurance.

Hoboken was one of three recipients of a grant from Together North Jersey for technical assistance to develop a Green Infrastructure Strategic Plan. The plan will develop stormwater management and flood control strategies, strategize key updates to the aging water system, look for ways to improve the resiliency of transit infrastructure, and identify important steps to help plan for climate adaptation. Through the Planning Board and input from the public, the City is developing a sustainability plan (Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Plan Element of the Master Plan) that will provide guidance for stormwater management, utilities, infrastructure and other sustainability priorities.

In addition to applying for funding that would enable the City to create detention systems under newly purchased open space, the City is pursuing a variety of other green initiatives to address flooding. Hoboken was recently awarded a grant to install rain garden curb extensions to capture stormwater runoff and has incorporated rain gardens in designs of new parks. The City legalized the use of rain barrels in 2011 and has required the use of green roofs in redevelopment areas to minimize runoff. The Shade Tree Commission completed a pilot program to expand tree pits and install new street trees along Washington Street between 1stStreet and 2nd Street, setting standards for other property owners. The Commission will launch a program to encourage more property owners to install street trees, which play an important role in reducing stormwater runoff.

Power:

The City has applied for approximately $2 million in Hazard Mitigation grants to install permanent emergency backup generators at critical community facilities including the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps, City Hall, Fire Headquarters and stations, Police Headquarters, the Public Works Garage, Multi-Service Center, Wallace School (shelter), and radio repeaters for the Police and Fire Departments. The City strongly supports PSE&G’s proposal to consolidate Hoboken’s three substations into two and to elevate and protect the remaining two substations from flooding.

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May 9, 2013

Hoboken Flood Mitigation Solutions from QLC Hoboken

Filed under: Flooding,floods,Hoboken — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 12:25 PM
The QLC’s Committee for a Green Hoboken http://www.qlchoboken.org   has sent out his informative email to remind Hoboken resident as to what they can do to help flood mitigation efforts in Hoboken.
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Well, it’s springtime in Hoboken which means beautiful weather….followed by flooding.  This morning we got a reminder that there is still a lot of work to be done.  Attached and below are tips to prevent and deal with flooding at your home and business:

How to prevent and/or contain flooding on your property:

Make sure you have a sump pump installed and tested to ensure it is working properly.

  • For a typical single family to 4-unit building, the pump should be sized for at least 3,600 gallons per hour.
  • Consider a battery-operated backup, in case of a power failure. Installing a water alarm will also let you know if water is accumulating in your basement.

Make sure you have a spare, portable sump pump on hand for when flooding does occur.

  • 3,600 gallon per hour pumps are available at most local hardware & plumbing stores, Home Depot, Lowes and Grainger for approximately $150.00.
  • Be sure to include a hose and an electrical extension cord for an additional $20.00.

Important Note: Do not leave the electrical connection outdoors, submerged in water or exposed to moisture.

Install a back flow preventer (aka check valve) on your sewer line before it enters your building.

  • Cast Iron is recommend and available from most local plumbing supply stores, Home Depot, Lowes and Grainger for approximately $199.99
  • PVC is lower cost option at approximately $59.99, although not as durable as cast iron.
  • Be sure to use a licensed plumber and have the plumber obtain the necessary permit from the Hoboken Construction Office, located on the ground floor of city hall.  Including permits, installation should cost approximately $300.00 to $550.00 above the cost of the device, but is well worth the investment.

A cleanout access door must be installed adjacent to the backflow preventer and checked at least everything three (3) months to prevent blockages (i.e. toilet papers and other debris).

Have sand bags (aka tube sand, mason sand, etc.) on hand and ready to create a flood barrier around your property.  Sand bags are available at Home Depot and Lowes for approximately $3.99 per 50 pound bag.

  • Be sure not to located sand bag barriers against doors which are used as a means of egress.

Have removable flood gates on hand, preferably installed prior to the storm, to prevent floor waters from infiltrating your property.

  • Gates can be ordered from local door & hardware stores, starting at approximately $250.
  • Be sure not to block means of egress from the building.

Raise your electrical components (switches, sockets, circuit breakers, and wiring) at least 12 inches above your home’s projected flood elevation.  In basements, consider installing electrical equipment 48” above the floor.

Place the furnace, water heater, washer, and dryer on cement blocks at least 12 inches from your home’s projected flood elevation.

Replace existing concrete in front of your building by installing a tree pit.  The pit will allow storm water to be naturally absorbed by the soil and tree, and remove ease the burden on the sewer system.

  • Total cost should be approximately $350 to $500 using a local, professional landscaper.
  • The pit should be 5’ x 5’ and no less than 3’ x 3’ to allow the tree roots to establish and grow, but must still allow a 3’ to 6’ path for pedestrians.
  • A permit can be obtained by simply faxing or hand delivering the completed one (1) page permit application to the Department of Environmental Services.  A permit is normally granted within 48 hours.
  • Tree permits can be download at: http://www.hobokennj.org/docs/board/stc/HPU_Tree_Permit_2011-10.pdf

Install a rain barrel to collect run off from your roof (minimum 50 gallons).  The water can be held until the storm subsides, and/or used later for irrigation.

  • A variety of rain barrels are available at Home Depot, Lowes and online.
  • The prices will range from approximately $50 to $350 depending on size and aesthetic look.
  • Be sure to install a filter to prevent mosquitos from entering the barrel and laying eggs.
  • Adding certain fish, such as goldfish, to open rain barrels will eliminate new mosquito eggs from hatching (the fish eat them) and provides a nice outdoor feature.
  • Also be sure to empty and disconnect your barrel in the winter to prevent damage from freezing.

Install a drywell.

  • Pipe your roof gutter and drainage system to a drywell, which will then overflow to the sewer system.  While the cost is significantly higher than a rain barrel (typically starting at $1,000), a drywell will hold hundreds to thousands of gallons and allow the stormwater to naturally infiltrate the soil.

Minimize water use during intense storms; if the sewer is overflowing the water will not be able to leave your building and will most likely result in a flood.

Install low flow fixtures to reduce the amount of water being added to the overburdened sewer system, for example:

  • Dual flush toilets, or toilets with a maximum flow rate of 1.28 gallons per flush.
  • Bathroom faucets with 0.5 gallon per minute aerator.
  • Kitchen faucets with maximum 1.5 gallon per minute
  • Showerheads with a maximum 1.75 gallons per minute.
  • EnergyStar rated and/or front loading washing machines.
  • EnergsStar rated dishwashers.

Replace your sidewalk and driveways with pervious pavement, which allows water to infiltrate naturally into the soil below.

  • The approximate cost will be between $6 and $25 per square foot, depending on product type and aesthetics.
  • There are lower cost options available such as Grasspaver® and Driveable Grass® which can be planted to add a splash of color; the vegetation will also provide a cooling effect in the summer.  Be sure to plant low maintenance sedums which do not require cutting and can stand up to foot traffic.

Install a green roof (aka vegetated roof).

  • New construction or renovation projects should include adding minimum of 4” soil and low maintenance sedum to the roof, which will absorb stormwater and slowly evaporate back to the atmosphere.  This not only keeps the rain out of the sewer, but helps insulate your building, prolongs the life of the roof membrane and provides a cooling effect in the summer.
  • Existing buildings should look at lightweight green roof systems, such as GaiaSoil.
  • The installed cost will be approximately $6 to $30 per square foot, depending on soil depth and plant variety.

Install ground level landscaping.

  • Replacing any hardscape (stone, concrete, asphalt, etc) with vegetation and soil will absorb stormwater and ease the burden on the sewer system during intense storms.

When cleaning up after the flood:

  • Be sure to mop up and wash down any affected surfaces using bleach, antimicrobial soap or other disinfectant.
  • Open windows and set up blower fans to accelerate the drying process.
  • Open up any drywalled areas to allow the wall cavities to properly dry out.
  • Any materials that have been wet for more than 24 to 48 hours after the flood are at a high risk of growing mold and should be treated by a mold specialist or discarded.
  • Contact a local Certified Industrial Hygeniest to test the air and surfaces for E. Coli, mold and other dangerous pathogens.
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April 15, 2013

FBW’s first event in a series on storm mitigation in Hoboken to open on April 18 7-10pm

The Fund for a Better Waterfront is introducing the first of a series of events regarding flood mitigation in Hoboken in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy…

FBW’s first event in a series on storm mitigation to open on April 18

Reception: Thursday, April 18 – 7 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Exhibit: Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Proto Gallery, 66 Willow Avenue, Hoboken, New Jersey

FBW The Next Storm Hoboken 4-18-2013The Fund for a Better Waterfront is organizing a series of events, The Storm Next Time: Will Hoboken Be Ready?, designed to provide Hoboken’s residents with on-going access to current information on the scope of the problem and the progress we’re making toward creating and implementing cost-effective solutions.

The first event of the series titled, “Defining the Problem” will take place at the Proto Gallery, 66 Willow Avenue in Hoboken. The event opens with a reception and presentation on Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. Following is a 3-day exhibit running from Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday night, several people will tell their personal stories of how they were impacted by superstorm Sandy. The exhibit will display flood maps that demonstrate the impact of various flooding scenarios on Hoboken. In addition, the gallery will showcase possible prevention and mitigation solutions used to protect low-lying areas around the world.

The exhibit will conclude on Sunday, April 21 with a screening of The Big Uneasy, a film that documents the events that led to the tragic flooding in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. The film will be shown at 4:00 p.m.

Super-storm Sandy flooded 70% of Hoboken’s landmass. By the time it reached our shores, it had been downgraded to a tropical storm. Imagine the amount of damage and flooding had Sandy, upon landfall, remained a category 1 or category 2 hurricane or worse.

As Sandy demonstrated, Hoboken is frighteningly vulnerable to significant rain and wind driven storms. We are afflicted with low elevations, antiquated infrastructure and proximity to the sea. Add to that the scientific consensus that climate change will continue to produce rising sea levels and extreme weather events of increasing frequency.

Upcoming events that will be part of this series will focus on solutions in New Orleans, the Netherlands, New York City and elsewhere with panels of the world’s leading experts.

The event, catered by Zafra Kitchens, is free and open to the public. RSVP to attend the reception on Thursday, April 18 at fbw@betterwaterfront.org.

For more information go to www.betterwaterfront.org.

 

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October 29, 2012

Video– Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken This Morning

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Below is a short video of the high water and flooding along Hoboken’s Waterfront from Sinatra Park down to the Lackawanna Terminal. This video was shto between 9-10am this morning. The next high tide will be after 8pm tonight….

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October 28, 2012

City of Hoboken–Residents Urged to Make Final Preparations for Hurricane Sandy

The Latest from the City of Hoboken on Hurricane Sandy…..

RESIDENTS URGED TO MAKE FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR HURRICANE SANDY

Hurricane Sandy - 10-28-2012

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 at www.hobokennj.org/sandy.

Evacuation

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.

Shelter

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.

Garbage Pickup

Regular garbage pickup will occur on Sunday night. Please promptly bring trash bins indoors after pickup has occurred.

Parking Information

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.

Flooding

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.

Be prepared

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.

Public Transportation

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 system-wide cross-honoring starting at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, October 29 and continuing through 6 a.m. Wednesday, October 31.

Government Offices

All City of Hoboken government buildings will be open on Monday, October 29, 2012.

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October 26, 2012

City of Hoboken Advises Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Sandy and Seeks Volunteers

The latest update from the City of Hoboken on possible Hurricane Irene. The City is taking no chances and asking residents to be prepared…

HOBOKEN ADVISES RESIDENTS TO PREPARE FOR HURRICANE SANDY AND SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

Hurricane Sandy - City of Hoboken 10-26-2012

The City of Hoboken is asking residents to take steps to prepare for the potential for severe weather as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

“At this time, we are working with all departments and agencies to monitor conditions and prepare for the worst, and we are asking residents to do the same,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We will continue to monitor weather conditions during the weekend and implement our plans as needed.”

Information related to Hurricane Sandy and other important relevant resources are available on the City website at www.hobokennj.org/sandy.

Residents who live in ground floor units in low-lying areas of the City are asked to consider potential evacuation plans in case an evacuation is deemed necessary. At this time, no evacuation orders have been issued. Plans are in place if needed, to open a shelter at the Wallace School and a backup shelter at the High School.

FEMA advises residents to take the time now to put together a family emergency plan and emergency kit (http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit). Some of the items in a basic emergency kit include: one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation; at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food; battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio; flashlight and extra batteries; and First Aid kit. Having a kit can help you weather the storm.

Due to the possibility for strong winds, the City will be bringing trash cans indoors. Residents are asked bring inside or tie down any patio furniture, flower pots, toys, and other loose items they may have outside. Contractors should secure construction sites.

Flooding is possible, so cars parked on-street should be moved out of flood-prone areas. Depending on storm conditions, the City may offer discounted parking in municipal Garage B on a first-come first-served basis to residents with valid parking permits. If so, details will be announced on the City website.

Volunteer Information Sessions & Community Outreach

The City and its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) seek additional volunteers to help prepare for the storm by distributing information to seniors and Housing Authority residents on Saturday and learn about how to potentially staff an emergency shelter and call center, depending on the severity of the storm.   

Information Sessions & Community Outreach:

  • Saturday, 11:00 am -  221 Jackson Street Community Room
  • Sunday, 11:00 am – City Hall Council Chambers
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Hurricane Sandy – Could it be a “Frankenstorm” for Hoboken? – Best to be Prepared

Here are what some of the meteorologists over at the Weather Channel are saying about the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy which is forecast to start having an impact in our area around Monday October 29th or so…

“We looking at one of the worst storms on record that we’ve seen in this region”

- Carl Parker, hurricane specialist for The Weather Channel

The resulting storm “will be like a nor’easter with a hurricane embedded in it.”

- Bryan Norcross, hurricane specialist for The Weather Channel

“It’s looking like a very serious storm that could be historic. Mother Nature is not saying, ‘Trick or treat.’ It’s just going to give tricks.”

- Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the forecasting service Weather Underground

“We don’t have many modern precedents for what the models are suggesting.”

- Jim Cisco – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecaster , who coined the nickname “Frankenstorm”

These quotes indicate a consensus amongst meteorologists that this will be one heck of a storm. Whatever the final result turns out to be you can bet Hoboken and the NYC metropolitan area is likely to be impacted by this potentially colossal storm.  Last year’s Hurricane Irene which turned out to ultimately be less than the worst case scenario, still had parts of Hoboken severely impacted by the flooding.  Flooding and downed trees are perhaps the most likely outcome for Hoboken this time around with the possibility of power outages as well.

Hoboken now has a new pump located downtown at the intersection of Observer Highway and Washington Street. If we do indeed get heavy rain the pump will certainly help but will probably not prevent all the flooding if the rate of rainfall is too high, especially at high tide. Thus, just like last year with Hurricane Irene, some level of preparation can’t hurt in case this storm does hit the area hard. That is what The Boken recommends, preparation not panic.

 

 

 

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City of Hoboken Preparing for Hurricane Sandy

Last year, Hoboken was hit hard by Hurricane Irene. This year Hurricane Sandy. Perhaps nothing worse than the wrath of Mother Nature in a storm system named after a Grease Musical protagonist. While currently projections find it unlikely that the hurricane would hit Hoboken with Hurricane force winds, the forecast models indicate the potential for several days of hard rain and strong winds which leads to flooding. Couple that with a full moon lunar cycle and this is definitely a storm to prepare for. Below is the City of Hoboken’s update…..

HOBOKEN PREPARES FOR HURRICANE SANDY

Hurricane Sandy Predicted Path – Courtesy of the National Weather Service

There is a growing possibility that Hoboken and the region could be impacted by a very major storm early next week as Hurricane Sandy continues north. More than 6 inches of rain and hurricane force winds may occur, with the possibility of record flooding.

“Just as with Hurricane Irene, we are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Most importantly, we want residents to remain alert and take steps to prepare themselves.”

Residents who do not have a land line or have not received emergency notifications in the past are urged to sign up for the City’s Reverse 911 system by visiting www.hobokennj.org/emergency. Residents may also sign up for non-emergency related alerts at www.hobokennj.org/alerts.

The City has plans in place for a shelter and emergency operations center if necessary. Barricades will be pre-positioned if needed to close off streets and “No Parking” signs posted in the most flood-prone areas. North Hudson Sewerage Authority has been clearing out catch basins.

A flood pump is operational, but very heavy rain can still result in flooding. As a result, residents who park on-street are strongly urged to avoid flood-prone areas. Due to the possibility of very strong winds, residents and businesses are asked to bring in unsecured objects from patios and balconies and secure outdoor objects such as lawn furniture or garbage cans that could blow away and cause damage or injury.

FEMA advises residents to take the time now to put together a family emergency plan and emergency kit. Some of the items in a basic emergency kit include: one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation; at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food; battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio; flashlight and extra batteries; and First Aid kit. Having a kit can help you weather the storm.

For updates, visit www.hobokennj.org or sign up for email or text alerts at www.hobokennj.org/alerts.

 

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