Christie Administration Monitoring Mid-Atlantic Coastal Storm
NJ Office of Emergency Management Closely Watching Conditions Expected to Impact the Garden State Tonight into Friday Morning – State EOC Will Activate
WEST TRENTON N.J. – The NJ Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) is monitoring a coastal storm expected to impact the State tonight into Friday morning, bringing with it heavy rain, high winds, coastal flooding and snow in some areas. Governor Chris Christie has ordered the activation of the State Emergency Operations Center at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow.
“We face changing conditions starting tonight,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, State Police Superintendent and Director of the NJ Office of Emergency Management. “We are closely monitoring the situation with our partners from the National Weather Service and the County Offices of Emergency Management. Be especially careful if you are on the road; there is a potential for snow and slippery conditions. We also remind drivers not to drive through ponded or standing water, on road impacted by heavy rain. Those who live in coastal communities should be aware of the potential for high winds and flooding, and follow instructions if given by local emergency officials.”
The NJOEM offers a number of ways to maintain situational awareness about severe weather events:
On the Web – Use credible websites to get information about natural hazards and emergency preparedness. The NJOEM works closely with the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center regarding storm predictions and forecasts.
NIXLE – New Jersey residents can register to receive messages by sending a text message with their zip code to 888777 (data rates may apply depending on your plan). Online registration is also available at www.nixle.com.
NJ Alert – NJ Alert is a free, voluntary and confidential emergency alerting system that allows NJ Office of Emergency Management officials to send E-mail or text messages to cell phones, and other email enabled devices during an emergency event. Sign up for NJ Alert by logging on to: www.njalert.gov.
NOAA Weather Radio – is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service Office. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. NOAA Weather Radios are typically inexpensive, easily available in stores and can often be programmed for your specific area.
Traditional Media – Continue to monitor traditional media sources – TV, newspapers and radio – to stay informed of breaking news and continued coverage of emergency events.
The NJOEM encourages all NJ residents to become “a force of nature” during Severe Weather Preparedness Week.