JUNE 28, 2015
Dear East Greenwich Residents,
Here is the latest update on the recovery efforts from this disaster. Currently, we have 70% of electric restored throughout the township. The last 30% which consist of the general location surrounding Cohawkin Rd, Democrat Rd and the Clarksboro area. These were some of the hardest hit areas in our Township. Additional crews from Atlantic City Electric are due here today and ACE has a goal that 100% of their customers will have power restored by midnight on Monday. However, realistically there will still be pockets of outages into Tuesday. We are continuing to monitor the progress and we are in constant contact with officials from ACE. Deputy Mayor and I have adamantly voiced our opinion with the ACE officials on the unsatisfactory response level that we have received. Road closures should be minimal by the end of the day today. We are also currently coordinating brush removal throughout the Township.
As of today, Deputy Mayor and I will continue operations in our command center. If you have a non-emergent need, please call the Communications Center at 856-224-8251.
In addition, we also need assistance from our residents in sending us photos of any damage in your neighborhood so that we can compile a photo album and send them to the county OEM director, NJ Incident Management and FEMA. Please forward them to our OEM Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday June 30th.
The safety of our residents is our primary concern. Therefore we have deployed variable message boards to remind our residents and motorists that downed electrical wires may still be energized. We have also increased police patrols throughout our neighborhoods and Township. In addition, we have also included the following safety tips regarding Food Safety during an emergency.
- Never taste a food to determine its safety!
- Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.
- The refrigerator will keep food safely cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full and the door remains closed).
- Food may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40 degrees F or below.
- Obtain ice or dry ice to keep your refrigerator and freezer as cold as possible if the power is going out for a prolonged period of time.
- If the power has been out for several days, then check the temperature of the freezer with a thermometer. If the food still contains ice crystals or is at 40 F or below, the food is safe.
- Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, soft cheeses, milk, eggs, leftovers, and deli items after 4 hours without power.
When in Doubt, Throw it Out!
FEMA and the NJ State Police toured our Township yesterday to assess the destruction from the recent severe storm. I have been working directly with State Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assemblyman John Burzichelli, Congressmen LoBiondo and Norcross to allocate funds for East Greenwich. Unfortunately, the Governor’s office has been non responsive to all the pleas for assistance and support from the State. Rest assured, they are well aware of my requests and demands for assistance for our Township.
Trash will continue to be collected today at the new location, which is our Public Works Garage on Wolfert Station Road. Again, household waste is only being accepted. Trash collection will start again on a regular schedule starting on Monday.
I just want to take a moment to thank our Township Public works, Police, Fire Dept, all surrounding towns that helped out, State Police, Sherriff’s Dept, our OEM team and countless others who helped, offered support and assisted during this storm.
The Deputy Mayor and I toured the Township yesterday speaking to so many residents. This storm was epic and everyone who experienced this storm has a story to tell. The acts of heroism, fear and possibility of losing a life will forever be embedded in the soul of this Township. After speaking to some of our residents that had sustained severe damage to their homes, residents who are going to lose their homes, as well as landscapes that will never be the same again; it made me reflect upon the important things in our lives and how we should be thankful that there was no loss of life. The random acts of kindness that I have seen firsthand from offering generators to those in need, helping out our neighbors with tree removal, using private property for vehicles to elude a detour, as well as kids that made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for our Police and Township workers, are direct reflections upon the core values of our residents. The past six days have been difficult to say the least. At the end of the day, we are East Greenwich and we are East Greenwich Strong!
Please be safe, please take care of your family and neighbors and please be patient.
Dale L. Archer