Today our Director of the Office of Emergency Management and myself have signed an Emergency Proclamation declaring that a local disaster emergency exists within the Borough of Garwood and that the entire borough is designated an emergency area. Therefore we declare that the following regulations shall be effective immediately in addition to all other laws of the State of NJ, County of Union and the Borough of Garwood:
1) All non-essential motor vehicle traffic is prohibited from local roads and streets to facilitate safety measures
2) Curfew – all nonessential pedestrian movement throughout the borough from 9:00 PM, 10/29/2012 for the duration of the storm is not permitted.
3) Parked vehicles may be towed if deemed necessary by the Garwood Police Department. Steps will be made to notify the owner prior to tow.
From latest Governor to Mayor’s conference:
According to the National Weather Service we are in the worst case scenario, storm is expected to make landfall earlier than expected, winds will be gusting at 80MPH inland, expected prolonged power outages will result. Though repair crews are here in NJ they will not make repairs if winds exceed 40MPH as it is too unsafe for the workers. High tides are expected to create substantial flooding in and around areas of electrical substations, PSE&G will be using portable transformers. But not able to supply our usual supply of electricity. The storm will not be out of the area till late Tuesday early Wednesday, so the governor has asked that residents be prepared for outages and to be patient. The NJ National Guard has been activated (2000 statewide) to shelters and will be using high water vehicles where necessary.
Residents are reminded to stay indoors and out of harm’s way. Emergency vehicles will be stationed on both the North and South sides and the necessary equipment to keep the underpass clear has been secured.