Drive Safe on Flooded Roads

Hamilton, NJ  – With heavy rains, the threat of flooding is predicted and AAA Mid-Atlantic warns drivers to be careful on the roads.

  • http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=PAZ070&warncounty=PAC045&firewxzone=PAZ070&local_place1=&product1=Flood+Watch#.U2AIQqLTmSo Flood Watch in effect from Midnight tonight through Thursday morning
  • The National Weather Service http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=40.21704922200047&lon=-74.74293553699965&site=all&smap=1″ predicts more than 4” of rain in NJ and other parts of the Mid-Atlantic region
  • Moderate flooding is expected along the coastal areas & the Millstone River in Blackwells Mills, NJ (Central Jersey area)
  • Minor flooding along numerous rivers and creeks throughout the Mid-Atlantic region in PA, NJ and Delaware.
    • Do not attempt to drive through flooded roads.  Just a few inches of water can turn your vehicle into a boat, and could put your life, and the lives of those around you, at great risk. There is also a danger of asphyxiation if your tailpipe becomes filled with water.  Turn around; find another way to get to your destination.  Pull over to a safe location if needed.
    • Slow down and increase following distances. Speed limits are set for ideal road conditions. When it rains, visibility is reduced and braking distances increase.
    • Slowing down in the rain also minimizes car repairs.  Many motorists try to move fast through driveable puddles, but it’s actually better for your car if you go slowly.  Driving fast can force the water to splash up into your car’s undercarriage and cause damage.  Your vehicle could suffer electrical problems and other issues caused by water damage – and many of the repairs involve SUV’s because people mistakenly think they are safe to drive through standing water.
    • When driving on pothole-filled roads, hold the steering wheel firmly to avoid losing control.
    • Watch out for hydroplaning. No car is immune from hydroplaning on wet surfaces, including four-wheel drive vehicles.
    • Alert drivers behind you that you’re slowing with your brake lights. Without anti-lock brakes, squeeze the brakes until they are about to lock up and then release. With anti-lock brakes, use the same move – but don’t pump the brakes, which would work against the operation of the ABS system. Slow down as you approach a pothole.  
    • Fumes and oil leaks that build up on dry pavement rise to the surface of the road when it rains, making the road far slicker than it may seem.
    • Remember, it’s the law in New Jersey to turn your headlights on if your windshield wipers are in use. 
    • Buckle up, slow down, and keep a safe distance from the car in front of you. 
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYPLUryvX5U See a video

See a detailed briefing and rainfall forecast maps from the National Weather Service: http://www.weather.gov/media/marfc/Briefings/briefing.pdf  

AAA Mid-Atlantic recommends the following precautions for navigating in heavy rain, reduced visibility and slick pavement:

Drive Safe on Flooded Roads

Hamilton, NJ  – With heavy rains, the threat of flooding is predicted and AAA Mid-Atlantic warns drivers to be careful on the roads.

  • http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=PAZ070&warncounty=PAC045&firewxzone=PAZ070&local_place1=&product1=Flood+Watch#.U2AIQqLTmSo Flood Watch in effect from Midnight tonight through Thursday morning
  • The National Weather Service http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=40.21704922200047&lon=-74.74293553699965&site=all&smap=1″ predicts more than 4” of rain in NJ and other parts of the Mid-Atlantic region
  • Moderate flooding is expected along the coastal areas & the Millstone River in Blackwells Mills, NJ (Central Jersey area)
  • Minor flooding along numerous rivers and creeks throughout the Mid-Atlantic region in PA, NJ and Delaware.
    • Do not attempt to drive through flooded roads.  Just a few inches of water can turn your vehicle into a boat, and could put your life, and the lives of those around you, at great risk. There is also a danger of asphyxiation if your tailpipe becomes filled with water.  Turn around; find another way to get to your destination.  Pull over to a safe location if needed.
    • Slow down and increase following distances. Speed limits are set for ideal road conditions. When it rains, visibility is reduced and braking distances increase.
    • Slowing down in the rain also minimizes car repairs.  Many motorists try to move fast through driveable puddles, but it’s actually better for your car if you go slowly.  Driving fast can force the water to splash up into your car’s undercarriage and cause damage.  Your vehicle could suffer electrical problems and other issues caused by water damage – and many of the repairs involve SUV’s because people mistakenly think they are safe to drive through standing water.
    • When driving on pothole-filled roads, hold the steering wheel firmly to avoid losing control.
    • Watch out for hydroplaning. No car is immune from hydroplaning on wet surfaces, including four-wheel drive vehicles.
    • Alert drivers behind you that you’re slowing with your brake lights. Without anti-lock brakes, squeeze the brakes until they are about to lock up and then release. With anti-lock brakes, use the same move – but don’t pump the brakes, which would work against the operation of the ABS system. Slow down as you approach a pothole.  
    • Fumes and oil leaks that build up on dry pavement rise to the surface of the road when it rains, making the road far slicker than it may seem.
    • Remember, it’s the law in New Jersey to turn your headlights on if your windshield wipers are in use. 
    • Buckle up, slow down, and keep a safe distance from the car in front of you. 
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYPLUryvX5U See a video

See a detailed briefing and rainfall forecast maps from the National Weather Service: http://www.weather.gov/media/marfc/Briefings/briefing.pdf  

AAA Mid-Atlantic recommends the following precautions for navigating in heavy rain, reduced visibility and slick pavement:

Outdoor Adventure Expo Features Children’s Fishing Derby

mcps fishing derbyPICTURED – The Children’s Fishing Derby will once again be part of the Monmouth County Park System’s Outdoor Adventure Expo.

FREEHOLD-  Bring your pole and bait and head over to the Children’s Fishing Derby from 12noon-2pm on Sunday, May 18 at Turkey Swamp Park, Georgia Road, Freehold.  Besides being fun, the Children’s Fishing Derby also teaches good fishing etiquette.  Please remember that ages 16 and older require a New Jersey fishing license.  The Children’s Fishing Derby is just one portion of the Monmouth County Park System’s Outdoor Adventure Expo.  Held from 11am-5pm, this event highlights outdoor recreation opportunities available in the area through free lectures, demonstrations, mini-clinics and nature hikes.

Visitors to the event are invited to try the Park System’s 25’ rock climbing wall, canoes and paddleboats.  Meet members of local outdoor adventure clubs who will answer questions and give advice, as well as representatives from companies that sell outdoor recreation equipment.   The event is rain or shine.  Admission and parking are free.  Camping is available inside the park (for a fee).  For more information about the Monmouth County Park System or the Outdoor Adventure Expo, please visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call 732-842-4000. For persons with hearing impairment, the TTY/TDD number is 711. The Monmouth County Park System, created in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is Monmouth County’s Open Space, Parks and Recreation agency.

Outdoor Adventure Expo Features Children’s Fishing Derby

mcps fishing derbyPICTURED – The Children’s Fishing Derby will once again be part of the Monmouth County Park System’s Outdoor Adventure Expo.

FREEHOLD-  Bring your pole and bait and head over to the Children’s Fishing Derby from 12noon-2pm on Sunday, May 18 at Turkey Swamp Park, Georgia Road, Freehold.  Besides being fun, the Children’s Fishing Derby also teaches good fishing etiquette.  Please remember that ages 16 and older require a New Jersey fishing license.  The Children’s Fishing Derby is just one portion of the Monmouth County Park System’s Outdoor Adventure Expo.  Held from 11am-5pm, this event highlights outdoor recreation opportunities available in the area through free lectures, demonstrations, mini-clinics and nature hikes.

Visitors to the event are invited to try the Park System’s 25’ rock climbing wall, canoes and paddleboats.  Meet members of local outdoor adventure clubs who will answer questions and give advice, as well as representatives from companies that sell outdoor recreation equipment.   The event is rain or shine.  Admission and parking are free.  Camping is available inside the park (for a fee).  For more information about the Monmouth County Park System or the Outdoor Adventure Expo, please visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call 732-842-4000. For persons with hearing impairment, the TTY/TDD number is 711. The Monmouth County Park System, created in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is Monmouth County’s Open Space, Parks and Recreation agency.

Celebrating “El Dia de los Niños” – The Day of the Child

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) today joined with Latino families across the country to celebrate El Día de los Niños, “The Day of the Child,” which recognizes the importance of investing in our nation’s children and our country’s future. To mark the celebration and declare it a national holiday, the Senators reintroduced a Senate Resolution (S.Res.429) that passed unanimously on April 29, 2014.

“On El Dia de los Niños, we recognize that nothing is more fundamental to the development of our children than a quality education,” said Senator Menendez. “I am proud that the Senate once again adopted this Resolution and I join families across our nation in celebrating this multi-cultural day to underscore the importance of nurturing our future leaders. As the first person in my family to have the opportunity to graduate from college, I will continue fighting to improve educational opportunities so children from all backgrounds can achieve their full potential.”

“Latino children account for thirty-three percent of all children under the age of five in Nevada and twenty-five percent in the United States. It’s important that they receive a good education that will prepare them to be the future leaders of our great nation. As a grandfather of sixteen and father of five, I know the importance of a healthy childhood for our nation’s future,” said Reid. “I am pleased to join parents and children in Nevada and across the nation to celebrate the Día de los Niños. I am proud to be an original cosponsor of my friend, Senator Menendez’s Día de los Niños resolution in the Senate. Every day that the Republican-led House of Representatives refuses to act on immigration reform, more children are separated from their parents. Our country does not benefit from this, and it doesn’t reflect our values as a nation. I will continue to fight until all our children have a shot at a good future with their parents by their sides.”

The Senate Resolution designating April 30, 2014 as “Día de los Niños: Celebrating Young Americans” was sponsored by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and cosponsored by Sens. Harry Reid (D-NV), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA), Mark Udall (D-CO), Jack Reed (D-RI), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Cory Booker (D-NJ).

  • According to the 2012 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 17,500,000 of the nearly 53,000,000 individuals of Hispanic descent living in the United States are children under the age of 18, representing more than 33 percent of the total Hispanic population residing in the United States.
  • Approximately 1 in 4 of the total population of children in the United States is Hispanic.
  • The number of Hispanic children has increased every year since 1980, rising from 5.3 million in 1980 to nearly 17.6 million in 2012, while the number of White children has decreased every year since 1994.
  • Hispanic children under 18 continue to represent the largest group of children living in poverty in the U.S. and the largest group of children lacking health insurance.
  • In 2012, 14.1 percent of Hispanic children were uninsured, compared to 6.5 percent of non-Hispanic White children, 9.3 percent of Black children, and 8.0 percent of Asian children.
  • Nearly 6 million Hispanic children currently live below the poverty line, and a Latino child is born into poverty every 75 seconds.

Celebrating “El Dia de los Niños” – The Day of the Child

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) today joined with Latino families across the country to celebrate El Día de los Niños, “The Day of the Child,” which recognizes the importance of investing in our nation’s children and our country’s future. To mark the celebration and declare it a national holiday, the Senators reintroduced a Senate Resolution (S.Res.429) that passed unanimously on April 29, 2014.

“On El Dia de los Niños, we recognize that nothing is more fundamental to the development of our children than a quality education,” said Senator Menendez. “I am proud that the Senate once again adopted this Resolution and I join families across our nation in celebrating this multi-cultural day to underscore the importance of nurturing our future leaders. As the first person in my family to have the opportunity to graduate from college, I will continue fighting to improve educational opportunities so children from all backgrounds can achieve their full potential.”

“Latino children account for thirty-three percent of all children under the age of five in Nevada and twenty-five percent in the United States. It’s important that they receive a good education that will prepare them to be the future leaders of our great nation. As a grandfather of sixteen and father of five, I know the importance of a healthy childhood for our nation’s future,” said Reid. “I am pleased to join parents and children in Nevada and across the nation to celebrate the Día de los Niños. I am proud to be an original cosponsor of my friend, Senator Menendez’s Día de los Niños resolution in the Senate. Every day that the Republican-led House of Representatives refuses to act on immigration reform, more children are separated from their parents. Our country does not benefit from this, and it doesn’t reflect our values as a nation. I will continue to fight until all our children have a shot at a good future with their parents by their sides.”

The Senate Resolution designating April 30, 2014 as “Día de los Niños: Celebrating Young Americans” was sponsored by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and cosponsored by Sens. Harry Reid (D-NV), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA), Mark Udall (D-CO), Jack Reed (D-RI), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Cory Booker (D-NJ).

  • According to the 2012 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 17,500,000 of the nearly 53,000,000 individuals of Hispanic descent living in the United States are children under the age of 18, representing more than 33 percent of the total Hispanic population residing in the United States.
  • Approximately 1 in 4 of the total population of children in the United States is Hispanic.
  • The number of Hispanic children has increased every year since 1980, rising from 5.3 million in 1980 to nearly 17.6 million in 2012, while the number of White children has decreased every year since 1994.
  • Hispanic children under 18 continue to represent the largest group of children living in poverty in the U.S. and the largest group of children lacking health insurance.
  • In 2012, 14.1 percent of Hispanic children were uninsured, compared to 6.5 percent of non-Hispanic White children, 9.3 percent of Black children, and 8.0 percent of Asian children.
  • Nearly 6 million Hispanic children currently live below the poverty line, and a Latino child is born into poverty every 75 seconds.

Deadline for Filing Sandy-related Flood Claims Extended

 

TRENTON, NJ – Responding to the Christie Administration’s request for an extension of the deadline for consumers to file flood insurance claims related to Superstorm Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that New Jersey residents and businesses will have an additional six-months to file a complete flood insurance claim, or proof of loss, in connection with damages from the storm. FEMA announced that the deadline for filing proof of loss documentation has been extended from April 28, 2014 to October 28, 2014. Governor Christie asked FEMA for the deadline extension on April 8.

“The extension of this deadline gives New Jersey residents and businesses vital additional time to complete their flood insurance claims,” said Governor Christie. “Many of the storm’s victims found further damage to their homes and businesses as they began to rebuild and they simply need more time to gather all of the documentation to finalize their flood claims. We thank FEMA for granting this extension.”

A proof of loss is a form used by the policyholder to support the amount they are claiming under the policy, which must then be signed, sworn and submitted to the insurance company with proper supporting documentation. FEMA’s extension of the filing deadline gives homeowners or business owners more time to file a supplemental flood insurance claim and more time to submit supporting documents necessary for the proof-of-loss document.

FEMA has extended the deadline to file proof of loss documents twice before. In November 2012, FEMA extended the 60-day timeframe for filing Superstorm Sandy-related proof of loss documents to October 29, 2013, one year from the date Superstorm Sandy struck New Jersey. In October 2013, the deadline was extended another six months until April 28, 2014.

Governor Christie’s letter of April 8, 2014 also reiterated a request to FEMA made in December 2013, which sought clarification of the interplay between the extended proof of loss deadline and the one-year statute of limitations for filing litigation relating to flood insurance claims. Both Administration letters to FEMA asked the agency to interpret the one-year time period as beginning only after the denial or partial disallowance of a claim following the policyholder’s submission of the last timely filed proof of loss. The clarification would mean that the one-year window for residents to file Sandy related lawsuits would not begin until after a claim was perfected, possibly by the submission of multiple proofs of loss, and thereafter denied.

FEMA did not address that issue in its announcement this week.

“This deadline extension is good news for New Jersey consumers who are still struggling with the flood insurance claims process,” said Banking and Insurance Commissioner Ken Kobylowski. “As we all know, New Jersey suffered unprecedented damage in Superstorm Sandy, and it is of the utmost importance that residents and business owners who suffered loss or damage to their properties file an accurate, comprehensive and complete flood insurance claim.”

The FEMA bulletin can be found here: http://bsa.nfipstat.fema.gov/wyobull/2014/w-14017.pdf.

Deadline for Filing Sandy-related Flood Claims Extended

 

TRENTON, NJ – Responding to the Christie Administration’s request for an extension of the deadline for consumers to file flood insurance claims related to Superstorm Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that New Jersey residents and businesses will have an additional six-months to file a complete flood insurance claim, or proof of loss, in connection with damages from the storm. FEMA announced that the deadline for filing proof of loss documentation has been extended from April 28, 2014 to October 28, 2014. Governor Christie asked FEMA for the deadline extension on April 8.

“The extension of this deadline gives New Jersey residents and businesses vital additional time to complete their flood insurance claims,” said Governor Christie. “Many of the storm’s victims found further damage to their homes and businesses as they began to rebuild and they simply need more time to gather all of the documentation to finalize their flood claims. We thank FEMA for granting this extension.”

A proof of loss is a form used by the policyholder to support the amount they are claiming under the policy, which must then be signed, sworn and submitted to the insurance company with proper supporting documentation. FEMA’s extension of the filing deadline gives homeowners or business owners more time to file a supplemental flood insurance claim and more time to submit supporting documents necessary for the proof-of-loss document.

FEMA has extended the deadline to file proof of loss documents twice before. In November 2012, FEMA extended the 60-day timeframe for filing Superstorm Sandy-related proof of loss documents to October 29, 2013, one year from the date Superstorm Sandy struck New Jersey. In October 2013, the deadline was extended another six months until April 28, 2014.

Governor Christie’s letter of April 8, 2014 also reiterated a request to FEMA made in December 2013, which sought clarification of the interplay between the extended proof of loss deadline and the one-year statute of limitations for filing litigation relating to flood insurance claims. Both Administration letters to FEMA asked the agency to interpret the one-year time period as beginning only after the denial or partial disallowance of a claim following the policyholder’s submission of the last timely filed proof of loss. The clarification would mean that the one-year window for residents to file Sandy related lawsuits would not begin until after a claim was perfected, possibly by the submission of multiple proofs of loss, and thereafter denied.

FEMA did not address that issue in its announcement this week.

“This deadline extension is good news for New Jersey consumers who are still struggling with the flood insurance claims process,” said Banking and Insurance Commissioner Ken Kobylowski. “As we all know, New Jersey suffered unprecedented damage in Superstorm Sandy, and it is of the utmost importance that residents and business owners who suffered loss or damage to their properties file an accurate, comprehensive and complete flood insurance claim.”

The FEMA bulletin can be found here: http://bsa.nfipstat.fema.gov/wyobull/2014/w-14017.pdf.

Protect Consumers for Unnecessary Rate Hikes

I agree with AARP and with recent comments made by AARP New Jersey Chief Utilities Advocate Ken Lindhorst, and I support AARP advocacy to protect consumers from having to pay unnecessary utility rate hikes. As an AARP member with no potential for additional income, I simply cannot afford to pay a penny more than necessary.

Lee Busch

East Brunswick