Highlands Office of Emergency Management Issues Hurricane Preparation Update

HIGHLANDS, NJ – We are working to ensure that our Borough and Volunteer staff is prepared to respond effectively should the storm impact our area. In an effort to ensure public safety, we ask that our residents do the sam.

Highlands OEM Storm Preparations – These are some of the necessary steps that will be taken in preparation of potential hazardous weather conditions this weekend.

1) Tuesday 29th – meeting with Borough Officials to discuss hazardous weather outlook for upcoming weekend.
2) Tuesday 29th – Staff and equipment status checks and reports.
3) Tuesday 29th – Dissemination of OEM official information begins on OEM Facebook page to the public.
4) Wednesday 30th – Dissemination of official information continues through the Borough Departments and the general public to monitor the situation and make preparations.
5) Wednesday 30th – Correspondence and discussions with Monmouth County OEM and surrounding communities about potential weather impacts to our area and region.
6) Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th – Continually monitor the situation and weather map discussions, continue with all additional necessary preparations, continue disseminating necessary information via Highlands OEM reverse 911 system, www.highlandsnj.us, Highlands OEM Facebook, Twitter, Comcast cable, radio, and other social media outlets, stage equipment and resources in necessary locations as required, all staff and equipment in a state of readiness, final checks of emergency operations center communications, meet with staff and department heads, implement road closure plans if necessary, issue state of emergency and evacuation orders if they become necessary, continuously monitor the situation and make necessary changes/adjustments.

Borough of Highlands residents who live in flood prone areas are particularly being urged to stay aware and plan, before a potential storm strikes. Those residents are usually affected by tidal flooding and/or heavy rains and have the highest risk for flooding.
Steps that all residents can take are:

Plan & Prepare
• All residents should have a family disaster plan ready. Know where you will be evacuating to, and plan ahead to stay with family and friends or lodging outside the area. Be sure to provide shelter for your pets and notify friends and family of your plans.
• Bring all outdoor items such as garbage cans, lawn furniture and other items inside prior to the storm.
• Remove debris and keep trees trimmed.
• Inspect outside drains to make sure they are free of clogging.
• Secure and board up windows in your home.
• Cars and boats should be moved to higher ground before exiting your home.
• Store valuables and important documents in a waterproof safety deposit box in the highest level of your home.
• Make sure generators are in working condition. Do not run them indoors.
• Before evacuating, check with your utility company in advance to find out what should be turned off.
• Make sure your car has a full tank of gas, cells phones are fully charged, prescription medications are filled and have enough money, clothes, blankets, diapers, formula and personal items to get you through several days.
• Prior to leaving, unplug appliances, lock your home and do not return until the area is deemed safe.

 

Highlands Office of Emergency Management Issues Hurricane Preparation Update

HIGHLANDS, NJ – We are working to ensure that our Borough and Volunteer staff is prepared to respond effectively should the storm impact our area. In an effort to ensure public safety, we ask that our residents do the sam.

Highlands OEM Storm Preparations – These are some of the necessary steps that will be taken in preparation of potential hazardous weather conditions this weekend.

1) Tuesday 29th – meeting with Borough Officials to discuss hazardous weather outlook for upcoming weekend.
2) Tuesday 29th – Staff and equipment status checks and reports.
3) Tuesday 29th – Dissemination of OEM official information begins on OEM Facebook page to the public.
4) Wednesday 30th – Dissemination of official information continues through the Borough Departments and the general public to monitor the situation and make preparations.
5) Wednesday 30th – Correspondence and discussions with Monmouth County OEM and surrounding communities about potential weather impacts to our area and region.
6) Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th – Continually monitor the situation and weather map discussions, continue with all additional necessary preparations, continue disseminating necessary information via Highlands OEM reverse 911 system, www.highlandsnj.us, Highlands OEM Facebook, Twitter, Comcast cable, radio, and other social media outlets, stage equipment and resources in necessary locations as required, all staff and equipment in a state of readiness, final checks of emergency operations center communications, meet with staff and department heads, implement road closure plans if necessary, issue state of emergency and evacuation orders if they become necessary, continuously monitor the situation and make necessary changes/adjustments.

Borough of Highlands residents who live in flood prone areas are particularly being urged to stay aware and plan, before a potential storm strikes. Those residents are usually affected by tidal flooding and/or heavy rains and have the highest risk for flooding.
Steps that all residents can take are:

Plan & Prepare
• All residents should have a family disaster plan ready. Know where you will be evacuating to, and plan ahead to stay with family and friends or lodging outside the area. Be sure to provide shelter for your pets and notify friends and family of your plans.
• Bring all outdoor items such as garbage cans, lawn furniture and other items inside prior to the storm.
• Remove debris and keep trees trimmed.
• Inspect outside drains to make sure they are free of clogging.
• Secure and board up windows in your home.
• Cars and boats should be moved to higher ground before exiting your home.
• Store valuables and important documents in a waterproof safety deposit box in the highest level of your home.
• Make sure generators are in working condition. Do not run them indoors.
• Before evacuating, check with your utility company in advance to find out what should be turned off.
• Make sure your car has a full tank of gas, cells phones are fully charged, prescription medications are filled and have enough money, clothes, blankets, diapers, formula and personal items to get you through several days.
• Prior to leaving, unplug appliances, lock your home and do not return until the area is deemed safe.

 

Red Bank Public Library to Host “What’s in Your Attic?”

RED BANK, NJ – The Friends of the Red Bank Public Library in association with Riverbank Antiques & Interiors will present “What’s in Your Attic” on Saturday, October 17, 2015.  Experts will be on hand to advise on history, age and approximate value of antiques and collectibles including silver, china and glass, quilts and textiles, primitives, paintings and prints.

The event will run from 1pm to 5pm and the admission price of $20 includes the evaluation of one item, live bluegrass music, seasonal refreshments and mini lectures on antiques and local history.  Additional items will be evaluated at $5 for each piece.

Digital Memory Media will be at the Library to help patrons preserve their personal collections of print, photographs, slides and audio-visual material at an affordable price.

Tickets are available in advance at the Library Circulation Desk or at the door on October 17.  Call the library at 732-842-0690 or go to redbanklibrary.org for more information.  Also, please visit the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library Facebook page.

Red Bank Public Library to Host “What’s in Your Attic?”

RED BANK, NJ – The Friends of the Red Bank Public Library in association with Riverbank Antiques & Interiors will present “What’s in Your Attic” on Saturday, October 17, 2015.  Experts will be on hand to advise on history, age and approximate value of antiques and collectibles including silver, china and glass, quilts and textiles, primitives, paintings and prints.

The event will run from 1pm to 5pm and the admission price of $20 includes the evaluation of one item, live bluegrass music, seasonal refreshments and mini lectures on antiques and local history.  Additional items will be evaluated at $5 for each piece.

Digital Memory Media will be at the Library to help patrons preserve their personal collections of print, photographs, slides and audio-visual material at an affordable price.

Tickets are available in advance at the Library Circulation Desk or at the door on October 17.  Call the library at 732-842-0690 or go to redbanklibrary.org for more information.  Also, please visit the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library Facebook page.

Take Precautions in Preparation for Hurricane Joaquin

mcso preparation listFREEHOLD, NJ –  The threat of Hurricane Joaquin travelling up the east coast in the days ahead has the potential to cause severe weather in Monmouth County. It’s still too early to determine how much of an impact Joaquin can or will have at the jersey shore. However, Sheriff Shaun Golden, whose agency runs the Office of Emergency Management, says it’s never too early to take precautions and have a family disaster plan.

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Take Precautions in Preparation for Hurricane Joaquin

mcso preparation listFREEHOLD, NJ –  The threat of Hurricane Joaquin travelling up the east coast in the days ahead has the potential to cause severe weather in Monmouth County. It’s still too early to determine how much of an impact Joaquin can or will have at the jersey shore. However, Sheriff Shaun Golden, whose agency runs the Office of Emergency Management, says it’s never too early to take precautions and have a family disaster plan.

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Voter Education Website Launched by County Clerk

vote countsFREEHOLD, NJ – On Monday, Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon launched a new voter education website to assist voters in Monmouth County with elections information.

The website, www.MonmouthCountyVotes.com, was designed in collaboration with the Monmouth County Board of Elections and the Monmouth County Superintendent of Elections to provide voters and residents of Monmouth County with an easy to use website dedicated to elections and voting assistance.

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Voter Education Website Launched by County Clerk

vote countsFREEHOLD, NJ – On Monday, Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon launched a new voter education website to assist voters in Monmouth County with elections information.

The website, www.MonmouthCountyVotes.com, was designed in collaboration with the Monmouth County Board of Elections and the Monmouth County Superintendent of Elections to provide voters and residents of Monmouth County with an easy to use website dedicated to elections and voting assistance.

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Gateway Photo Contest Exhibit Opens on October 3 at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

New York, NY – Join the National Park Service at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge visitor center to see the winners of the of the 2015 Gateway National Recreation Area Photo Contest.  The show’s opening reception will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on October 3 and provide visitors a chance to see the winning images and meet the photographers.  The show will continue through the end of November.

People were invited to submit photos with the theme “Find Your Park”.  Twenty people submitted 50 photos of parks.  These photos did not have to be of national parks, and so also included state and city parks.   A panel selected the top ten images; and crowd-sourced voting via Facebook selected the first, second and third place winners.  Michael Paternoster’s “Officers Row Sunset” won this year’s first place.

Gateway Photo Contest Exhibit Opens on October 3 at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

New York, NY – Join the National Park Service at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge visitor center to see the winners of the of the 2015 Gateway National Recreation Area Photo Contest.  The show’s opening reception will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on October 3 and provide visitors a chance to see the winning images and meet the photographers.  The show will continue through the end of November.

People were invited to submit photos with the theme “Find Your Park”.  Twenty people submitted 50 photos of parks.  These photos did not have to be of national parks, and so also included state and city parks.   A panel selected the top ten images; and crowd-sourced voting via Facebook selected the first, second and third place winners.  Michael Paternoster’s “Officers Row Sunset” won this year’s first place.