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'Frankenstorm' Plans in Place, Mayor Says

James Barberio released a statement on storm preparedness as Parsippany waits for storm's potential arrival.

Following a meeting with representatives of agencies and organizations connected with emergency response at Town Hall Friday afternoon, Mayor James Barberio released a public statement on Hurricane Sandy and how the township is preparing for the worst, just in case.

A major storm is approaching. As your mayor, I urge you to take action now!

Flash flooding is extremely likely. Major river flooding is likely. Record river flooding is possible. Residents should maintain awareness of the weather and conditions as they worsen.

The intensity of the storm is expected to impact our area on Monday into Tuesday of the upcoming week. The Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills is working with all of our departments including the Parsippany Office of Emergency Management, Police Department, Department of Public Works and Parks and Forestry in an effort to prepare and respond to weather-related emergencies as they occur.

We are anticipating heavy amounts of rainfall and heavy winds. Flash flooding, road closures and downed trees and power lines are likely to occur as a result.

Plan now for an emergency:

• Please reach out to senior citizens and special needs family and friends who may require assistance for the duration of the storm.

• Include your pets in any emergency planning.  

• Residents living in flood prone areas should be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice should the need to do so arise.

• Move your vehicles to higher ground before the rainfall.

• Residents utilizing generators during power failures are urged to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines in operating the machinery. In the event residents need to seek shelter during the storm, the township will provide a location to seek refuge.

Superintendent of Schools LeRoy Seitz will notify me immediately in the event of delayed openings and school closures. Tune in to 1250 AM WMTR for information on school closures and other local information.

The town’s Office of Emergency Management held a meeting of department heads Thursday morning to coordinate the town’s response to potential emergencies. Our emergency services team members—police, fire, emergency medical services and Rescue and Recovery are staffed and ready to respond to any emergency. The town is in continuous contact with both the State of New Jersey Office of Emergency Management as well as the Morris County Office of Emergency Management for up-to-date information and planning.

The utility company Jersey Central Power and Light has advised us that it is taking the necessary precautions to prepare for any loss of power throughout the township. For power loss, contact JCP&L at 1-888-544-4877 or 1-888-LIGHTSS.

The Township of Parsippany along with its Office of Emergency Management and Police Department are working together to provide hurricane preparedness information, the most current conditions and how to prepare for hurricane weather to the media and our residents. We are following the warnings issued by the National Weather Service and monitoring the track of the hurricane as it travels along the east coast.

The Office of Emergency Management has established an Emergency Operations Center at police headquarters for the duration of the hurricane and it will be staffed 24 hours a day. If you need water pumped out of your basement or home, dial the main police number at 973-263-4300. 9-1-1 should ONLY be used for life- threatening emergencies and crimes in progress!

We encourage everyone in the community to stay informed, be prepared and avoid unnecessary travel.

National Hurricane Center 

National Weather Service New York, N.Y. 

Parsippany Police Department Facebook 

Parsippany Police Twitter  

Parsippany Police Department 

Township of Parsippany 

NJ Office of Emergency Managment 

VietNam Vet October 27, 2012 at 03:33 AM
He still hasn't done anything to prevent the people in lower Lake Hiawatha from getting vlooded out again. The wall that they said wasn't safe and needs to be higher, they still haven't done anything to raise the height of the wall. So I guess that means what the people went through last year, may go through it all over again if this hits like they think. If this happens again, this Mayor needs to be held responsible for it.
Selene October 27, 2012 at 04:34 AM
In advance I say thank you to District 4 Fire Fighters who will respond to any and all evacuations and assistance needed by Lake Hiawatha residents. Get some serious sleep guys, you'll be busy.
Mrs. K October 27, 2012 at 05:07 PM
The mayor has little control over the flood wall, it is the army corp of engineers who determine if it needs to be higher, then they are the ones who build the wall. The mayor didn't release the water from the reservoir, it was united water. The only person who can order a release is the governor. All volunteers should be thanked, everyone in the community stepped up last time and provided mutual aid to the other districts primary areas.
Sedgefield resident October 28, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Residents should clean out the storm drains in the street as well.
Charles Bivona October 28, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Hello, my neighbors. Stay safe.
Coach Workman October 28, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Take Heed! "A major storm is approaching. As your mayor, I urge you to take action now!" Remember last year! http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_edit?ns=1&video_id=hGCrFlbS-TM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbcHAbBZKC0 Prepare
CONCETTA BARNISH October 28, 2012 at 08:05 PM
THE STORM SEWERS HAVE NOT BEEN CLEANED OUT IN LOWER LAKE HIAWATHA AND IT IS NOT THE RESIDENTS PLACE TO DO SO. AND AS FOR THE WALL THE TOWN SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING SOMETHING WAY BEFORE NOW, THEY HAD ONE YEAR TO HAVE WORKED ON IT. INSTEAD OF PUTTING MONEY INTO FIELDS, THEY SHOULD OF BEEN LOOKING OUT TO HELP THE RESIDENTS. TO HELP THE RESIDENTS IN LAKE HIAWATHA. WELL, ALL WE CAN DO IS HOPE AND PRAY IT'S NOT WORSE THAN LAST YEAR. I PRAY FOR EVERYONE TO BE SAFE. GOD BE WITH YOU ALL.
Mike October 28, 2012 at 10:07 PM
When was the last time you saw the storm sewers cleaned out even in a non emergency situation.
CONCETTA BARNISH October 28, 2012 at 10:29 PM
your right, not to often, but this is important to everyone

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