North Wildwood’s Emergency Preparedness website
(09/30/16 12:20pm) If you follow our Facebook posts you will have read most of this already. The tide gauge was found to be malfunctioning on Thursday morning causing a later than we like warning on the tidal flooding which was enhanced by the heavy rain. The tide gauge was serviced about two weeks ago and apparently during the servicing the tide gauge level was accidentally changed. Once it was discovered that it was off an OEM staff member familiar with the tide levels at particular benchmarks was able to communicate the known level to our service provider who was able to re-calibrate the tide gauge. We are confident now that the tide gauge is reporting the correct height. With that said we don’t have the correct height for Thursday morning but we have the others. Thursday night high tide was 7.40 feet and the Friday morning high tide was 7.21 feet which was about two and half inches lower. The National Weather Service has discontinued the coastal flood advisory which was for minor flooding at 12 Noon today. With tonight’s new moon and persistent N/E winds the tides are running about two feet higher than the normal 4.7 feet which means tonight the tides should reach around 6.7 feet which would put water on the streets up to Delaware Avenue and the adjacent side streets. At some of the streets in the north end flooding will reach New York Avenue. We provide these heights so that the residents can familiarize themselves with flooding at certain levels so that the next time the predictions are for 7.4 feet flooding you know that you will have to move your car and what you have to do to secure your property.
The event we are watching next is Hurricane Matthew which according to the Weather Channel should turn northward sometime this weekend and could be at the East Coast later next week. While predictions a week out will undoubtedly change several times it is nonetheless worthwhile to keep an eye on the movement of this Hurricane.
With this weekends bombings and the finding of IED’s in public areas we must be ever diligent and if we SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING. With many more local events taking place before the end of the year Homeland Security is everyone’s job not just the police. No governmental agency can be everywhere all the time it is the residents familiar with their neighborhood that can immediately tell if something is out of place and suspicious. If you see a suspicious package or person call the police. With most people having cell phones don’t forget to take a picture to document what you saw – it might come handy in any followup by police or homeland security. The quickest way to get a response is to dial 9-1-1. Also NJ Homeland Security has a created an android and iphone app for reporting suspicious activity. Search for the SAFE-NJ App. You can send photos with your report.
Due to the eastward movement of Hurricane / Tropical Storm HERMINE the predicted high tides have not materialized. Today’s high tide was less than the previous high tide and the low tides lower than the previous low tides. The latest National Weather Service briefing (5pm Sunday) calls for minor and in some cases moderate flooding with the tide of concern Monday morning. The flooding predictions are based on the Northeast wind holding in the tides and the tide departures compounding on each other. So far we have seen on the North Wildwood tide gauge that the tides are slowing going back to normally predicted heights and the compounding hasn’t taken place. This doesn’t mean things can’t change as with any weather situation we have no control so we ask all to monitor local tv and radio stations for updates.
The latest briefing from the National Weather Service has pushed our tide concerns further on Sunday and Monday. At tonight’s high tide they are calling for minor flooding as is Tomorrow mornings High Tide. As every high tide passes by with the NE Winds blowing while the storm is off the coast the tides will be compounding. Today’s low tide was about a foot higher than yesterday thus the next high tide will be that much higher. Today’s tide was 5.01 feet with no flooding. The tides will progressive get higher with the tides of Concern being the Sunday Evening High Tide with moderate flooding of 7.5 to 8.5 feet. Monday Morning they are calling for Moderate to Major flooding at 8.5 to 9.0 feet, and now they are continuing the flooding into Monday night projecting moderate flooding at 7.5 to 8.5 feet. The rain has been reduced to 1 to 3 inches Sunday into Monday. This all subject to change and is based on the National Hurricane Centers projected route of the storm. The NWS latest updates are available for all to read and can be obtained by following the link on this page (left hand column marked NWS EMERGENCY MANAGERS BRIEFING) or if you subscribed to the updates of this page and are reading this in an email follow this link. Also if you have a chance visit the National Hurricane Center website as the path of the storm will determine the severity of the tidal flooding.
The latest updates for this weekends storm is turning the event more into a flood event. The Tropical Storm will stall off the coast of New Jersey from late Saturday into Tuesday. During each high tide less water will go out and the next tides will get progressively higher. Tides on Saturday are predicted to be Minor which will flood Delaware Avenue and side streets up to New York. Sunday the tides are considered Moderate and flooding will increase to New Avenue and up to New Jersey on the side streets. The highest tides are supposed to be in the area of eight and half feet which would cover portions on New Jersey Avenue and put water in some of the 100 block East curb areas. Everyone is urged to take all precautions to protect their property such as securing lawn chairs, trash cans, and other loose property that may become a projectile in high winds. You should plan on moving your vehicle well before the high tide starts rising as finding a parking spot in the higher section of town with everyone else moving their vehicles may be close to impossible. Like most storm events this too has a lot of uncertainty and things can change so it is important to keep up on the weather by listening to local radio and television stations. The NWS latest updates are available for all to read and can be obtained by following the link on this page (left hand column marked NWS EMERGENCY MANAGERS BRIEFING) or if you subscribed to the updates of this page and are reading this in an email follow this link.
July 1, 2014
As we are already a month into the new hurricane season and our first tropical storm has been named it is time to check our emergency plans and preparation. We urge everyone to visit the links on the left hand side of this page. They are links listed under BE PREPARED. Preparation is not hard and while most preparation needs will be the same for everyone each person will have to come up with his or her own plan. By visiting the suggested websites and tailoring the information to your specific situation you can check your plans and ultimately will be better prepared.
Also today due to the many requests to be added to the flood notification list we have expanded the flood notification to all residents west of New York Avenue from Spruce to 26th Avenues. Phones in these areas will be called and a recorded message will played. There are two messages that can be sent one known as the initial call sent when it appears that flooding will take place and one sent when the siren has been sounded. These phone calls are sent via the CODE RED Community Alert System. Read below to how to add your cell or other phone numbers. REMEMBER this system is used city wide for other notifications so if you are not in the flood prone area you still should visit the CODE RED website and add your alternate phone numbers.
Currently the Code Red Community Alert System will dial every Verizon and Comcast Phone in North Wildwood. However with many people relying on Cellular phones the system will enable you to add phones to your address. Remember this system is based on North Wildwood addresses so when you sign up you need to attach your out of town phone to your North Wildwood address. Being addressed based the city will be using the system to alert those in flood prone areas of flood warnings, those on the snow emergency routes to move their cars and on occasion when there is a natural gas leak or police emergency a circular area around the incident will be notified. Those of you visiting this page can follow this link to get a head start on signing up your “other” phones (Click on the CODE RED LOGO)
On the Code Red website you will be asked if you want to add your email address or receive text messages. We have the ability to duplicate the contents of the voice message into an email and truncated text message. As this will only be used in an emergency why not add all your contact preferences and methods so you can keep informed. Also those with “smart” phones will have the capability to download the Code Red App.
At the North Wildwood Office of Emergency Management we feel our central job is to keep communications when the normal systems are failing. Therefore we don’t put one form of communication above another. At times some may seem simplistic in these times of technology however when normal systems fail we will fall back on them. That is why we depend on a fire siren, AM radio and telephone as basic methods of notification. We will be using North Wildwood’s AM1640 as the method of communication that can put the most information out. Please get your self a good AM radio. Remember when there are no emergencies AM 1640 broadcasts special event information – ever wondered what time the free concert starts and who is playing? it is on AM 1640; want to know what the start and end times of the festival in the entertainment district? it’s on AM 1640 as well as the upcoming events for the next several weeks.