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(10/05/16) If you have been following Hurricane Matthew you would have noticed that yesterday’s 11AM NHC update had the path about 60 miles off shore and then the 8PM update showed the hurricane’s path about 120 miles off shore and this mornings 8AM update shows Hurricane Matthew making a right turn at North Carolina and heading out to sea. At appears that Hurricane Matthew is heading towards Tropical Storm Nicole. New Jersey is no longer in the prediction cone. As with any weather situation things can change but the likelihood of it affecting New Jersey has diminished greatly.
You should use the threat of a hurricane coming our way as learning tool and take a moment to review what you were planning on doing and what you need to do in the event a Hurricane was to hit our area. If you did nothing and not sure what to do and you’re reading this in an email sent to you visit our website at http://ready.northwildwood.com and follow the link in the box marked “All Hazards Emergency Preparation Information available here “Be Prepared””. There is plenty of information about what to do and how to prepare. If you are reading this on the website simply look for the “Be Prepared” box on the lower right hand side of the page and click on the link or click on the “Be Prepared” link on the top bar of this page.
A word about preparation – while emergency planners like to make lists for each different type of possible scenario’s (Hurricane, Ice Storm, Tornado, etc) looking at all of them there is a common thread in all preparation – leave your home (Evacuate) or stay at home (or as we like to say “Shelter in Place”) you should incorporate these both paths in your every day living. For example – keep your medications, important papers, extra clothes readily available and have an evacuation bag with a check list of what to grab in case you have to Evacuate and on the other hand purchase extra dry and can goods, keep several cases of bottled water on hand and rotate through them so you have ample food supplies in case you have to shelter in place. Preparation will lead to less stress and less losses of your hard earned property and assure the safety of your family members and pets.
While it is still too far out to determine the exact path of Hurricane Matthew it is the time to pay attention. Undoubtedly we will get some impact from the hurricane. Using a program for Emergency Managers – which receives information from the NHC the last prediction at the time of this posting they made shows the center of the track just off of South Carolina on Saturday at 8AM. Projecting it forward landfall should be in North Carolina the next day and it continues up the coast. We should feel the affects when it reaches the lower Delmarva peninsula sometime on late Monday when it will be 100 miles away. We should start to see a change in weather then and if the hurricane continues at the same speed and path most likely late Monday or Tuesday we should start receiving the worst of what we’ll get. As noted things can change and there are over 20 different forecast models and they are all slightly different but in the same general consensus. In addition we must pay attention to the weather coming across the county as it will affect the hurricane’s path. With the Internet we don’t have to wait for someone to tell us what the weather will be – we can get the same information directly.
Here are a couple of sites to follow: For an overall look at the weather across the USA and what might be headed our way the National Weather Service has a webpage called the Daily Briefing http://www.weather.gov/briefing/ For official hurricane information visit The National Hurricane Center – http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ Also there are a couple of weather sites that import a lot of data from other sites and show a graphic with all the forecast models. They are: Louisiana Hurricane Center’s page http://trackthetropics.com/ and Mike’s Weather Page http://www.spaghettimodels.com/ The last two websites appear to be non-governmental sites however the information appears to be sourced from official weather sites.
(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.
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.