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01/30/18 – The water by the numbers. This mornings 6:36am High Tide crested at 7:39AM at the height of 6.94 feet which brought flooding to Delaware Avenue and westward with water along the curbs on New York. The tides are being influence by the Blue Moon Full Moon which takes place on Thursday. We need to keep an eye on the next couple of high tides – Tonight 7:06PM, Wednesday 7:29AM and 7:59PM, and Thursday 8:20AM and 8:50PM. The main tides to watch are the morning tides which are predicted to be a foot higher than the evening tides. Flooding is still predicted to be in the minor category which is pretty much the same as this morning. The rain has changed over to snow when the temperature dropped even with the predictions of 1 to 3 inches it doesn’t appear that we will get much more than a dusting. Follow the tide height live at the North Wildwood Weather Station online at http://220.127.116.11/datawise/dashboards/wx.php.
While we still have plenty of snow and we still have to take precautions when traveling things are getting back to normal. Schools are open, trash pick up back on regular schedule, and all city facilities up and running. Now is the time to look back and consider what you would have done differently in preparing for the snowfall. Did you have enough food for the duration of the storm? Did you park your car in a location that enabled you to get to it out easily? Did your cold weather clothes work well in blizzard conditions? Did your snow shovel serve you well? Did you have rock salt on hand? Did you know who to call if you needed assistance? Did you know where to find out information about road conditions, etc.? The key to survival in any emergency or severe weather conditions is preparation. Take a few minutes to review the preparation information available at the http://ready.northwildwood.com website and then do what we call a gap analysis to see where we are at and where we want to be in terms of preparation and make a plan to fill the gap.
If you haven’t followed the Office of Emergency Management on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NWEmergencyManagement/ you might want to consider it because Facebook is often updated more frequently than the READY website.
(01/03/18) The NWS 5PM update was issued about an hour ago. Looking at it there are some changes to the snow predictions which are now 4 to 10 inches and minor coastal flooding at the time of Thursday Mornings 9::26 AM High tide. Minor coastal flooding for us puts some water in the gutters on some areas of Delaware Avenue. With the high winds that we are used too is combined with snow we will have blizzard conditions. This afternoon the temperatures were above freezing so depending on how fast it drops we may get a little bit of mix precipitation in the beginning. The briefing is calling for the snow to start around 7PM this evening. The amount of snow we will ultimately get from this Coastal storm depending on the storm track which can change. A couple of notes – the North Wildwood tide gauge is currently frozen so you won’t be able to get a proper reading. However the rest of the weather station is running so if you want to check wind speed, temperature and chill factor you can do so.
From the latest National Weather Service update – we can expect 4 to 6 inches of snow along the coast. Snow will start later this evening continuing until Thursday Morning. A detailed NWS Emergency Managers briefing has been issued and if you are receiving this update via email it is available from a link on the http://ready.northwildwood.com website or if you are reading this on the ready website the link is on the left hand column. Things to do – Try to park your car in your driveway if you can so that the snow plows can clear the snow from curb to curb. Unless you need to go out it might be better to stay at home until it is over and the streets are passable. Remember New Jersey and Atlantic Avenues are the designated Snow Emergency Routes in North Wildwood and parking is prohibited on these streets until they are plowed and the snow has stopped. Residents along the Snow Emergency Routes may receive a CODE RED message about the snow emergency routes from the Police Department.
The National Weather Service kicked off it’s Winter Weather Safety Campaign on Friday December 1st. December 1st marks the beginning of “Meteorological” Winter and we as Weather Ready Nation ambassadors are asked to share tips for winter weather. With the warm weather we have been getting lately we can become lax in preparing for the winter weather. Now is the time to get ready for the winter. Make sure your outside water is turned off and crawl space windows are secured to keep the cold out. The biggest problem here is generally not the snow but broken pipes due to below freezing temperatures. For more winter weather tips visit the National Weather Service Winter Storm Safety Tips and Resources webpage at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/index.shtml additional tips can be found on the “Be Prepared” page of our Ready.NorthWildwood.com website. Here is the direct link http://ready.northwildwood.com/be-prepared/. Many of us travel out of the area during the winter to visit family and friends either up state or in Pennsylvania. Take into consideration the differences we see in the weather by just going inland a few miles if you are traveling a hour of more you may see a significant change in conditions. Plan ahead and check weather and road conditions before you travel and if you anticipate traveling in snow or other winter weather plan accordingly.
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.