North Wildwood’s Emergency Preparedness website
Last weeks weather was quintessential Spring weather – that is one day cold and one day hot. This is the kind of weather that often is accompanied by severe weather such as tornadoes, thunderstorms, hail, and straight line winds. The National Weather Service through it’s Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors is calling for a discussion on what is your safe place from extreme weather. To promote the discussion nationwide they are asking people to take a Safe Place Selfie and post it on April 3rd to the 6th, 2017. If you are uncertain what to do and what is a safe place take a few minutes and visit “Be Prepared” link on the top of this page or lower right side or if you reading this in an email visit the North Wildwood Ready website by clicking on this link. On the Ready website click on the “Be Prepared” button for links to all sorts of preparedness information. The attached photo has more information on the #SafePlaceSelfie
For those that utilize Facebook the Office of Emergency Management has a presence on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NWEmergencyManagement/ Most of the time we are able to mirror the page on the Ready Website and the Facebook page but occasionally during the height of the storm we can update Facebook quicker from a smart phone. Nonetheless neither this page on the Ready website or the Facebook page are to be considered to replace the National Weather Service warnings, Code Red warnings and the emergency warning siren alerts. Social media and websites have a place and it is to provide supplemental information before and after an alert is sent out.
(03/14/17) Today’s flooding by the numbers – This mornings 10:02AM high tide crested at 10:30AM at 6.96 feet above MLLW which is considered Minor Flooding (6.7 to 7.6 feet above MLLW) so we didn’t reach the predicted Moderate flooding which starts at 7.7 feet above MLLW. The tide is currently going down which should take several hours. The current temperature is 41 degrees but with the 35 MPH NNW wind the chill factor makes it feel like 12 degrees. The heavy rains during the early morning hours caused street flooding along NJ Avenue and the west side. When the heavy rain stopped around 8:30AM the rain water started to drain before the tidal flooding started on the west side. The tidal flood was confined to areas of Delaware and New York Avenues with water on the adjacent side streets. The temperatures are supposed to drop later tonight and there is a chance of a dusting of snow. We had a small electric outage on Walnut Avenue which was handled by Atlantic Electric. Several arcing wire calls were handled by the Fire Department.
(03/13/17) The latest briefing from the National Weather Service for tomorrow’s Nor’easter is calling for Moderate Tidal Flooding. Moderate tidal flooding starts at 7.7 feet above MLLW which means for us flooding on Delaware, New York and adjacent side streets up to New Jersey Avenue. Residents are urged to take all precautions and protect their vehicles and property. A citywide CODE RED message will be sent at 5pm this evening. The high tide that the flooding will be a problem is the 10:02AM High tide on Tuesday morning. High winds with gusts of 50 to 60 miles per hour are predicted also. If you are traveling out of the county snow will be an issue as it will start with 4 inches in upper CMC and increasing substantially as you go further west and north. Our coastal area should get little to no snow.
(03/07/17) With the chance of minor snowfall for this upcoming weekend it is a perfect example of the type of weather we get in the Spring. One day hot, One day cold, sometimes rain and some times snow. These ups and downs of the temperatures often bring severe weather – thunder storms, damaging winds, and a possible tornado. If you are a viewer of the Weather Channel or the Weather Nation channel you are familiar with the different locations that are getting severe weather at times when they usually don’t. We are not immune from these weather anomalies that are ever so frequently taking place and we must keep up on our local weather. In getting weather alerts there is only one source and that is the National Weather Service. Virtually all other weather predictions are based on NOAA National Weather Service forecasts and data. This is not to discount local weather forecasts given by local weather people. The local people can put a local spin on the NWS forecast so that it will help local residents to better understand the forecast. To get severe weather alerts the best way is to get them directly from the National Weather Service. Weather alerts are issues across several differ platforms. The one that we recommend is get a weather radio that has S.A.M.E. (specific area message encoding) that will set off a warning alert sound if there is an alert in our area. If you have a smart phone there is a FEMA App that is capable of receiving NWS SAME messages for our area, as well as, a National Weather Service App that in addition to the SAME messages it will give you official weather forecasts and radar images. Whatever works for you is the one you should have. In the event of a tornado warning (as opposed to a tornado watch we get frequently) North Wildwood emergency warning system has a procedure to alert the public first by sounding the emergency warning sirens in the classic tornado pattern of a straight siren for 5 minutes and also sending a prerecorded message to the residents via the Code Red system. In the event of tornado people should shelter in place at a safe portion of their house. Being on a peninsula with a small land mass often these alerts are short notice unlike the tornado alerts in the Midwest that track tornadoes for many miles. To clarify it further a Watch is when conditions may be favorable to produce the tornado while the Warning is when a tornado is spotted on the ground or indicated by weather radar.
This mornings minor flooding, which was not called for in yesterdays Weather Briefing from the NWS, crested at 6.44 feet above MLLW at 7:00AM. This mornings high tide was at 6:28AM. Primarily Delaware Avenue was flooded with some other roadways having water at the curb mainly due to the rain. The Northeast winds at the beginning of the storm was the main reason for the higher than expected tides. As the cold front came in the wind shifted more westerly so flooding at subsequent high tides is not expected.
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.