It is now 15-days post Sandy and some of you are still without power. This is past the time frame for total restoration promised by JCP&L.
We do understand the depth and breadth of destruction, we want our residents who lost homes in Warren to get back into their homes and to have everyone with power. However, that does not lessen the pain, especially for the young, elderly and sick suffering the most without power and heat.
The town committee and I hear you loud and clear. Over the past 2 weeks, I have spoken with hundreds of you, and the lack of honest communication from JCP&L is unacceptable. You have asked what you can do. If you do not have power today, call it in to your respective power company.
I am asking that you let your voices be heard in Trenton and the Board of Public Utilities as we have no control over either of our Utility companies. Please write and call Governor Christie, your state legislator and the Board of Public Utilities. You can find the contact information on the town website, warren.nj.org. For those of you without web access, please call the BPU at 800-624-0241. BPU is closed today for Veteran’s Day, and their hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
We are forming a Citizens’ Committee to determine where we go from her. If you want to join, please contact the township clerk at 908-753-8000, extension 223, with your name and phone number.
Thank you for your help and let’s continue to help each other and prayer for those who lost their lives and homes in New Jersey.
Christie Administration Announces Disaster Unemployment Assistance Expanded to All New Jersey Counties Due to Hurricane Sandy
Trenton, NJ– The U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced it approved Governor Chris Christie’s request to extend Disaster Unemployment Assistance to cover all New Jersey counties as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is now available for persons in all New Jersey counties, especially self-employed individuals, who were living or working in the affected counties at the time of the disaster, and who are unemployed as a direct result of the damages caused by the storm.
Most impacted workers may already qualify for regular Unemployment Insurance, which is why anyone who plans to file a DUA claim should first file a regular claim for Unemployment Insurance. The federal DUA is a special program that covers many people who otherwise may not be eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance.
Myself, as Mayor, and my fellow members of the Township Committee, understand the significant hardship that the residents of Warren Township are currently going through as we recover from Superstorm Sandy. I have personally spoken to hundreds of Warren residents about the impact of power outages to your daily lives. Our prayers go out to those residents whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged. I have listened to the concerns of the elderly, those with serious medical conditions, and those with young children, who are trying to cope. The Township Committee is doing everything they can to get JCP&L and PSE&G to fully restore power to all Warren Township residents.
The Township has been extremely active in preparations for the storm and continues to take action to deal with the aftermath.
- The Warren Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has prepared and submitted to the Somerset County OEM, the Township’s Emergency Management Plan which consists of multiple sections including Fire, Police, Resource Management, Public Information, Hazardous Material, and Preparedness, which guides the Township’s response in an emergency.
- During this emergency by Superstorm Sandy, beginning on October 28, 2012, meetings at the Warren OEM office have been held attended by First Responders and Warren Elected Officials.
- The Warren Police Department has assisted residents with generators for those residents who are on oxygen. If you are one of those residents, contact the Police Department at (908) 753-1000 if you need assistance.
Governor Chris Christie is pleased to offer small business owners the opportunity to join Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), New Jersey Economic Development Authority and New Jersey Business Action Center senior officials for a conference call on the federal and state government’s efforts to help small businesses and homeowners recover from Hurricane Sandy. Officials will provide updates and answer questions about assistance and support to states affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, ensuring the federal family and its public and private partners continue to provide all available resources to support state, local, territorial and tribal communities in affected areas.
WHAT: New Jersey Economic Development Authority, FEMA, SBA and New Jersey Business Action Center senior officials update call with local, small business owners and officials on Sandy relief efforts.
WHEN: Thursday, November 8 at 2 p.m. ET
DIAL IN: Dial-in: 1-888-621-9649; Event number: 411483
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open a Disaster Recovery Center in the Somerset County Human Services Building at 27 Warren St.
The center will open Thursday, Nov. 8, from 2 to 8 p.m. Hours thereafter will be Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice.
The FEMA center will assist residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
From the Warren Township Zoning Department: Any tree down or damaged by the storm may be removed without a tree permit from the Warren Township Zoning Department.
BE ADVISED THAT IF THE ELECTRICAL SERVICE TO YOUR HOME HAS BEEN DAMAGED OR TORN FROM THE HOME THE POWER COMPANY WILL NOT TURN ON YOUR SERVICE.
YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE THE WIRES REPAIRED, OBTAIN A PERMIT, OBTAIN AN INSPECTION AND RECEIVE A “CUT-IN CARD” IN ORDER TO HAVE THE POWER RE-CONNECTED.
THE CONSTRUCTION OFFICE WILL EXPEDITE THESE PERMITS AND INSPECTION REQUESTS AND ISSUE “CUT IN CARDS” ON SITE AFTER THE INSPECTION IS APPROVED.
THE PERMIT FEES FOR THESE CONNECTIONS ARE WAIVED.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR NEED ASSISTANCE, PLEASE CONTACT THE CONSTRUCTION OFFICE AT 908-753-8000 X 241
Two important points:
- If you do not have power, you must report the outage to your power company. Phone numbers for JCP&L and PSE&G are shown to the right of this post.
- For those of you who have overhead lines on their property that are damaged to the point where the mains wire which runs down the side of your house and/or the meter itself has been torn loose, you will need to have your own electrician repair the meter pan (not the actual meter), and install a proper mains wire up to the point on your house where the overhead wires reach the house. Also you will need to provide a secure mounting point for the new overhead wires, perhaps an eyebolt. The power company will not repair the overhead wires on your property until this is done. The township will expedite permits which are marked by the applicant: "Hurricane Sandy Damage."
Tips from JCP&L for Customers Requesting Service Reconnections
Thousands of Jersey Central Power & Light customers sustained significant damage to their homes and businesses as a result of Hurricane Sandy. As repairs are completed, customers will need to have their service reconnected.
Due to the storm, Somerset County was unable to pick up recycling on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 29 and 30. The next recycling pickup in towns that were missed -- Branchburg, Raritan, Hillsborough and Millstone – will be made on Tuesday, Nov. 13, since Somerset County offices will be closed Nov. 12 for Veterans’ Day.
Recycling collection has been back on schedule since last Wednesday. Collections are being made today (Nov. 5) in Bernards. Recycling will be collected in Bedminster, Bernardsville, Peapack-Gladstone and Far Hills on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane in Bridgewater, will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, for Thanksgiving. Curbside-recycling collection for residents of Martinsville-Thomae Park, Warren and Watchung will be held on Friday, Nov. 23.
Some good resources both of children and for special needs children affected by Hurricane Sandy from Children's Specialized Hospital:
- Storm debris must be next to the curb by November 13th or it will not be picked up. Please bear in mind that while it is practical to collect any and all debris from your yard, if all residents did this the project would take twice as long. All debris must be freshly cut and related to Hurricane Sandy only.
- All debris must be placed behind the curb and not in the street; if debris is left in the street the police department will be called to enforce this and it will not be picked up.
- All branches/limbs must be no longer than 6 feet in length and 5” in diameter. Any debris longer than 6 feet or larger than 5” diameter will not be picked up.
- All branches must be stacked neatly with the trunk ends facing the road. If any brush is entangled it will not be picked up.
- All roads will be visited one time only. If brush is not by the curb when collection crews arrive, the material will not be picked up as there will not be a return trip to your location.
- Due to the severity of this weather condition, the Township Committee has authorized this collection program. The Township does not have the capability for chipping debris larger than the diameter specified, and as such cannot remove it. The Township will be posting a map on our website [oem.warrennj.org] indicating the streets that have been completed. This map will be posted after November 26, 2012.
Hurricane Sandy Tax Relief
The Warren Township 4th Quarter tax payment and the 4th quarter Warren Township Sewerage Authority sewer use payment grace period has been extended to November 16, 2012 after which interest will accrue from November 1, 2012.
To ease the burden on customers who did not have a chance to visit a motor vehicle office in October, MVC Chairman and Chief Administrator Raymond P. Martinez has issued Administrative Order 2012-03 authorizing a 30 day extension for all driver's licenses, vehicle registrations and vehicle inspection stickers that expire on October 31.