According to myhudsoncounty.com, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise announced today that only County law enforcement and storm-related personnel should report to work on Monday because of Hurricane Sandy and an overland storm combining creating a weather event dubbed "Frankenstorm"
County Department directors manned the phones Sunday afternoon following a review of the most up to date weather reports, calling workers to be sure those needed--especially in the Department of Corrections, the Sheriff's Office and emergency response staff--would be able to report for duty.
Addionally, the County Executive's Office contacted all of Hudson County's twelve mayors Saturday and Sunday, letting them know that all county emergency capabilities, including vehicles, personnel and communications support would be available at their request. This equipment includes the County's BEAR Rescue vehicle, a virtually indestructible tank-like machine that can be used for rescues in collapsed or blocked structures.
Already, County OEM has provided rescue boats to the towns of Kearny and Harrison and the City of Bayonne. Cots and blankets have been sent to schools in Bayonne being employed as emergency shelters.
County Parks will close as of 7:00 pm Sunday evening. Homeless shelters have been activated and and county vans have been mobilized to pick up homeless individuals requesting shelter.
Links regarding the shelters cand be found by visiting http://www.hudsoncountynj.org/
"We want to makes sure that our municipal partners have everything they need from us to do the job of keeping residents safe during the storm," said DeGise. "We stand ready to assist with any and all requests for support." Residents are urged to listen to local media regarding local travel and potential evactuation instructions. "The important thing is to stay safe," said DeGise.
Residents should listen to their municipal authorities and focus on limiting their exposure to the storm. They can keep up-to-date regarding Hudson County related disaster preparedness information by tuning into 1710-AM on their radio dial the County Emergency Radio Channel.
Visit http://www.myhudsoncounty.com for updates and information on Hurricane Sandy in Hudson County, New Jersey.