SECAUCUS – Secaucus officials and emergency response teams met today to discuss preparations for the weekend snow storm. Members of the Fire Department, Police Department, Division of Public Works, Office of Emergency Management, the mayor, council members, and other local officials are readying for the possibility of minor coastal flooding and heavy snow. As of Thursday, Accuweather predicts 4-8 inches.
“We are hoping for the best,” said Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli. “We are watching it carefully.”
The town will issue a robo call today alerting residents to put their cars in their driveways, obey snow emergency routes (Front Street, Centre Avenue, Paterson Plank Road, and Huber Street), stock up on supplies early, and stay tuned to storm updates. Residents are also advised to stock up on standard storm supplies such as water, batteries, and a radio.
“For any nor'easter we have potential for flooding,” said Gonnelli. “The storm is taking shape as it passes on. You can have heavy, heavy snow and still have flooding.”
The town is checking all pump stations, pumps, generators, and will be ready to respond to downed wires and branches.
Shelters will be prepared in case of any emergency.
Three ambulances provided by the Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center will be stationed at three locations throughout town including the center of town, Meadowlands Parkway, and by the Xchange development.
Residents are advised to use the non-emergency number: (201) 867-8000 unless there is a real emergency.
“People should not get panicky or overexcited,” said Gonnelli.
To register a cell phone or private number for the robo call, visit: http://www.secaucusnj.org/.