Hello. I am Hazlet Mayor Dave Tinker. I wanted to take this opportunity to bring you up to speed on our community’s preparations in advance of Hurricane Sandy. Before I get into any details, I want to impress upon you the importance of preparation. NOW is the time to prepare supplies and a family emergency plan, including identifying a location far from Hazlet where you can stay with family or friends.
This morning, I attended a meeting of Hazlet’s senior emergency managers at town hall. During this meeting, I was assured that our emergency services are as ready as they can be to respond to this dangerous storm. Our Department of Public works has been diligently clearing streams and storm inlets to accommodate as much storm water as possible. Our police, fire, first aid and emergency management staffs are ready and anxious to help any of our fellow residents who may need assistance.
We have declared a local state of emergency requiring everyone to prepare for the storm. Residents living in low lying areas that are prone to flooding should voluntarily evacuate well in advance of the storm. JCP&L is telling us to expect to be without power for as many as ten days following the storm. You will be more comfortable somewhere else than in your own home.
You should be prepared with food, water, batteries and other staples and be ready to provide for your own family for several days. Be sure to check on your elderly friends and family to ensure that they are well cared for.
Should you lose power, DO NOT call the Hazlet Police. Instead, you should call JCP&L at 1-888-LIGHTS-S. You should ONLY call the Hazlet Police in the event of actual emergency. Police can be reached at 732-264-6565 or by dialing 9-1-1.
Finally, I can tell you that the Hazlet Township Public Schools have been declared closed for both Monday and Tuesday. Town Hall will be open on a limited basis for emergency business both days.
Hurricane Sandy Update - Saturday, October 27 7:00pm
As Hurricane Sandy approaches, residents should be prepared for life without electricity for several days (some estimates from the county are up to 10 days!). Residents with special needs need to make some very serious personal decisions now because once the storm hits we can not guarantee that Public Safety personnel will be able to reach you. If you live in an area prone to flooding you should consider securing your residence and leaving the area prior to the arrival of any flooding. Monmouth County is setting up several shelters for people who have been forced from their homes. The County does not consider loss of electricity a valid reason for placement at one of their shelters. The Township will be setting up a staging area at Town Hall for residents who need placement in a shelter to come to (opening time TBD). The County will then pick the residents up and deliver them to the shelter. Be advised: Town Hall is not equipped to be used at an overnight shelter. Stay tuned for further updates.
Hurricane Sandy Preparedness
As it becomes apparent that Hurricane Sandy will be affecting our area in a significant way, keep in mind some basic safety precautions: have flashlights and extra batteries on hand, have a battery powered radio available, keep cell phones charged, avoid entering high water, avoid downed wires. Stay tuned to the Township facebook and web pages for updated information. See this link for a Red Cross Hurricane Safety Checklist.
Tracking Hurricane Sandy
The Hazlet Office of Emergency Management is currently tracking the forecast for Hurricane Sandy. The township's emergency services are making preparations for whatever path the storm may take and our Department of Public Works is also preparing the storm sewers for heavy rains, particularly in areas historically prone to flooding.
As preparations continue, stay tuned to the township website and social media pages, your local media outlets and http://www.weather.gov for official updates.
Preservation of Open Space
This morning, Mayor Dave Tinker, Committeeman James Brady, Committeeman Scott Aagre and Freeholder Serena DiMaso joined members of the Hazlet Environmental Commission and the Open Space Advisory Board to announce that the Township is permanently protecting as open space nearly 12 acres of land off of Scott Drive, along the Waackaack Creek. The property contains significant wetlands, which will now be preserved as open space in perpetuity.
Township Committee of Hazlet Township Workshop Meeting Cancelled
Please take notice that the Township Committee of Hazlet Township has cancelled their Workshop Meeting scheduled for October 23, 2012 at 7 p.m. The next scheduled Workshop/Regular meeting is on November 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. respectively.
Volunteer EMS uses Billboard to Promote Membership
After 66 years of serving the Township and trying to constantly recruit new volunteers, the Hazlet Township First Aid and Rescue Squad is trying something new...a billboard. Located on State Highway 35 and Hazlet Ave. in Hazlet Township, Monmouth County NJ, the Squad has contracted to post a billboard for membership purposes which reads "What if...an ambulance is needed and no one responds? VOLUNTEER TODAY!"
Hazlet Day is September 29. All Are Welcome! On Sat., Sept. 29 Hazlet Recreation will hold its annual Festival in celebration of our great town and its people from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hundreds will be attending this all day event which is free to the public. Tables, games, community groups, rock wall/bungee trampoline, entertainment, music, trackless train, pony rides, tiger belly bouncer, obstacle course and much more will be set up in Veterans Memorial Park, 1776 Union Ave. Come join the fun! If you are a vendor interested in offering food, crafts or new merchandise call (732)739-0653. We would like you to celebrate this day with us. Rain date is September 30.