The NJ Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) is monitoring a low pressure and severe storm system, which is expected to impact the state tomorrow and Friday, bringing with it heavy rain, high winds in some areas, and potential flooding. The State Emergency Operations Center will activate at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow and remain open as long as conditions dictate.
“This is a complex storm, and a complex forecast due to the amount of rain we’ve recently experienced,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, State Police Superintendent and Director of the NJ Office of Emergency Management. “We are closely monitoring the situation with our partners from the National Weather Service and the County Offices of Emergency Management. Be especially careful if you are on the road. We also remind drivers not to drive through ponded or standing water, on roads impacted by heavy rain. Those who live in river communities should be aware of the potential for flooding, and follow instructions if given by local emergency officials.”
The NJOEM offers a number of ways to maintain situational awareness about severe weather events. Visit the NJOEM website for an extensive list of resources for obtaining information about emergencies: http://www.ready.nj.gov/plan/staying_informed.html
New Jersey residents should also stay connected with their county OEMs via social media and county emergency alerting systems. Links to County OEM social media pages and alert systems can be found at: http://www.ready.nj.gov/about/association.html
For information about severe weather preparedness, visit: www.ready.nj.gov.