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MIDDLESEX COUNTY DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY
Residents Urged to Complete Preparations for Hurricane Sandy
Municipal Emergency Management Contacts Listed
OCTOBER 28, 2012 - Middlesex County Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano has declared a State of Emergency for Middlesex County effective 5 p.m. today as Hurricane Sandy continues its path toward New Jersey.
"Declaring a State of Emergency gives the County Office of Emergency Management the ability to implement emergency plans and protocols, allows us to limit travel within the County if necessary, enables us to implement protective measures, including evacuation orders, to ensure the safety of our residents, and allows the County to make emergency purchases if resources are needed."
Rafano's declaration follows Gov. Chris Christie's order for a statewide State of Emergency.
Rafano said: "This is in the best interest of all our residents, our emergency management personnel, our first responders and utility crews."
He added: "I urge all our residents and business owners to complete your storm preparations today. Make sure you have plans if you are asked to evacuate and expect the possibility of being without power."
No travel limits or evacuation orders have been put into place for Middlesex County as of 5 p.m. Sunday.
Experts expect the storm to hit the area early Monday morning, bringing sustained high winds, rain and possibly snow through Tuesday.
County officials are coordinating with local municipalities and with the State of New Jersey for overall response to the storm system.
The County's Emergency Operations Center will be staffed with 24-hour coverage throughout the duration of storm.
County officials have identified resources and are ready to activate sheltering plans, should they be needed.
All residents are instructed to contact their municipal Office of Emergency Management for information about shelters and other resources. (Please see below for a list of contact numbers for each town and information about various local resources.)
The County will operate two regional shelters for residents who cannot go to local shelters:
· Old Bridge Shelter, Carl Sandburg School, 3439 Route 516, is now open (SUNDAY, OCT. 28).
· Woodbridge, Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main St., will open 10 p.m. today (SUNDAY, OCT. 28).
Please check back for updates on local resources.
MUNICIPAL OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CONTACT NUMBERS
CARTERET -- 732-541-4007
Shelters: Carteret Middle School - 220 Carteret Ave - opens 6 a.m. Monday
Nathan Hale School - Haywood & Roosevelt - opens 6 a.m. Monday
CRANBURY - 609-395-0031
DUNELLEN - 732-968-3000
EAST BRUNSWICK -- 732-432-6004
Reception Center - Trinity Presbyterian Church on Cranbury Road - opens 8 p.m. today
EDISON -- 732-248-7400
Shelter - Edison Senior Center - 2963 Woodbridge Ave. - opens 8 p.m. today
HELMETTA -- 732-251-4100
HIGHLAND PARK -- 732-572-3800
JAMESBURG - 732-521-0011
METUCHEN - 732-632-8500
MIDDLESEX BOROURGH - 732-356-1900
MILLTOWN - 732-828-1100
Reception Center - Firehouses on Cottage Ave. and South Main St.
MONROE TOWNSHIP -- 732-521-0222
Shelter: Monroe Twp High School - opening will be communicated via Reverse 911
NEW BRUNSWICK -- 732-745-5200
Free Parking for residents to move their cars to higher ground will be located at the Morris Street Parking deck
NORTH BRUNSWICK -- 732-247-7272
OLD BRIDGE - 732-721-5600
PERTH AMBOY -- 732-442-4400
PISCATAWAY -- 732-562-1100
PLAINSBORO -- 609-799-2333
SAYREVILLE -- 732-727-4444
Senior Citizens Center, 425 Main St. - opens 8 a.m. Monday
SOUTH AMBOY -- 732-721-0111
SOUTH RIVER -- 732-613-6112
SOUTH BRUNSWICK -- 732-329-4646
SOUTH PLAINFIELD -- 908-755-0700
SPOTSWOOD -- 732-251-2121
WOODBRIDGE -- 732-634-7700