Borough of Manasquan, New Jersey

Hurricane Sandy Storm
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April 18, 2013

Sandy Recovery and Resources Update


April 2, 2013

Super Storm Sandy - Assistance Available


January 24, 2013

FEMA EXTENDS DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR HURRICANE SANDY ASSISTANCE

TRENTON, N.J. — Survivors of Hurricane Sandy now have until March 1, 2013, to register for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

People with storm losses in all counties in New Jersey can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. Registration is also available by calling 800-621-3362, TTY 800-462-7585 or 711/VRS. The toll-free telephone numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week.

The deadline was extended one month at the request of the state of New Jersey. Through Wednesday, Jan. 23, more than 57,500 storm survivors have been approved for help through FEMA’s Individual Assistance program in New Jersey.

The disaster registration process serves as a referral point for FEMA programs and those of partner agencies such as the U.S. Small Business Administration, American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

FEMA disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

The SBA has also set March 1 as the date for homeowners, renters and business owners to complete and return SBA disaster loan applications. Visit www.sba.gov or call 800-659-2955, TTY 800-877-8339 for more information.


January 18, 2013

SBA DISASTER LOAN DEADLINE - Nearly 130,000 individuals (homeowners, property owners, and renters) have registered with FEMA for assistance and have received an SBA disaster loan application, but only 15,300 applications have been returned so far.

Individuals who have delayed in registering with FEMA may not be getting access to the federal disaster assistance programs they need or are eligible for.  Furthermore, while 35,700 businesses have also registered with FEMA for assistance and have received an SBA disaster loan application, fewer than 2,500 applications have been received so far.  Business owners, homeowners, renters, and property owners who have declined to submit an SBA disaster loan application for business or home repairs, or property replacement, may limit their ability to ultimately obtain grants and other assistance that may become available.

It is crucial that individuals register with FEMA and that businesses and individuals complete the SBA loan application so State officials can compile an accurate, comprehensive picture of the damage and the need for additional disaster recovery assistance.

- Moreover, for businesses, an SBA Disaster Loan represents the best opportunity for disaster assistance.  While there are other programs that will provide assistance, those programs may be less comprehensive and more limited than what SBA Loans offer.

- In addition, programs that may be available in the future will most likely be tied to the SBA Disaster Loan application.  This is why it is crucial for homeowners, renters, and businesses to take advantage of the SBA Disaster Loan Program.

JANUARY 30 IS THE DEADLINE - for individuals, small businesses, and private non-profit organizations in Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, and Union counties to apply for physical property damage loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

We urge you to advise the individuals and businesses you serve to register with FEMA to get their immediate needs met and to complete the SBA loan application to ensure that opportunities for future assistance remain open.

THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS TO APPLY:

- Apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

- For information about the disaster loan process, or to have an application mailed to you, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or call 1-800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing).

- Or by visiting a Disaster Recovery Center.  A list of DRCs can be found here: http://www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers


January 15, 2013

HELP SPREAD WORD THAT DEADLINE CLOSING IN
If you know anyone still struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy please remind them the deadline to register for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency is Jan. 30.

FEMA disaster assistance may include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

STILL LOOKING FOR A NEW RENTAL?
The state of New Jersey and FEMA have identified more than 700 homes and apartments available for rent in Atlantic, Monmouth and Ocean counties.

The exact number of available rentals fluctuates as units are occupied and new listings are added, but up-to-date listings can be found at www.socialserve.com where you can select the New Jersey link to do a search.

DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE DEADLINE NEARS
The deadline to apply for disaster unemployment assistance is Feb. 4.
The program covers self-employed individuals and others left jobless as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy and who may not be covered by regular unemployment insurance.

If you plan to file a disaster unemployment assistance claim, you must first file a claim for regular unemployment assistance.

HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY RESOURCES
FEMA
FEMA disaster assistance registration and helpline: 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 800-462-7585

Apply online for assistance: DisasterAssistance.gov

Smartphone/tablet: m.FEMA.gov/Sandy

Find the nearest disaster recovery center: FEMA.gov/DRC or text "DRC" and your "zip code" to 43362

Small Business Administration
Customer service center: 800-659-2955, TTY 800-877-8339

Disaster assistance website: SBA.gov/DisasterAssistance

Resources for Additional Needs
New Jersey disaster case management: 877-510-6762 or email at dcmNewJersey@CatholicCharitiesUSA.org

Cleanup resources and local recovery efforts: 2-1-1 or online at NJ211.org

NJ Helps: NJhelps.org

American Red Cross: 800-733-2767 or online at RedCross.org

New Jersey Hope and Healing: 877-294-HELP (4357), TTY 877-294-4356

Disaster legal services: 888-541-1900

Disaster unemployment: Online at NJuifile.net


December 31

STORM RELATED PERMIT FEES WAIVED EXTENDED

Permit fees associated with storm related damage has been extended to February 28, 2013.


December 23

Borough of Manasquan Emergency Protection and Recovery Plan


December 17

SURVIVORS MUST CONTACT FEMA TO KEEP TEMPORARY HOUSING ASSISTANCE

If you received temporary housing assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and continue to have a housing need, you must fill out an important form for additional short-term rental assistance.

FEMA mails all applicants who receive temporary rental assistance the "Declaration for Continuing Need for Rental Assistance" form. It reaffirms that applicants have an ongoing need for temporary housing while they search for a permanent place to live.

This form is mailed 15 days after applicants receive their initial rental assistance grant.
Applicants who need additional rental assistance must complete the form and mail it back to FEMA at the address printed on the form.
If you don't have the form, or have questions about temporary housing assistance, contact FEMA's toll-free helpline by phone or 711/VRS at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585.
FEMA rental assistance lasts for a short-term period, so it's important for survivors to have a permanent housing plan. Returning to a permanent home is a significant milestone on the road to recovery.

FEMA's Individuals and Household Program may provide grants for temporary housing assistance, as well as medical, dental and funeral expenses, which do not require processing through the Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan process. However, applicants who receive an SBA loan application must submit them to SBA for possible consideration for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage.

 


December 15, 10:53PM

FEMA BASE FLOOD ELEVATION MAP UPDATE 4
Saturday 10:53 am

This morning the Borough of Manasquan participated in another FEMA Base Flood Elevation conference call. 

Good News: The Maps are on line and working.

We went through the tutorials and they were very helpful. 

Many questions were posed and additional meetings from FEMA will be taking place for municipal officials. We have been told that FEMA will assist in local information meetings also.

Here it is:
http://www.region2coastal.com/sandy/abfe

If you prefer to access the FEMA Advisory Quick Tool - all you need to do is enter your address and the information is listed in seconds on your parcel, including before and after flood advisory information.
http://www.region2coastal.com/sandy/table

 


December 14, 11:45AM

FEMA BASE FLOOD ELEVATION MAP UPDATE 2:
Late Thursday afternoon the Borough of Manasquan received notice from FEMA and the Governor's office that there will be a "listen" only conference call tomorrow afternoon for elected officials regarding a discussion of the release of the FEMA Flood Elevation Maps.

Additionally, the notice indicated that the maps would be released this Saturday on the www.region2coastal.com website

Unfortunately earlier in the week the Borough of Manasquan scheduled a meeting with members of the Planning Board to discuss the proposed revised ordinance for introduction on the 17th. However, without the map elevation information, it was impossible to discuss any proposed ordinances. 

Because of the lateness of the map release and the unknown information in the map, it is not feasible statutorily and practically to introduce and adopt an ordinance in 2012. NJ State laws prohibit introducing an ordinance in one year and having a 2nd reading in another year. With the number of dates required between the two readings and the requirement to meet with the Planning Board also, it make it nearly impossible to have an ordinance prepared properly, especially since no municipality has been able to review the information to make an informed decision.

If additional information is made available after the Friday telephone conference meeting, we will post it here.


December 10, 5:45PM

FEMA BASE FLOOD ELEVATION MAP UPDATE:

Today, December 10th, the FEMA Base Flood Elevation maps were scheduled to be distributed at this morning’s meeting of the State Mitigation Unit held in Monmouth County.  Municipalities at this morning’s meeting were advised that the maps were delivered to the Governor’s office and are currently under review.

Municipalities were not advised when the maps will be released to the public by the Governor’s office only to say the maps should be released shortly.

Once the Borough of Manasquan has the base map information, we will post it here.  Additionally, this information will be used to determine changes to our building height restrictions.  Map information will also be posted on the website below.

http://www.region2coastal.com/


 

December 6, 11:45PM

The Department has issued the following guidance for use in addressing electrical systems in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Guidelines for construction permits

December 5, 11:15PM

There was a serious fire this morning approximately 5:30am in the beach area this morning in the area of Pompano and First. The fire started at 290 First Ave and then traveled to the adjoining and beachfront properties.

The fire was first reported to the police department by a resident passing the area.  Manasquan Fire Companies were immediately dispatched with the first fire units being on scene. Mutual Aid was requested from Brielle, Sea Girt, South Wall and Spring Lake Heights fire companies as well as traffic control from the Brielle PD.  There were no injuries. Cause of fire is still under review at the County.

December 5, 7:15PM

Department of Community Affairs Storm Recovery Information for Mechanical and Plumbing Guidance

 

December 3, 6:40PM

THE NEXT STEP IN STORM RECOVERY WORKSHOP

The Churches of the Manasquan Area Ministerium will be hosting an informational forum for people who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy entitled “Next Steps to Recovery.” The meeting will be on Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 4pm to 6pm at First Presbyterian Church with a presenation at 5pm.

The hope is to provide needed information about the recovery process and to determine current and future needs of those impacted by the storm. Invited speakers include: local government, OEM, FEMA, support counselors, mold / storm remediation specialists, etc.

In addition to brief presentations to the group, each speaker will be available for questions and answers in small groups following the large group meeting.

For more information please contact
ManasquanAreaChurches@gmail.com

http://www.fpcom.org/


December 3, 6:40PM

FEMA FLOOD ELEVATION INFORMATION

During the week of December 10th, FEMA will be releasing its advisory flood elevation information and other information regarding flood insurance and grants. This will effect all properties, especially those that are looking to rebuild.

Last week there was a telephone conference with municipalities across the state and information shared has been listed on the website below.

Although the information is specifically for floodplain managers and local officials, it will give you insight on what to expect with the new floodplain information. Please take the time to review these. More information is expected within the next few weeks.

http://www.njslom.org/letters/Advisory%20BFE%20Overview%20Presentation%20Local%20Officials%2011-27-12_508%20compliant.pdf

Supporting information from FEMA regarding flood maps.
Take a look!

http://www.region2coastal.com/sandy


November 27, 5:45PM

PROPERTY OWNERS IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE

This weekend, volunteers from the First Presbyterian Church will be available to shovel sand and offer assistance.  However, at this time, there are only a few requests, but many volunteers from the organization. 

Keep in mind with the storm debris removal coming to a close within the next few weeks, now is the time to have volunteers to help you with your property situation.

If you or someone that you know needs assistance to move sand or other items, please contact the First Presbyterian Church

November 27, 3:00PM

A NOTICE FROM THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE

It has been determined that mail delivery will resume in the area between the bridges and the beach except for First Avenue & Beachfront where there is still heavy machinery and utility work being done. 

Additionally, any structure that has been tagged as condemned will not receive delivery.  Please note that the United States Postal Service will continue to attempt mail delivery where there is safe access to roads and customers’ mail boxes and are committed to restoring regular delivery and mail service as quickly as possible to customers in affected areas. 

Customers who are going to be displaced from their homes for an extended period might want to consider a temporary change of address to their new location.  For the latest information on service disruptions in areas affected by hurricane Sandy, visit www.usps.com/news to review the state specific announcements or call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777). 

November 27, 2012, 11:00AM

STORM RELATED DEBRIS REMOVAL

The FINAL day to place storm related debris out on the curb will be Monday December 10th.  After December 10th the Borough will return to normal debris and sanitation removal under existing code regulations.

To expedite debris removal, please do not leave debris on telephone poles, fire hydrants, meters, etc. Do not place debris on the road prohibiting two way traffic.

November 27, 2012, 11:00AM

NOTICE TO BEACH AREA RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS: ACCESS UPDATE

On Monday December 3, 2012 the restricted access area east of the bridges to the beach will be lifted. Curfews in this area will continue to be in effect after the 3rd until further notice.

Therefore, we advise that any properties that are currently exposed to the public plan on making the necessary precautions to prevent unauthorized individuals from obtaining access to your properties.

Debris haulers and sand movers will continue to conduct their recovery operations but will only require minimal staffing.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience during our recovery.

November 23, 2012, 2:45PM

GLIMMER GLASS BRIDGE NOTICE

Glimmer Glass Bridge remains closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic at this time.  However, should the Borough experience tidal flooding in the area of Brielle Road, the Glimmer Glass Bride will be opened by our emergency response team to allow traffic out of the area.

However, lifting the access restrictions continue to be reviewed by the Borough and County and will be discussed by the office of emergency management command team next week.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience during our recovery.

November 23, 2012, 2:45PM

NOTICE TO BEACH AREA RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS

At this time the area east of the bridges remain under restricted access.  Debris haulers and sand movers are still conducting their recovery operations and require the minimal amount of interference from traffic and pedestrians.

However, lifting the access restrictions continue to be reviewed and will be discussed by the office of emergency management command team next week.

Therefore, we advise that any properties that are currently exposed to the public plan on making the necessary precautions to prevent unauthorized individuals from obtaining access to your properties.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience during our recovery.

November 23, 2012, 2:45PM

NOTICE - CODE PERMITS AND PASS DISTRIBUTION CHANGES

Starting Monday November 26, 2012, code permits and pass distribution will revert back to Borough Hall, 201 East Main Street, 2nd floor Construction Code Office beginning at 8:30am.

Please be advised that passes and code permits will no longer be available at the DCI/Recreation Building on Atlantic Avenue starting Monday.  This area will be closed.

Again to access east of the bridges for property owners and their contractor, you must gain a pass if you do not have one already.  This will now only be available at Borough Hall  201 East Main Street, Manasquan, 2nd Floor, Construction Code Department.  This information is the same for anyone looking for permits or permit information.

Thank you for your patience as we resume our recovery efforts.

November 21, 2012, 5:30PM

College Students home for the holidays?

Adults having a strong desire for physical activity?

Then we want you!

The Fisherman’s Cove and County Park located along 3rd Avenue is in desperate need of a clean up after the ravages of Hurricane Sandy.  So help Restore OUR Shore and join us on Friday.

See Below for Details
Friday, November 23, 2012
10:00 a.m. - Meet at Mallard Park and sign in.
Leave Mallard Park at 10:15 a.m. to be escorted over the bridge.
Wear old clothes, boots, and bring work gloves if you have them.
Water and snacks will be provided throughout the day.

November 16, 2012, 10:30PM

ELECTRIC UPDATE:
All initial field inspections, required by JCP&L, were completed on Thursday evening by local and state inspectors for the entire borough, including the beach area.  All information has been forwarded and received by JCP&L

November 16, 2012, 7:10PM

Beach Access & Temporary Code Offices
Access to beach areas remains restricted to residents and authorized contractors only.  Passes may be obtained at the DCI/Recreation Building located on the 67 Atlantic Avenue from 8am to 4pm daily thru Wednesday. 
Construction Code officials will also be available at the DCI Recreation Building Monday through Wednesday from 830 to 4 p.m.

All recreation activities operating out of this facility have been cancelled until further notice.

CURFEW EFFECTIVE 6PM FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16TH
The previously issued curfew for areas west of the bridges is no longer in effect.  A curfew does remain in effect between the hours of 6pm to 6am for all areas east of the bridges (Watson’s Creek).

November 16, 2012, 6:00PM

Glimmer Glass Bridge Update Friday 6pm
The Glimmer Glass Bridge between Brielle & Manasquan remains closed to vehicular traffic until further notice to allow for structural repairs. Once the repairs are completed, we expect the bridge to be reopened for residential vehicular traffic with the existing 3 ton weight limit.

The bridge has 30 minute scheduled openings for vessel traffic beginning on Saturday and continuing until further notice:
9AM, 11AM, 2PM & 4PM daily
Mariners may request an alternate opening with at least 48 hours notice by contacting Jon Moren with the Monmouth County Bridge Department at (732) 431-7760 or (732) 308-2963 during normal business hours.

You can also access the latest county updates online at www.visitmonmouth.com

November 16, 2012, 6:00PM

Post Office Update Friday 6pm
The US Post Office in in Manasquan will resume normal business hours beginning Saturday November 17th.

Residential mail delivery will also resume Saturday, November 17th for all areas west of the bridges. Residential mail delivery will resume east of the bridges once the area is deemed safe.

November 16, 2012, 6:00PM

At Manasquan United Methodist church on the corner of South & Church Streets 
Hot Dinners from 4- 8 pm every night; eat in or take out 
FREE hair cuts from 3-6 pm this Saturday only 
Free Thanksgiving dinner 2-4 pm Thursday

November 15, 2012, 6:00PM

New Jersey Natural Gas - Daily Update on Service Restoration

 

November 15, 2012, 7:07AM

The Glimmer Glass Bridge between Brielle & Manasquan remains closed to vehicular traffic until further notice. Once the beach area is opened up to the general public, we expect the bridge to be reopened for vehicular traffic with the existing 3 ton weight limit.

The bridge has 30 minute scheduled openings for vessel traffic at the following times this Saturday, November 17: 9AM, 11AM, 2PM & 4PM.

Mariners may request an alternate opening with at least 48 hours notice by contacting Jon Moren with the Monmouth County Bridge Department at (732) 431-7760 or (732) 308-2963 during normal business hours.

You can also access the latest county updates online at www.visitmonmouth.com

November 14, 2012, 9:30PM

Help Us Help Others… We need your help!

Do you know anyone who needs help with cleaning, moving items, sheet rock removal, packing, sand removal, insulation removal or other physical labor.  Please let us know! 

Is there another task not mentioned here that can be accomplished by volunteers?
Please Let Us Know!

The First Presbyterian Church of Manasquan has volunteer teams waiting to help!
We have plenty of volunteers offering to help – and they are waiting for you and the residents of Manasquan.

You can email us with at HurricaneSandy@manasquan-nj.com your name, address, phone number and type of help needed or you can email them directly at sandyrelief@fpcom.org.   
http://www.fpcom.org/

November 14, 2012, 9:30PM

Disaster Information:

The Borough's Disaster Recovery Information Center has been relocated to the second floor of Borough Hall, at 201 East Main Street. You can contact the Disaster Recovery Hotline at (732) 223-0544 extension 238.  The Center is currently open Monday thru Friday from 9AM to 4PM.  Please use this line for any and all questions.  Please do not call Police Headquarters or 911 unless it is an actual emergency. 

Beach access passes and construction code information:

Access to beach areas remains restricted to residents and authorized contractors only.  Passes may be obtained at the DCI/Recreation Building located on the 67 Atlantic Avenue from 8am to 4pm.  All recreation activities operating out of this facility have been cancelled until further notice.

Access to restricted beach areas will be permitted with a valid pass across Main Street Bridge only.  Exiting will be permitted on Ocean Avenue.  Glimmer Glass Bridge is closed to vehicular traffic until further notice.The bridge has scheduled openings for vessel traffic at the following times this Saturday, November 17: 9AM, 11AM, 2PM & 4PM. Mariners may request an alternate opening with at least 48 hours notice by contacting the Monmouth County Bridge Department at (732) 308-2963 during normal business hours.

Trailers will be permitted in beach areas, but must be parked in lot at 4th Ave & Main Street. Residents must park off street whenever possible & no children are permitted unless accompanied by an adult.

Residents should place sand back on beach or at dead end of Brielle Road.  If that is not possible, they may place sand in street in a pile along curb line.

This is an extremely dangerous area with loads of heavy equipment operating, construction debris, unsecured utilities and unsafe building.  Please use caution at all time and report unsafe activities to the Borough Hall.

For vehicles operating, you must follow all traffic rules and regulations as Manasquan Police will be strictly enforcing speed limits and stop signs.


Shelter:

Please see the Disaster Recovery Information Center for the latest shelter information.  We have been notified that Fort Monmouth will be converted into an intermediate to long term housing for those in need, however this is expected to take at least a week to get established.  Additionally, if you have been displaced from your residence due to storm damage, make sure that you apply for FEMA assistance as you may be eligible for additional assistance.

FEMA Assistance:

Residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy must register with FEMA by calling FEMA’s individual assistance hotline at (800) 621-3362 or registering online at www.fema.gov .  In addition to damages sustained to your home, you may be eligible for a nightly allowance for short term housing and a monthly stipend for temporary relocation while you rebuild.  Manasquan has requested a mobile Disaster Recovery Center from FEMA and we will advise when and if one becomes available.

Power:

Currently the majority of the overhead restoration work has been completed in town.  The Beachfront Area which contains over 900 residences and many businesses is still not safe to energize.  Power crews and safety inspectors are canvassing the area and we are working to get everything up and running as soon as possible. 

Please follow these important safety regulations to assist us in safely energizing damaged grids:

Residents and business owners who have sustained any type of flooding to their residence, business or any structure that has power are advised to make sure their main breaker is in the OFF position and that the structure is isolated from the power grid. 

State electrical code inspectors are canvassing affected areas and inspecting for signs of water damage to primary electrical components.  If inspectors deem that your electrical meter and/or service panel has been impacted by storm surge and is not safe to energize, they are "red tagging" the meter and recording the address and JCP&L is removing the meter.   These units will not be energized until a licensed electrical contractor inspects the property, makes the necessary repairs, and provides the town with a written certification that the property is safe to energize. Furthermore, if repairs need to be made, an expedited permit will be issued and an inspection by Borough Construction Code officials will be conducted prior to restoration. If your meter has been removed by JCP&L and you believe your home was not flooded by the storm, the borough will provide an electrical code inspector to verify this at no cost to the homeowner. Please contact the Code Enforcement Department with your information and an inspector will be assigned when time permits.

Additionally, if your residence has been flooded and your residence has not been "Red Tagged", you are advised to not to turn your breaker on until your house has been inspected by a licensed electrician. 

Many areas that have had power restored to flooded homes have seen electrical and structural fires causing extensive damage and in some cases life threatening situations.  Again… if your house has been flooded, DO NOT turn your breaker on until your house has been inspected by a licensed electrician.

Once your house is safe to energize, the wording from your Licensed Electrician must state the following:
“I certify that the electrical panel and meter pan were not infiltrated by water or otherwise adversely impacted by the storm and the property is safe to energize. I understand that the Borough of Manasquan reserves the right to conduct a follow-up inspection to verify these findings and that any false statement is subject to fine and punishable to the fullest extent of the law including loss of license. ”

Gas:

New Jersey Resources reports that gas lines along the beachfront were significantly damaged and are currently being replaced.  Homeowners in the affected areas will receive a new residential service and gas meter that will be capped, and the valve will be locked with a tag in the closed position.  These homeowners must contact a local plumber to run a new connection to the meter as well as attain the required permit.  Once the connection has been made, a construction code official will inspect and advise NJR that the property is ready to be turned on and NJR will restore service.
Water:

Manasquan’s water supply is intact, 100% operational and 100% safe to drink.

United States Postal Service:

The Manasquan Post Office is allowing pick-up of mail by residents with proper ID.


Municipal Services:

 
All municipal services are operational and have resumed normal working hours.  The Construction Code Department will be operating out of the DCI/Recreation Building located on the 67 Atlantic Avenue until further notice.

Schools:

Manasquan School District has resumed normal schedule.  Please visit their website at www.manasquanschools.org for further information.

Donations:

You have been so generous.  As we continue with our recovery efforts,  the following donations would be most appreciative:

N95 Dusk Masks

Kitchen & Worrk Gloves

Detergent, Bleach, Mops & Construction Grade Garbage Bags
Flashlights & Batteries of all types, AAA, AA, D, Lantern & 9volt

Please bring donated items to one of the following churches:

First Baptist Church located on South Street at the Plaza where hot breakfast is being served daily

And..

United Methodist Curch located on South & Church Street where hot dinner is being served daily

The First Presbyterian Church located on the corner of South & Virginia is accepting food donations as they are the local food pantry and they are coordinating volunteer services. If you require any volunteer assistance, including dig-outs, cleaning, moving or demolitrion services, or any other type volunteer help, please contact them at sandyrelief@fpcom.org.

The Manasquan Elks located on the corner of Rt 71 & Stockton Lake Boulevard has also been established as a temporary distribution point.

The Borough of Manasquan has also announced a joint partnership with Wall Cares Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization founded to help others in need. Through this partnership, all funds donated will be targeted towards the assistance and restoration of the Borough of Manasquan as a result of the damage and destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Most importantly, 100% of the funds will go to Manasquan assistance while 0% of the funds will pay for administrative fees. That’s 100% donations for 100% Manasquan!  All donations are tax deductible. Corporate matching funds are also available, so please ask your employer.

Donors have two choices:

1. Manasquan Hurricane Public Relief Fund
– a trust fund set up to help individuals, organizations and groups in need as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Checks can be made out to Manasquan Hurricane Public Relief Fund and mail to the address below.

2. Manasquan Hurricane Restoration Fund
a trust fund created to help with the restoration of Borough of Manasquan beaches, parks, and facilities caused by Hurricane Sandy. Checks can be made out to Manasquan Hurricane Restoration Fund and mail to the address below.

Donations can also be made by credit card through pay pal or checks can be mailed to the Borough of Manasquan 201 East Main Street, Manasquan NJ 08736. Please note on check the fund you wish to donate.

Click here for the DONATION page on the Manasquan websitehttp://www.manasquan-nj.com/hurricane-donations.html

Verizon Services:

Verizon is currently operating a mobile service center, hotspot and charging station at Curtis Park located on Main Street at Wyckoff Ave.

Volunteers:

We ask all residents who wish to volunteer, to please offer your services to your neighbors, friends and family members affected.

November 13, 2012, 2:20PM

The Borough of Manasquan announces a joint partnership with Wall Cares Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization founded to help others in need.  Through this partnership, all funds donated will be targeted towards the assistance and restoration of the Borough of Manasquan as a result of the damage and destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Most importantly,  100% of the funds will go to Manasquan assistance while 0% of the funds will pay for administrative fees.  That’s 100% donations for 100% Manasquan!

All donations are tax deductible.  Corporate matching funds are also available.  Please ask your employer.

Click here for the donation page.

November 13, 2012, 2:20PM

UPDATE - ELECTRICAL SAFETY BULLETIN:
This is an extremely important message regarding power restoration:

Residents and business owners who have sustained any type of flooding to their residence, business or any structure that has power are advised to make sure their main breaker is in the OFF position and that the structure is isolated from the power grid. 

If inspectors deem that your electrical service panel has been impacted by storm surge and is not safe to energize, they are "red tagging" the meter and recording the address.  These units will not be energized until a licensed electrical contractor inspects the property and provides the town with a written certification that the property is safe to energize. Furthermore, if repairs need to be made, an expedited permit will be made and an inspection by Borough Construction Code officials will be conducted prior to restoration. If you believe your home was not flooded by the storm and the meter was pulled and/or “red tagged” the borough will provide an electrical code inspector to verify this at no cost to the homeowner. Please contact the code enforcement department with your information.

Additionally, if your residence has been flooded and your residence has not been "Red Tagged", you are advised to not to turn your breaker on until your house has been inspected by a licensed electrician. 

Many areas that have had power restored to flooded homes have seen electrical and structural fires causing extensive damage and in some cases life threatening situations.  Again… if your house has been flooded, DO NOT turn your breaker on until your house has been inspected by a licensed electrician.

Once your house is safe to energize, the wording from your Licensed Electrician should state the following:

“I certify that the electrical panel and meter pan were not infiltrated by water or otherwise adversely impacted by the storm and the property is safe to energize. I understand that the Borough of Manasquan reserves the right to conduct a follow-up inspection to verify these findings and that any false statement is subject to fine and punishable to the fullest extent of the law including loss of licensure.  ”

November 12, 2012, 11:30PM

As a result of recent electrical fire in Belmar, JCPL has recently required our local inspector’s offices to conduct field electrical inspection reviews in flood damaged areas.  With assistance of state inspectors, these inspections began last week.  Simple certifications from homeowners were sent to JCPL to process and power was restored on an individual basis.  However, today the State Department of Community Affairs contacted the borough to add the requirement for permits for each.  This evening the borough officials discussed implementing the quickest, most efficient means to address both the State and JCP&L conditions and provide both entities with their requirements to return power as soon as possible.

A Frequently Asked Question will be posted on this site shortly.  In the meantime, our code department business will continue at the DCI/Recreation Building, 67 Atlantic Avenue.  Questions can be forwarded to the Borough’s code department.

Asbury Park Press Article

November 10, 2012, 9:00PM

Borough Services Update - Power was restored late last evening to Borough Hall.  Therefore the Borough Hall will be fully operational begining Tuesday morning 8:30am.

DCI/Recreation Activities - Activities normally held at the Recreation Center on 67 Atlantic Avenue have been postponed until Monday November 19th due to Hurricane Sandy and code and pass office operations held at this location.

Recovery and Relief Services - The Disaster Recovery Center and hotline will be open at Borough Hall Sunday and Monday from 8am to 4pm.

Code and Passes will also be available at the DCI/Recreation Center at 67 Atlantic Avenue  Sunday and Monday from 8am to 4pm.


November 10, 2012, 1:00AM

Service to Majority of Jersey Central Power & Light Customers to Be Restored by Saturday
Mon Power Restoration Work Continues
 
More than 14,500 FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) professionals, outside contractors and utility workers are restoring service to Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) customers following last week's Hurricane Sandy and this week's nor'easter.

Approximately 168,000 JCP&L customers in New Jersey remain without power. Since yesterday, crews restored power to approximately 100,000 customers.

Today, an additional 1,200 line workers are traveling to New Jersey from the northeast to join nearly 7,000 line workers already on the ground. With these additional resources, the majority of customers who do not have power, including those who experienced new outages as a result of the nor'easter, will have power restored by Saturday evening. In some communities where service wires to individual homes must be replaced, power will be restored by Sunday evening. Devastated areas, mostly in the barrier islands where crews were not able to begin service restoration until recently, will extend into next week.

In West Virginia, more than 3,000 utility workers, including 1,300 linemen, continue to repair damage caused by high wind and wet, heavy snow in the higher elevations. Crews have replaced more than 600 distribution poles and work continues to replace an additional 400-plus poles, of which 220 are off-road poles. Currently, approximately 11,700 Mon Power customers remain without service, and power has been restored to about 230,000 customers affected by the storm. Restoration for customers in the most heavily damaged areas, including parts of Barbour, Nicholas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur and Webster counties should be completed by the end of the weekend.

As restoration work continues, customers are cautioned never to touch downed lines. Always assume downed wires are carrying electricity and keep children and pets away from them. Downed wires should be reported immediately to your electric company or local police or fire department. Customers should never try to remove trees or limbs from power lines because they could conduct electricity. They should wait for emergency services or utility crews to arrive.

To report an outage, customers should call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877). If power has been restored to your neighbors, but your power remains out, be sure to report the outage. The issue could be isolated to an individual home and require further repairs.

To ensure the safety of the home's occupants as well as that of utility company employees who may be working on power lines in the area, the proper generator should be selected and installed by a qualified electrician. When operating a generator, always disconnect the power coming into the home so power from the generator is not sent back onto the utility company lines, creating a hazardous situation for utility workers.

For updated information on the company's current outages, FirstEnergy's storm restoration process and tips for staying safe, visit the 24/7 Power Center at www.firstenergycorp.com/outages. JCP&L customers can find the latest information on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JCPandL. FirstEnergy operating companies also are providing updates via Twitter @JCP_L and @MonPowerWV.

November 9, 2012, 5:45PM

SAFETY BULLETIN:

This is an extremely important message regarding power restoration:

Residents and business owners who have sustained any type of flooding to their residence, business or any structure that has power are advised to make sure their main breaker is in the OFF position and that the structure is isolated from the power grid.  Once this has been accomplished, please secure a note on your Electric Meter on the outside of the residence stating that the power main is in the off position.  This will assist electrical code inspectors that ware making their rounds throughout affected neighborhoods over the weekend, and will speed up power restoration in these areas.

If inspectors deem that your electrical service panel has been impacted by storm surge and is not safe to energize, they are "red tagging" the meter and recording the address.  These units will not be energized until a licensed electrical contractor inspects the property and provides the town with a written certification that the property is safe to energize. If repairs need to be made, an expedited permit will be made and an inspection by Borough Construction Code officials will be conducted prior to restoration.

Additionally, if your residence has been flooded and your residence has not been "Red Tagged", you are advised to not to turn your breaker on until your house has been inspected by a licensed electrician. 

Many areas that have had power restored to flooded homes have seen electrical and structural fires causing extensive damage and in some cases life threatening situations.  Again… if your house has been flooded, DO NOT turn your breaker on until your house has been inspected by a licensed electrician.

Donations:

You have been so generous.  As we continue with our recovery efforts, many people have request certain items at we do not have any to give.  If you wish to donate, these would be most appreciative:

N95 Dusk Masks

Kitchen & Worrk Gloves

Detergent, Bleach, Mops & Construction Grade Garbage Bags

Flashlights & Batteries of all types, AAA, AA, D, Lantern & 9volt

NO Clothing of Food will be accepted at this time as we are overwhelmed.

Please bring donated items to one of the following churches:

First Baptist located on South Street at the Plaza Where hot breakfast will be also served daily

And..

United Methodist located on South & Church Street where hot dinner will be served daily

The First Presbyterian Church located on the corner of South & Virginia is accepting food donations as they are the local food pantry.

Disaster Information:

The Borough has established a Disaster Recovery Information Center located on the first floor of Borough Hall, at 201 East Main Street. You can contact the Disaster Recovery Hotline at (732) 223-0544 extension 238.  The Center is currently open 7 days a week from 9AM to 4PM.  Please use this line for any and all questions.  Please do not call Police Headquarters unless it is an actual emergency. 

Beach access passes and construction code information:

Beach access passes and construction code officials will be operating out of the DCI/Recreation Building located on the 67 Atlantic Avenue from 8am to 4pm.  Construction code officials will be available 8 am to noon on Saturday.

Access with valid pass will be allowed across Main Street Bridge only.  Exiting will be permitted on Ocean Avenue.  Glimmer Glass Bridge is Closed until further notice.

Trailers will be permitted, but must be parked in lot at 4th Ave & Main Street. Residents must park off street whenever possible & No Children will be allowed at this time.

Residents should place sand back on beach or at dead end of Brielle Road.  If that is not possible, they may place sand in street in a pile along curb line.

This is an extremely dangerous area with loads of heavy equipment operating, construction debris, unsecured utilities and unsafe building.  Please use caution at all time and report unsafe activities to the Borough Hall.

For vehicles operating, you must follow all traffic rules and regulations as Manasquan Police will be strictly enforcing speed limits and stop signs.

Curfew:

A curfew remains in effect between the hours of 7PM and 7AM.  Persons are subject to arrest during this time period.

Debris:

Place storm debris on curb not blocking street or sidewalk. Please separate tree limbs and brush from garbage.  We will pick up as soon as possible.

Power:

Please visit JCP&Ls website for the latest outage and restoration information at: www.firstenergycorp.com

Water:

Manasquan’s water supply is intact, 100% operational and 100% safe to drink.

United States Postal Service:

The Manasquan Post Office is allowing pick-up of mail by residents with proper ID.

Shelter:

A shelter being run Monmouth County is located at the Arthur Brisbane Child Treatment Center on Atlantic Avenue in Wall Township.  Please see the Disaster Recovery Information Center for directions and entrance forms.

Municipal Services:

 The Borough Hall non-essential services are discontinued until further notice.

Schools:

Manasquan School District will reopen for all teachers and students beginning Monday, November 12. Please visit their website at www.manasquanschools.org for further information.

FEMA Assistance:

Please call FEMA’s individual assistance hotline at (800) 621-3362 or visit the Disaster Recovery Center for the latest information.

Displaced residents are advised that FEMA is providing $96/night reimbursement for up to 14 days for displaced residents staying in area hotels/motels.  You must first register at http://www.fema.gov/what-disaster-assistance .

Volunteers:

We ask all residents who wish to volunteer, to please offer your services to your neighbors, friends and family members affected.

The latest information will be available at the Disaster Recover Information Center hotline at (732) 223-0544 ext. 238 and on the Borough’s website
www.manasquan-nj.com

November 9, 2012, 10:45AM

Manasquan School District will reopen for all teachers and students beginning Monday, November 12. Please visit their website at www.manasquanschools.org for further information

November 9, 2012, 9:30AM

Tips for Customers Requesting Service Reconnections

Thousands of Jersey Central Power & Light customers sustained significant damage to their homes and businesses as a result of Hurricane Sandy.  As repairs are completed, customers will need to have their service reconnected.  

Here are some tips and information to make the reconnection process easier.

There are dedicated Service Crews handling reconnection work.

Residents should have a licensed electrician make repairs to their homes.

  • If the customer has a functioning electrical service entrance, including the meter – JCP&L will complete the service reconnection.
  • If the meter was removed due to severe damage or flooding – JCP&L will install a new meter after the service is repaired by a qualified electrician and inspected by a state inspector.
  • The inspector will provide certification that the work has been done properly, and will fax the cut-in card to 888-914-9140.
  • The inspector will attach a sticker with the inspection date on the meter pan.

Customers should have their home address or account number when calling the company to request reconnection.

Because of the volume of requests, it could take a few days for service to be reconnected.

To schedule a service reconnection, customers should call 1-800-662-3115.

November 9, 2012, 9:00AM

Power outages continue to plague N.J. in wake of Sandy, nor'easter

November 9, 2012, 9:00AM

Property Tax and Water/Sewer Bill Dates Extended
Among the several Hurricane Sandy Relief items approved today by the Mayor and Council, property tax and water/sewer bill grace period/due dates have been extended to November 30, 2012.  Please note that the due date is based on when received at borough hall and not postmarked.  For further questions, please contact our tax collector Valerie Bills 732-223-2292 x239.

Permit Fees Waived
Another of the several Hurricane Sandy Relief items approved by Mayor and Council included waiving construction permit fees to December 31, 2012 for related Hurricane Sandy damages.  Although permit fees have been waived, you must still secure a permit.  Not only it the law but also provides safety against unnecessary damage, fire and other hazards.  Call our construction office at 732-223-0544 x253

Construction Office and Passes extend hours to weekend and Monday
Continuing to provide the necessary Hurricane Sandy recovery service to residents, the satellite construction code office and pass distribution will stay open this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (November 10-12) from 8am to 4pm at the DCI/Recreation Building located at 67 Atlantic Avenue.

Need Your Immediate HELP!
As residents move items from their homes and other help, we are in dire need of dust masks (N-95) and work gloves.  Any help in donating these items would be much appreciated.

NEED ASSISTANCE?

If you are in need of assistance, please send us a message to this facebook page with your name, address, phone and/or email and type of need requested. We are compiling a list to help provide additional assistance to those in need.

Looking for a place to Rent – Have a place to Rent – Know a Place to Rent
Post it on Facebook!

As a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, many have been displaced while may have offered or know of places to rent. Let’s share this information here and help each other in our time of need.

November 9, 2012, 12:30AM

Mayor and Council meets to Take Action on Hurricane Sandy Relief Items

Although power was out at Borough Hall Council Chambers, the Governing Body decided that it would be better to meet in the light rather than the dark.  In an unprecedented move, the Governing Body held its special meeting outside Borough Hall on the parking lot grounds and took several measures of action to the residents, property owners, and businesses of Manasquan:

November 9, 2012, 12:25AM

Hurricane Debris Removal
Through Executive Order #104, the Governor as executed a cooperative Hurricane Sandy clean-up contract on November 2, 2012 under Contract  AG-063 with AshBritt, Inc. of Deerfield Beach, Florida for the purposes of addressing an emergent need contract for  State or Local Government entity roads and properties.  Taking swift and decisive action to remove the debris in the Borough’s hardest hit areas, this state contact was approved today (November 8th).   Additionally, the Borough also took action to retain Arcadis U.S. Inc., of Fair Lawn NJ for the purposes monitoring debris removal, applying and administering FEMA funds for this activity.  Both actions together maximize the amount of reimbursement for the borough from 75% to 100% of these costs.  Both companies are experts in the field of disaster debris removal and FEMA reimbursements.  Both companies have been authorized by the State under the State’s cooperative contract provisions for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.  Manasquan has taken the lead among our neighboring communities to take advantage of the Governor’s Executive Order for debris removal and FEMA reimbursements.

IMPORTANT
Debris Removal will begin this Saturday, November 10th in the area from the railroad tracks to the bridges (Watson’s Creek).  Several haulers will be in the area for the removal debris at curbside from daylight to dusk.  To help this process, please refer to the Borough’s website www.manasquan-nj.com for the best way to have your hurricane damaged debris removed.  Please try your best to follow the suggested separated debris for the quickest removal from your area.

Debris removal will happen all weekend and through the week.  Once the first area between the railroad tracks and the bridges are removed on first pass, the haulers will go to the area between the bridges to the beach.  Homeowners in the area between the bridges to the beach are advised to place items close to, but not in, the street during this extended weekend to afford the best possible pickup later in the week.

Why is this important? – FEMA will reimburse the maximum percent to the Borough within the first pass.  The more the contractor has to return to the same area, the less FEMA will reimburse, costing the borough more in tax dollars.

Debris Segregation PSA sample 1 (large file 6.6MB) PDF

Debris Segregation PSA sample 2 PDF

Debris Segregation PSA sample 3 PDF

November 8, 2012, 5:30PM

SAFETY BULLETIN:

This is an extremely important message from the Manasquan Fire Department to all residents impacted by last week’s storm surge…

Any persons who have sustained any type of flooding to their residence, business or any structure that has power are advised to make sure their main breaker is in the OFF position and that the structure is isolated from the power grid.  Furthermore you are advised to not to turn your breaker on until your house has been inspected by a licensed electrician.

Many areas that have had power restored to flooded homes have seen electrical and structural fires causing extensive damage and in some cases life threatening situations.  Again… if your house has been flooded, DO NOT turn your breaker on until your house has been inspected by a licensed electrician.

Donations:
As we continue with our recovery efforts, many people have request certain items at we do not have any to give.  If you wish to donate, these would be most appreciative:

N95 Dusk Masks

Kitchen & Worrk Gloves

Detergent, Bleach, Mops & Construction Grade Garbage Bags

Flashlights & Batteries of all types, AAA, AA, D, Lantern & 9volt

NO Clothing of Food will be accepted at this time as we are overwhelmed.

Please bring donated items to one of the following churches:

First Baptist located on South Street at the Plaza Where hot breakfast will be also served daily

And..

United Methodist located on South & Church Street where hot dinner will be served daily

The First Presbyterian Church located on the corner of South & Virginia is accepting food donations as they are the local food pantry.


Disaster Information:
The Borough has established a Disaster Recovery Information Center located on the first floor of Borough Hall, at 201 East Main Street. You can contact the Disaster Recovery Hotline at (732) 223-0544 extension 238.  The Center is currently open 7 days a week from 9AM to 4PM.  Please use this line for any and all questions.  Please do not call Police Headquarters unless it is an actual emergency. 

Beach access passes and construction code information:

Beach access passes and construction code officials will be operating out of the DCI/Recreation Building located on the 67 Atlantic Avenue from 8am to 4pm.  Construction code officials will be available 8 am to noon on Saturday.

Access with valid pass will be allowed across Main Street Bridge only.  Exiting will be permitted on Ocean Avenue.  Glimmer Glass Bridge is Closed until further notice.

Trailers will be permitted, but must be parked in lot at 4th Ave & Main Street. Residents must park off street whenever possible & No Children will be allowed at this time.

Residents should place sand back on beach or at dead end of Brielle Road.  If that is not possible, they may place sand in street in a pile along curb line.

This is an extremely dangerous area with loads of heavy equipment operating, construction debris, unsecured utilities and unsafe building.  Please use caution at all time and report unsafe activities to the Borough Hall.

For vehicles operating, you must follow all traffic rules and regulations as Manasquan Police will be strictly enforcing speed limits and stop signs.

Curfew:
A curfew remains in effect between the hours of 7PM and 7AM.  Persons are subject to arrest during this time period.

Debris:
Place storm debris on curb not blocking street or sidewalk. Please separate tree limbs and brush from garbage.  We will pick up as soon as possible.

Power:
Please visit JCP&Ls website for the latest outage and restoration information at: www.firstenergycorp.com

Water:
Manasquan’s water supply is intact, 100% operational and 100% safe to drink.

United States Postal Service:
The Manasquan Post Office is allowing pick-up of mail by residents with proper ID.

Shelter:
A shelter being run Monmouth County is located at the Arthur Brisbane Child Treatment Center on Atlantic Avenue in Wall Township.  Please see the Disaster Recovery Information Center for directions and entrance forms.

Municipal Services:
The following services are discontinued until further notice:

Manasquan Schools
Borough Hall (non-essential services)
Garbage pick-up

FEMA Assistance:
Please call FEMA’s individual assistance hotline at (800) 621-3362 or visit the Disaster Recovery Center for the latest information.

Displaced residents are advised that FEMA is providing $96/night reimbursement for up to 14 days for displaced residents staying in area hotels/motels.  You must first register at http://www.fema.gov/what-disaster-assistance .

Volunteers:
We ask all residents who wish to volunteer, to please offer your services to your neighbors, friends and family members affected.

The latest information will be available at the Disaster Recover Information Center hotline at (732) 223-0544 ext. 238.  We will post updates to the Borough’s website (www.manasquan-nj.com ) and on the Borough’s radio station 1620AM.

November 8, 2012, 1:30PM

Red Cross Truck came early. They will be out distributing food and canvassing in the area from the Bridges to the Beach. They are still scheduled for this weekend.

AMERICAN RED CROSS EFFORTS UNDERWAY

Today the American Red Cross confirmed that they will be in Manasquan Saturday and Sunday. Trained ARC volunteers will be touring the beach and flood damaged areas with cleaning products and food items and canvassing the area by foot and truck.

Today the American Red Cross also stopped by to offer counseling services to those in need. If you know anyone in need for any ARC service, please send a private message to this site.

Thank you for your efforts to let American Red Cross know that we need them in Manasquan....they are delivering on their promise.

 

November 7, 2012, 3:30PM

HURRICANE SANDY RESPONSE UPDATE

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 – 3:30 pm

(WALL, NJ) – New Jersey Natural Gas today announced that our initial service assessments are complete in Monmouth County, with the exception of Sea Bright and Belford, where work continues.  We are developing our service restoration plan for coastal Monmouth County.

On Long Beach Island, we have now completed all initial service assessments.  These assessments are helping to inform our engineers in developing our service restoration plan.

Although we are dealing with significant access constraints in the Bay Head to Seaside portion of our system, we have completed half of our initial main assessments in this area, and 2,500 initial service assessments.  We are continuing to develop our restoration plan; one of the first projects in this plan will be to install new main where the ocean breeched the barrier island near the Mantoloking Bridge.

In Sea Bright, 25 percent of our initial service assessment is completed.  We continue to retire services to condemned buildings throughout the affected portions of our system in Monmouth County, and are finalizing many of the service restoration plans in these affected areas: we are currently working to restore service in Manasquan.

Until service is restored on the barrier islands, there are a number of temporary options your family may want to consider.  An excellent source for that information is: http://energy.gov/public-services/homes/heating-cooling/home-heating

Please remember, all customers who have had service interrupted—both within and outside the shut-off areas-- should be advised that when natural gas service returns to their area federal and state safety codes require the following conditions must be met before natural gas service can be safely restored:

  • homes and businesses must have electricity,
  • homes and businesses must be habitable and occupied, and
  • any furnaces, boilers or other appliances exposed to flooding or other storm related damage must be serviced and determined to be safe for use by qualified technicians.

Federal, New Jersey and local safety codes prohibit tampering with natural gas meters and service lines.  Even if natural gas service has not yet been restored to your area, this could significantly hamper efforts to restore service.

If you smell an odor of natural gas, leave the building immediately.  Do not light matches, touch electrical switches or appliances, or use your telephone.  From a safe location, customers should notify us of all gas leaks immediately at 1-800-GAS-LEAK.

 

November 6, 2012, 8:05PM

JCP&L Restores Service to More Than 900,000 Customers Affected by Hurricane Sandy
Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has restored power to more than 900,000 of the 1.2 million JCP&L customers affected by Hurricane Sandy, marking five consecutive days where crews have restored at least 100,000 customers per day.

While restoration continues, JCP&L is preparing for a Nor'easter that is expected to arrive Wednesday with high winds and heavy rain. Crews already in place will continue to work through the storm as safety permits.

About 250,000 of JCP&L's customers remain without power, most of whom live in Morris, Monmouth and Ocean counties. The vast majority of customers will be restored by Wednesday, November 7. Customers in harder-hit areas can expect to be restored throughout the coming week.

Many JCP&L customers along the barrier islands and coastal towns of Monmouth and Ocean counties, and other areas that are unsafe to energize cannot be completely restored because of severe damage to homes, businesses, roads and infrastructure.

Click for a county-by-county list outlining the number of JCP&L customers who remain without power, how many have been restored, and how many were affected by power outages from Hurricane Sandy.

Restoring power to customers is being handled by more than 8,800 professionals, including 4,100 linemen and 1,500 forestry workers. An additional 600 linemen are arriving today to assist JCP&L's restoration effort. JCP&L has received crews from as far away as California, Washington state and Florida.

"The new Nor'easter, although not as strong as Hurricane Sandy, has the potential to slow down restoration and cause new outages. We urge all our customers to prepare, just in case, and ask for their patience while we deal with the weather's next onslaught," said Don Lynch, President of JCP&L. "We have the largest contingent of linemen and forestry crews JCP&L has ever seen, as well as experienced professionals from many state and federal agencies. Together, we will finish the job of restoring power as soon as possible."

Since Hurricane Sandy began, JCP&L crews have restored high-voltage transmission connections to substations and have completed 34.5 kilovolt connections, which bring high voltage to the local neighborhood system. More JCP&L crews are transitioning to repair local lines.

JCP&L is completing restoration to police and fire departments, water and sewage treatment plants, hospitals, schools, and gas stations. Many of these priority customers require extensive repairs to connect. For customers still without power, JCP&L set up charging stations for cell phones and tablet computers at locations where free ice and water also are being distributed. For more information, go to www.firstenergycorp.com/storminfo.

Hurricane Sandy caused widespread destruction in the JCP&L service area. More than 1,000 utility poles are being replaced. More than 35,000 trees have been cut and removed from JCP&L equipment since the hurricane struck New Jersey last week. Crews are replacing approximately 4,300 spans of wire and 400 transformers. About 180 miles of wire, 2,700 poles and 1,000 transformers have been delivered to JCP&L.

JCP&L is using a helicopter with an aerial saw that cuts vegetation away from lines and 15 crews from the Army Corps of Engineers are helping JCP&L forestry crews clear roads.

As debris from the storm is being cleared, customers are cautioned never to touch downed lines. Customers should always assume downed wires are carrying electricity and are reminded to keep children and pets away from them. Downed wires should be reported immediately to your electric company or local police or fire department. Customers should never try to remove trees or limbs from power lines because they could conduct electricity. They should wait for emergency services or utility crews to arrive.

To report an outage, customers should call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) – it's the fastest way to begin the restoration process. Customers are reminded that even if they do not see crews working in their neighborhood, work could be under way at a nearby substation or other location that serves the neighborhood.

Customers also are reminded to stay clear of crews as they assess damage and repair equipment. By allowing crews to work, the restoration of power will be faster and people will remain safe.

Customers with mobile devices can obtain updated information on current outages, FirstEnergy's storm restoration process and tips for staying safe. Customers are urged to visit the 24/7 Power Center at www.firstenergycorp.com/outages. Or follow JCP&L onTwitter @JCP_L and Facebook at www.facebook.com/JCPandL for the latest information.

To ensure the safety of the home's occupants as well as that of utility company employees who may be working on power lines in the area, the proper generator should be selected and installed by a qualified electrician. When operating a generator, always disconnect the power coming into your home. Otherwise, power from your generator could be sent back onto the utility company lines, creating a hazardous situation for utility workers.

For updated information on hurricane restoration news, current outages, FirstEnergy's storm restoration process and tips for staying safe after a storm, go to www.firstenergycorp.com.

November 6, 2012, 12:30AM

A Nor’Easter will impact us Wednesday

Warnings are in effect for high winds and coastal flooding.  NE winds of 20-30 with gusts to 60 are forecast throughout the day Wednesday. Moderate Coastal flooding will occur at the times of high tide which are 1:15 PM Wednesday afternoon and again at 2:15 AM Thursday morning.  Please take precautions to secure buildings and items for the high winds and coastal flooding.

Donations:

You have been so generous.  As we continue with our recovery efforts, many people have request certain items at we do not have any to give.  If you wish to donate, these would be most appreciative:

Detergent, Bleach, Mops & Construction Grade Garbage Bags

Flashlights & Batteries of all types, AAA, AA, D, Lantern & 9volt

Foot powder for our guardsmen

NO Clothing of Food will be accepted at this time as we are overwhelmed.

Please bring donated items to one of the following churches:

First Baptist located on South Street at the Plaza Where hot breakfast will be also served daily

And..

United Methodist located on South & Church Street where hot dinner will be served daily

Disaster Information:

The Borough has established a Disaster Recovery Information Center located on the first floor of Borough Hall, at 201 East Main Street. You can contact the Disaster Recovery Hotline at (732) 223-0544 extension 238.  The Center is currently open 7 days a week from 9AM to 5PM, subject to change.  Please use this line for any and all questions.  Please do not call Police Headquarters unless it is an actual emergency. 

Beach access passes and construction code information:

Beach access passes and construction code officials will be operating out of the DCI/Recreation Building located on the 67 Atlantic Avenue from 8am to 4pm. 

Access with valid pass will be allowed across Main Street Bridge only.  Exiting will be permitted on Ocean Avenue.  Glimmer Glass Bridge is Closed until further notice.

Trailers will be permitted, but must be parked in lot at 4th Ave & Main Street. Residents must park off street whenever possible & No Children will be allowed at this time.

Residents should place sand back on beach or at dead end of Brielle Road.  If that is not possible, they may place sand in street in a pile along curb line.

This is an extremely dangerous area with loads of heavy equipment operating, construction debris, unsecured utilities and unsafe building.  Please use caution at all time and report unsafe activities to the Borough Hall.

Curfew:

A curfew remains in effect between the hours of 7PM and 7AM.  Persons are subject to arrest during this time period.

Debris:

Place storm debris on curb not blocking street or sidewalk. Please separate tree limbs and brush from garbage.  We will pick up as soon as possible.

Power:

JCP&L latest estimate for power restoration is 7 days

Water:

Manasquan’s water supply is intact, 100% operational and 100% safe to drink.

United States Postal Service:

The Manasquan Post Office is allowing pick-up of mail by residents with proper ID.

Shelter:

A shelter being run Monmouth County is located at the Arthur Brisbane Child Treatment Center on Atlantic Avenue in Wall Township.  Please see the Disaster Recovery Information Center for directions and entrance forms.

Municipal Services:

The following services are discontinued until further notice:

Manasquan Schools
Borough Hall (non-essential services)
Garbage pick-up

FEMA Assistance:

Please call FEMA’s individual assistance hotline at (800) 621-3362 (CORRECTED NUMBER) or visit the Disaster Recovery Center for the latest information.

Volunteers:

We ask all residents who wish to volunteer, to please offer your services to your neighbors, friends and family members affected.

The latest information will be available at the Disaster Recover Information Center hotline at (732) 223-0544 ext. 238.  We will post updates to the Borough’s website (www.manasquan-nj.com) and on the Borough’s radio station 1620AM.

November 5, 2012, 10:30AM

A Squan pride and pep rally will be held at Squan Plaza tomorrow, Tuesday at noon. Food and refreshments will be served. Halloween costumes are encouraged for the kids. Come one... come all... to lift spirits and help Manasquan dig out from Hurricane Sandy!!

November 5, 2012, 10:00AM

As of 10am today, Passes for access over the Main Street, will be at the DCI/Recreation Building at 67 Atlantic Avenue and will remain until further notice.

 There have been questions about tax and water and sewer bills.   These can be paid at the finance office in Borough Hall; however, the Mayor and Council have been given authorization by the State to extend the due date.  The extension has support and will be voted on Wednesday.  The actual extension date has not been determined yet.  Stay tuned for more information.

November 4, 2012, 10:00PM

Pancake breakfast from 9 to 11 at number 1 firehouse for anyone looking for a hot meal.

November 4, 2012, 7:50PM

The Borough has requested the Tide Company Loads of Hope  program to come to Manasquan to help our residents and military organizations to clean much needed clothes.  Currently, Tide Loads of Hope has been in Eatontown and Freehold.  However, residents have requested a need to clean clothes as a result of the Hurricane Sandy Disaster.  Additionally, the National Guard, who have been activated in the Borough of Manasquan, would be greatly helped by washing their uniforms.

According to Tide’s Facebook Page, they receive “on the ground updates from their partner American Red Cross and continue to evaluate other sites in need of hope”  However, there have been no sitings of the American Red Cross in Manasquan.

WE NEED YOUR HELP – You can contact TIDE Loads of Hope program at 1-800-879-8433 from 9am to 6pm or their Official Site: http://www.facebook.com/Tide?sk=app_188067517895388, their fan appreciation site http://www.facebook.com/TideLoadsofHope?ref=ts&fref=ts and their twitter page and tell Tide that We Need You In Manasquan for our residents and National Guard.

 

November 4, 2012, 7:20PM

On Behalf of the Borough of Manasquan
Thank You Thank You Thank You

You have been so generous.  As we continue with our recovery efforts, many people have request certain items at we do not have any to give.  If you wish to donate, these would be most appreciative.

Items in Dire Need and Requested by Residents
Cleaning Supplies Examples:
Bleach
Mops
Construction Grade Garbage Bags
Other Items Requested by Residents
Hand Sanitizers
D Batteries
9 Volt Batteries
Lantern batteries
Flashlights

There are items that we are overwhelmed with generous donations.  Please do not donate these items.
NO Clothing
NO Canned Goods

Donations can be delivered to:
The Manasquan High School
167 Broad Street
Deliveries can be made from 10am to 1pm MONDAY November 5, 2012 ONLY

Addition items and time will be posted at a later date.  Please visit our Facebook or www.manasquan-nj.com frequently for updates.

United States Postal Service
The Manasquan Post Office is still without power and phone. However, United States Postal Service has allowed the pick-up of mail at the post office.  Residents will need to show identification to pick up mail.

Construction Code Services re-located.
Our Construction Code services have been relocated to the DCI/Recreation Building located on the 67 Atlantic Avenue, in particular, for the purposes of Hurricane Sandy related permitting and construction questions. Monday hours will be from 8am to 4pm.  Tuesday and the balance of the week will be listed here.  Please visit the site for further updates.

November 4, 2012, 11:33AM

The Borough of Manasquan urges to keep the hydrant areas clear   We have seen many covered and this could be a great delay in the event of a fire. Under each fire hydrant there is a yellow stripped box, approximate 10 feet wide.  This may not be visible at this time.  Please try to keep this area clean as best as possible.

November 4, 2012, 9:00AM

FOOD & SUNDRIES DONATIONS

MANASQUAN FIRE COMPANY # 1 -Squan Plaza next to Post Office

CLOTHING DONATIONS

First Baptist Church – South Street at the Plaza
United Methodist Church – Corner of South & Church

FOOD, ICE, & BOTTLED WATER:

MANASQUAN HIGH SCHOOL – Corner of Broad and Atlantic

Disaster Information:

The Borough has established a Disaster Recovery Information Center located on the first floor of Borough Hall, at 201 East Main Street. You can contact the Disaster Recovery Hotline at (732) 223-0544 extension 238.  The Center is currently open 7 days a week from 9AM to 7PM, subject to change.  Please use this line for any and all questions.  Please do not call Police Headquarters unless it is an actual emergency. 

Beach access:

Passes:  In order to access areas eat of the bridges, you must first obtain a pass.  This pass can only be obtained today at the DCI, Recreation Center on 67 Atlantic Avenue from 9am to 5pm.  Beginning Monday, passes will then be available at the Disaster Recovery Center.Passes will only be issued to property owners, renters and businesses with proof of residency in this area.  Examples of proof can be a property tax bill, license, utility bill, lease, or any official document that has your name and listing an address which is located in the restricted area.   If the property is not a primary residence, we will have tax information available to verify ownership .

Access with valid pass will be allowed across Main Street Bridge only.  Exiting will be permitted on Ocean Avenue.  Glimmer Glass Bridge is Closed until further notice.

Residents with pass will be allowed to bring passengers up to the legal capacity of the vehicle

Contractors will be allowed with a valid beach access pass (from resident request their service)

Trailers will be permitted, but must be parked in lot at 4th Ave & Main Street

Residents must park off street whenever possible

Residents should place sand back on beach or at dead end of Brielle Road.  If that is not possible, they may place sand in street in a pile along curb line.

No Children will be allowed at this time.

You may leave the area at any time, but you must have the same pass to re-enter.

Power:

JCP&L latest estimate for power restoration is 7-10 days

Water & Sewer:

Manasquan’s water supply is intact, 100% operational and 100% safe to drink. Sewer system is 100 % operational.

Shelter:

A shelter being run Monmouth County is located at the Arthur Brisbane Child Treatment Center on Atlantic Avenue in Wall Township.  Please see the Disaster Recovery Information Center for directions and entrance forms.

Curfew:

The Board of Chosen Freeholders has issued a County-wide curfew between the hours of 7PM and 7AM.  Persons are subject to arrest during this time period.

Municipal Services:
 
The following services are discontinued until further notice:

Manasquan Schools
Borough Hall (non-essential services)
Garbage pick-up

Basement Water

At this time the Borough is not pumping out water in basements.

Debris:

Place storm debris on curb not blocking street or sidewalk. Please separate tree limbs and brush from garbage.  We will pick up as soon as possible.

Boats:

Residents who own boats that became unmoored and need to be recovered, please contact the Disaster Recovery Center at Borough Hall for information.

FEMA Assistance:

Please call FEMA’s individual assistance hotline at (800) 621-3342 or visit the Disaster Recovery Center for the latest information.

Volunteers:

We ask all residents who wish to volunteer, to please offer your services to your neighbors, friends and family members affected.

The latest information will be available at the Disaster Recover Information Center hotline at (732) 223-0544 ext. 238.  We will post updates to the Borough’s website (www.manasquan-nj.com) and on the Borough’s radio station 1620AM.

November 3, 2012, 2:20PM

FOOD & SUNDRIES DONATIONS & DISTRIBUTION:
MANASQUAN FIRE COMPANY # 1 - SQUAN PLAZA NEXT TO POST OFFICE
HOT DINNER WILL BE SERVED 3PM TO 7PM SATURDAY

CLOTHING DONATIONS & DISTRIBUTION:
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH - CORNER OF CHURCH & SOUTH STREET
HOT BREAKFAST WILL BE SERVED 8AM - NOON

FOOD, ICE, & BOTTLED WATER:
MANASQUAN HIGH SCHOOL: CORNER OF BROAD & ATLANTIC AVE

November 3, 2012, 2:20PM

ELECTION NEWS
Due to the recent storm the Borough Hall is currently with limited power. The polling place for District 3 at Borough Hall has been moved to District 4 at the Volunteer Engine Company #2, 111 Parker Avenue.  All other Districts  will be the same.

November 3, 2012, 1:10PM

Food, water ice available at Manasquan high school till 3 pm today.

After 3 pm food, ice, water and other staples available at Manasquan fire company number 1, located in the plaza. Hot dinners will be served here as well between 3 pm and 7 pm.

November 3, 2012, 11:55AM

Comfort station and counseling at first baptist church 1 to 5pm

 

November 2, 8:00PM

The Borough of Manasquan is lifting the restricted access to the area from the Bridges to the Beach beginning 1pm, Saturday November 3rd. 

In order to access this area, you must first obtain a pass.  This pass can only be obtained at the DCI, Recreation Center on 67 Atlantic Avenue on Saturday from 1pm to 5pm and on Sunday, November 4th from 9am to 5pm.  Beginning Monday, passes will then be available at Borough Hall from 9am to 5pm.

Beginning Saturday, 1 pass will be issued to allow 2 adults in one vehicle at a time.  Passes will only be issued to property owners, renters and businesses with proof of residency in this area.  Examples of proof can be a property tax bill, license, utility bill, lease, or any official document that has your name and listing an address which  is located in the area between the Bridges and Beach.   If the property is not a primary residence, we will have tax information available to verify ownership .Please – No Children will be allowed at this time.

You may bring a contractor, insurance adjuster, cleaners, etc., but in total only two people, will be allowed to enter at a time.

You may leave the area, but you must have the same pass to re-enter.

When you receive your pass, you will be allowed to enter from Main Street.  Leaving the area can be accomplished by exiting out of Main Street or Ocean Avenue.  Glimmer Glass Bridge is Closed. There will be no other access into the area from the Bridges to the Beach other than Main Street.

These restrictions are subject to change at a later time.  It is recommended that you continue to watch  the Manasquan website www.manasqauan-nj.com, Borough of Manasquan Facebook page, Twitter under ManasquanOEM , or listen to our local 1620AM station.

 

November 2, 10:00AM

St Denis Church route 71 and Virginia Avenue has opened its doors today from 10 to 3 for water ice and ready made meals.

 

November 2, 8:45AM

Update as of 3:05am Wednesday November 2
Answers to Recent Questions
Access to the Restricted Area

Safety is first and foremost the concern we must address before allowing access into the restricted area.

The area between the bridges and beach still remains in effect.  We are 75% complete with sand removal.  However gas leaks still exist and continues to be addressed by the utility every day. The Borough has deployed more than a dozen large trucks to plow and pick up sand.  They are on an aggressive schedule to complete the remaining sand; however, there are still some areas with 10 feet or more of sand.  THE AREA CONTINUES TO BE UNSAFE, especially for the public.  Any additional pedestrian or vehicular traffic will hamper our efforts for a speedy removal and will harm to others.  While we understand the concern for resident access for belongings or water damage to property, the consequence, under these conditions stated previously, could result in unnecessary harm or death.

DID YOU KNOW? – Sand acts like a filter.  Sand covering gas lines prevents individuals from smelling the odor of gas.  Natural gas is actually odorless and contains an additive that creates a smell (or scent) to alert you that a leak exists.  As a gas leak works its way up to the air through mounds of sand, it becomes odorless.  This is why the area that has up to 10 feet or more of sand on the street must be removed first, and then re-inspected for the smell of gas leaks.

What is the spray painted line mean on my property I see from the photo?  What does the color mean?
The Borough has teams of review inspections being done simultaneously.  To avoid overlap, a stripe is painted on the home.  The colors mean nothing other than one of our team had reviewed your home

How did you address pets in the restricted area?
The Borough organized a pet rescue and recovery with the Humane Society.  We have been successful in retrieving and identifying lost pets.

Water Damage
Homes in the restricted area could expect at least 2 to feet to 10 feet of water in your homes dependent on the location and home.  Beachfront and First Avenue homes and in some cases beyond, should expect considerable sand also.

What is the status of the limited travel area between the railroad tracks and the bridges?
Starting Friday, November 2, 2012, at 9am the limited access areas will lifted and open for general traffic.  However, please be advised that there are roads with downed trees that are impassible.

What do I do about my debris?  What about Garbage pickup?
Please place any debris behind the curb and not in the street.  We need the street area unblocked for parking and traffic.

Electricity
The return of electrical power is up to 10 days, possibly more.  If you have any appliances turned on before the power went out, please unplug or turn them off.  Use washer and dryers sparingly for the first few days when power returns.  Once electrical power is retuned, the initial surge could cause possible outages.

Water and Sewer
Water supply continues to work and is safe to drink.  South Monmouth Regional Sewage authority has indicated that it is fully operational for the treatment of sewer.

Curfew
Curfew is still in effect for Monmouth County.

Will the Disaster Recovery Information Center be opened this weekend?
Yes.  The Center will be open from 9am to 7pm Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

Volunteering and Donations
You can sign up to volunteer at the Disaster Recovery Center Information line at 732-223-0544 x238.  We are making lists and when a particular need arises we will contact you.  We thank for the many offers for donations.  Additionally we have been offered financial donations.  At this time we do not have an authorized means to contribute.  Please continue to be patient. We will announce when such opportunities exists in the near future

Internet Service
Thank you for the overwhelming response for internet access information.  This evening we have located a site 2 blocks from town hall that we will have access until the return of internet service.

Property Tax and Water Bill Due Dates
Property taxes are scheduled due for November 1st with a grace period extended for an additional ten days.  This schedule is mandated by State Law.  We have contacted the State to request guidance on further extensions.  With the expectation that other municipalities are asking for the same, we expect a response from the State.  The extension of water and sewer bills is under consideration but not approved at this time.  Should any of these change we will post it here; however, as of the date of this post, please follow the existing due dates.

 

November 1, 7:25AM

Federal Aid Programs for State of New Jersey Disaster Recovery

A summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama’s major disaster declaration issued for New Jersey.

 

October 31, 8:45PM

The Borough has just experienced the worst storm in recent memory and we have just entered the recovery phase… 

Initial search and rescue missions have been completed. Damage assessments and sand/debris removal is underway on beach areas. DPW is currently working to clear roads of trees and downed lines and restore essential services. 

Power: 
JCP&L reports 2.5 million customers in New Jersey without power… with Monmouth & Middlesex Counties most affected. The latest estimate for power restoration is 7-10 days 

Water: 
You may have received an automated call indicated that the water system was compromised. The phone call did not come Manasquan and does not pertain to water in Manasquan. Manasquan’s water supply is intact, 100% operational and 100% safe to drink. 

Sewer: 
Monmouth County Sewage Authority is back up and running with no further disruptions anticipated. 

Shelter: 
A shelter being run Monmouth County is located at the Arthur Brisbane Child Treatment Center on Atlantic Avenue in Wall Township. Please see the Disaster Recovery Information 
Center for directions and entrance forms. 

Curfew: 
The Board of Chosen Freeholders has issued a County-wide curfew between the hours of 7PM and 7AM. Persons are subject to arrest during this time period. 

Area East of NJ Transit Rail Lines to the bridges: 
Due to the extensive damage and downed trees and power lines, only residents and property owners are allowed east of the NJ Transit rail lines. In order to pass through law-enforcement check points, residents must show ID to pass. Residents, with no ID can attain a pass at Borough Hall once proof of residency is verified. Contractors will be permitted through checkpoints with a Borough issued pass. 

The area will be opened to non-residents once the area has been secured. Any changes to this restriction will be posted at a later time once concerned. 

Areas east of the bridges: 
No persons are permitted east of the bridges, whatsoever. There are no exceptions. New Jersey State Police has been mobilized and instructed to arrest any persons attempting to access this area. They are patrolling this area to ensure public safety and prevent looting and vandalism. 

Our areas east of the bridges have sustained massive damage from the storm. We have many residences and businesses that have been completely destroyed. Many buildings are unstable and in danger of collapse. Many structures are buried under up to 10 feet of sand. Many structures have shifted and severed the natural gas service lines. Debris and power lines further increase safety threats. These safety issues must be addressed prior to considering any entrance by residents into the area. Please be advised that we are working as quickly as possible to get residents back to inspect their homes. We currently have no time frame for this to occur, however, we still have extensive work to be completed prior to this happening. 

Residents who left pets in the disaster zone and wish for them to be recovered, please contact the Disaster Recovery Information Center hotline at (732) 223-0544 ext. 238 or visit Borough Hall. We will send an animal control team to retrieve the animal and you must pick up at Borough Hall once retrieved. 

If you left medications, you must attain a new prescription or visit a local hospital. NO ENTRANCE BY ANY PERSONS… NO EXCEPTIONS…PERIOD. THE AREA IS UNSAFE!! 

Municipal Services: 
The following services are discontinued until further notice: 

Manasquan Schools 
Borough Hall (non-essential services) 
Garbage pick-up


Basement Water 
At this time the Borough is not pumping out water in basements. 

Debris: 
Place storm debris on curb not blocking street or sidewalk. Please separate tree limbs and brush from garbage. We will pick up as soon as possible. 

Boats: 
Residents who own boats that became unmoored and need to be recovered, please contact the Disaster Recovery Center hotline at (732) 223-0544 ext. 238 or visit Borough Hall. 

Disaster Information: 
The Borough has established a Disaster Recovery Information Center located on the first floor of Borough Hall, at 201 East Main Street. You can contact the Disaster Recovery Hotline at (732) 223-0544 extension 238. The Center is currently open 7 days a week from 9AM to 7PM, subject to change. Please use this line for any and all questions. Please do not call Police Headquarters unless it is an actual emergency. 

FEMA Assistance: 
A federal declaration of Disaster has been issued, however we have no specific information from FEMA. The Borough as contacted FEMA and are waiting a response. We will advise as soon as we get guidance from FEMA. 

Volunteers: 
We ask all residents who wish to volunteer, to first and foremost offer your services to your neighbors, friends and family members affected. We will accept volunteers with special services at the Disaster Recover Center. 

We ask all residents to please be patient… Your town’s emergency responders, public works, administrative staff and governing body have been working diligently, round-the-clock, in severe, and many cases life-threatening conditions, to initiate notifications, evacuations, search, rescue, debris clearing and damage assessments. Borough Hall is without power, working off a limited generator, without wireless, cellular and data connections. 

The latest information will be available at the Disaster Recover Information Center. We will post updates to the Borough’s website  when data permits and on the Borough’s radio station 1620AM. 

Services Available 
Drug Stores: 

Campbells Pharmacy – Sea Girt Ave & 35 In Wall 
CVS in Lakewood (732) 901-5445 
CVS – Silverton (732) 279-1430 
CVS (24-hour) – Rt 37 Toms River (732) 244-1707

Gas Stations: 

Hess – 70 Brick 
Costco – 70 Brick 
Parkway Rest Stop in Wall


Hardware: 

      Jaspans in Manasquan 

October 31, 2012 - 11:30AM

Hurricane Sandy Disaster Report Update for the Borough of Manasquan

The Borough of Manasquan has set up a Disaster Relief Information Center number ...1-732-223-0544 ext. 238. Staffing is available from 8am to 7pm.
You may also visit it at Borough Hall at 201 East Main Street.

If you wish to volunteer, please help out your neighbors, the elderly or the disabled nearby. Most of all, please forward them information posted here. Manasquan has very limited internet access and cellphone service. If you would like to volunteer feel free to use this number and we will contact you when needed. Again, Please Do Not call the police department for non-emergencies!

Many residents have contacted us concerning access to their homes. Unfortunately at this time the Borough cannot allow access to the area from the Bridges to the Beach and only limited access for residents and property owners from the Railroad to the Bridges. The area from the bridges to the beach is still under a search and rescue mission along with damage assessment and clean up. It is unknown at this time when access will be returned.

There are many individuals who were told to evacuate this mandatory areas. Many refused to leave and sign waivers with their information and next of kin. However, some, who may have left prior to the height of the hurricane, did not contact the borough. For these individuals, we do not have complete knowledge of their well-being. Should you know of anyone who signed such a waiver and evacuated on their own, but did not contact the borough, please contact our Manasquan Disaster Relief Information Center line at 732-223-0544 x238.

The South Monmouth Regional Sewage Authority contacted the Borough this morning and indicated that they expect a return to sewer service by noon today.

The Borough received calls regarding gas leaks in the travel restricted area. One main gas line on Ocean Avenue was addressed by the gas utility yesterday. Other gas leaks are being attended to. Gas company workers have shut services in several areas in throughout the restricted travel area.

Many sections of the restricted travel area are impassable. Crews have been working since daybreak yesterday to remove, in some areas, 10 feet or more of sand on the main thoroughfares.

The portions of the beachfront walkway are destroyed.

Boats we lifted by the tidal flooding and hurricane and landed on the Glimmer Glass Bridge and Brielle Road. A few were also found along the Glimmer Glass, Perrine Boulevard area.

The Glimmer Glass area was hit hard with tidal flooding, in some areas, reaching the top of first floors of several homes. Downed trees and electric wires along wet areas make this area impassible also.

Monmouth County reported that the Glimmer Glass Bridge sustained severe structural damage.  The County has deemed the bridge impassable.

Photos of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy can be found on our Borough of Manasquan Facebook site. The photos will also be posted on our website later today. Many visitors to the site have seen their homes in the photos posted. Several more have requested photos of their properties to be posted as well. We have a team of OEM volunteers currently taking photos of these properties. If you would like to make a similar request, either contact our MDRIC phone line listed above or visit our Facebook page. More photos are expected to be posted this evening.

Many people have asked if the dunes are still on the beach. The dunes were washed away by the hurricane.

Halloween activities have been postponed until further notice.

People asked about gasoline availability. It has been noted to us that the rest stop on the Garden State Parkway near the entrance to the GSP on RT 34 in Wall is open. However, last evening there were extremely long lines. If you know of a gas station that is open near Manasquan, please post or let us know.

FEMA has been contacted as well as other State and County Agencies.

Stay posted to this site as updates will appear here. Keep in mind that internet access is limited in the Manasquan area and posts will be made as best and frequent as can be. We do have individuals off site to assist but if you know of a location that is close to the Borough of Manasquan that has strong WIFI, and has good and consistent internet access, please call our Relief line.

October 30, 2012 - 6:00PM

The Borough has just experienced the worst storm in recent memory and we have just entered the recovery phase…

Initial search and rescue missions and damage assessments are underway on beach areas. 

DPW is currently working to clear roads of debris and restore essential services.

Due to the extensive trees, poles & wires downed, there are widespread power-outages throughout the tri-state area…

The resulting power outages have caused a disruption to the County sewer lift stations, which are being restored at this time…

      * Currently, a County-wide curfew is in effect between the hours of 7PM and 7AM

      * No vehicular traffic is permitted east of the NJ Transit train tracks

      * No persons permitted east of the bridges whatsoever

      * Manasquan Schools are closed Wednesday and will remain closed until further notice

      * Borough Hall will be closed for non-essential services until further notice

      * Garbage pick-up will be suspended until further notice

We are working as quickly as possible to get residents back into their homes…

Our first phase will be to secure areas west of the bridges and allow residents into this area. There is no time frame for this to happen, however we are working as quickly as possible and will advise when complete. 

The next phase will be completing
search & rescue, debris removal and structure assessment in the heavily damaged beach areas. These operations are also underway, however this will take longer and we currently do not have a time frame for completion.

The Borough has established a Disaster Recovery Information Center located on the first floor of Borough Hall, at 201 East Main Street. You can contact the Disaster Recovery Hotline at
(732) 223-0544 extension 238. The current hours are 9AM to 7PM, subject to change.  Please use this line for any and all questions. Please do not call Police Headquarters unless it is an actual emergency. 

We ask all residents who wish to volunteer, to first and foremost offer your services to your neighbors, friends and family members affected. We will accept volunteers with special services at the Disaster Recover Center.

We ask all residents to please be patient… Your town's emergency responders, public works, administrative staff and governing body have been working diligently, round-the-clock, in severe, life-threatening conditions, in order to affect notifications, evacuations, search, rescue, debris clearing and damage assessments.  Borough Hall is without power, working off a limited generator, no wireless, no data, limited phone lines and limited access to this radio station.

The latest information will be available at the Disaster Recover Center. We will try and post updates to the Borough's website when data permits.
http://www.manasquan-nj.com/

October 30, 2012 - 3:05PM

A statement from Mayor George Dempsey

Hurricane Sandy caused devastation of record proportions.

I am confident in the resolve and strength of our residents, volunteers, and emergency personnel and staff to pull ourselves together and return to normalcy.

That is what makes Manasquan, Manasquan.

October 30, 2012 - 3:15AM

Due to the devastation that was caused by Hurricane Sandy and an initial review of the damaged areas the Borough of Manasquan has enacted Travel Restrictions

EAST OF THE BRIDGES TO THE BEACH
No access allowed to this and the beach areas until it is deemed safe.  Manasquan Emergency Officials will be conducting a search and rescue mission and damage assessment.  Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

EAST OF THE RAILROAD TO THE BRIDGES
Limited Access allowed to residents and property owners.  Emergency personnel will be staffed and will request proof of residency or property ownership.

ALL OTHER AREAS
Caution when accessing other areas of the borough.  Many areas are blocked and downloaded wires and trees are a hazzard

October 29, 2012 - 10:15PM

NOTICE REGARDING SEWER SERVICE

We just received notice from South Monmouth Regional Sewage Authority
(SMRSA) that their 9 pump stations located throughout South Monmouth County are flooded and inaccessible. With the pump station down and inaccessible, sewerage cannot be received by them.  This will cause backups in your sewerage line and into your home.  Please avoid using your water, sink, toilets and bathtubs as best as possible.  Once the flooding recedes they will be able to get to the pump stations and make them operable.

Please do not tie the police department phone line or public works lines with questions regarding sewer backups.  At this time, until the South Monmouth Regional Sewage Authority (SMRSA) gains access, no municipality can address this issue.

Once we receive new information, we will post this here.

October 29, 2012 - 9:30PM

Extensive Hurricane Winds and Tidal Forces Cause Difficulties Boroughwide

Power outages througout town.  Cell phone and internet service is sporatic.
If you are home and in a non evacuation area, please do not leave home.
Winds gusts are peaking and high tide is still affecting flooding throughout town.

Command Center continues to respond and monitor storm and borough activities. Police, Volunteer Fire, First Aid and OEM and Department Staff on site throughout the community. Record levels of Hurricane activity challenges borough but entire borough forces dispatched to protect the community.

Listen to 1620am, the website, facebook or twitter.

Visit us on facebook to view photos and video of the storm.

October 29, 2012 - 4:10PM

Extreme Weather Conditions Predicted to Worsen
Residents in Non Evacuation Areas are advised to STAY INDOORS.  Wind gusts are predicted to top 100mph and the beach area sections remain flooded.
Already, there have been several reports of power outages and down trees and tree limbs.
 
We have been advised that JCP&L/FirstEnergy customers call centers will be fully staffed. Customers without power  are encouraged to call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage or click the “Report Outage” link on www.firstenergycorp.com. Customers should immediately report downed wires to their electric company or local police or fire department.
Customers should never go near a downed power line, even if they think it's no longer carrying electricity.

Please do not contact the police department unless its an emergency.  Emergency response teams have been dispatched to locations throughout the borough while others are stationed.  Non emergency calls effect the response time of our emergency crews.

The Borough Command Center is operating 24 hours a day to  monitor and respond to emergent situations.  We encourage you to continue  to monitor the storm through Manasquan Radio 1620AM, the Manasquan Webpage www.manasquan-nj.com, Facebook (under the Borough of Manasquan) and Twitter (under ManasquanOEM)  Pictures and videos have been posted.

October 29, 2012 - 11:15AM - EXTREMELY DANGEROUS HURRICANE IMPACTING MANASQUAN

AS OF 11:00 AM MONDAY THE FOLLOWING WATCHES & WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR OUR AREA…
 
HIGH WIND WARNING: ONSHORE WINDS OF 40 TO 55 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 85 MPH ARE ANTICIPATED… WHICH WILL RESULT IN UPROOTED TREES AND WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES OF LONG DURATION.
 
FLOOD WATCH: 3 TO 4 INCHES OF RAIN
 
COASTAL FLOOD WARNING: SEVERE COASTAL FLOODING OCCURRED WITH THIS MORNINGS HIGH TIDE.  TIDES WILL RUN AT LEAST 2 TO 3 FEET HIGHER WITH THIS EVENINGS HIGH TIDE, AND WILL RESULT IN EXTREME… RECORD-SETTING COASTAL FLOODING. COASTAL FLOODING WILL ALSO EXTEND INTO THE TUESDAY. 
 
THE TIMES OF HIGH TIDE AT MANASQUAN INLET ARE AS FOLLOWS…
 
    8:15 PM TONIGHT – EXTREME, RECORD COASTAL FLOODING
    8:30 AM TUESDAY MORNING – MODERATE TO SEVERE COASTAL FLOODING
 
 
THIS IS AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS, LIFE-THREATENING STORM…IF YOU ARE AN EVACUATION AREA, DO NOT TRY AND RIDE THIS ONE OUT. 
 
MANASQUAN WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING EXCEEDING ALL PREVIOUS STORMS, AND EMERGENCY SERVICES WILL BE CUT OFF FROM EVACUATION ZONES LATER TODAY.
 
NOW IS YOU LAST TIME TO GET OUT, AS EMERGENCY RESPONDERS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REACH YOU ONCE TONIGHT HIGH TIDE ARRIVE.
 
 IF YOU NEED TO EVACUATE AND CANNOT DO SO YOURSELF, PLEASE CONTACT BOROUGH HEADQUARTERS AT (732) 223- 1000. 
 
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THERE WILL BE A SHORT WINDOW BETWEEN 11 AND 2 TODAY THAT EMERGENCY RESPONDERS MAY MAKE AN ATTEMPT TO ACCESS FLOODED AREAS.  DO NOT WAIT TILL THE STORM ARRIVES LATER TODAY AS WE LIKELY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REACH YOU. 
 
 
RESIDENTS ARE REMINDED TO NOT CALL POLICE HEADQUARTERS AT ANY TIME UNLESS IT IS AN ACTUAL EMERGENCY
 
PLEASE CONTINUE TO STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO, YOUR LOCAL MEDIA AND INTERNET SOURCES, AND 1620 AM, FOR THE LATEST UPDATES ON THIS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS STORM.

October 29, 2012 - 8:30AM - EXTREMELY DANGEROUS HURRICANE SANDY IMPACTING NEW JERSEY NOW

AS OF 5:00 AM MONDAY THE FOLLOWING WATCHES & WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR OUR AREA…

HIGH WIND WARNING: ONSHORE WINDS OF 40 TO 50 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 75 MPH ARE ANTICIPATED… WHICH WILL RESULT IN UPROOTED TREES AND WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES OF LONG DURATION.

FLOOD WATCH: 4 TO 6 INCHES OF RAIN

COASTAL FLOOD WARNING: SEVERE COASTAL FLOODI... NG IS CURRENTLY OCCURRING. EXTREME…POTENTIALLY RECORD-SETTING COASTAL FLOODING IS CURRENTLY FORECAST FOR THIS EVENINGS HIGH TIDE. COASTAL FLOODING MAY EXTEND INTO THE TUESDAY.

THE TIMES OF HIGH TIDE AT MANASQUAN INLET ARE AS FOLLOWS…

8:00 AM THIS MORNING - SEVERE COASTAL FLOODING

8:15 PM TONIGHT – EXTREME COASTAL FLOODING

8:30 AM TUESDAY MORNING – MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING

REMEMBER, AS THE STORM APPROACHES, ALL PUBLIC INFORMATION UPDATES WILL BE MADE ON THIS RADIO STATION, AS DATA AND INTERNET CONNECTIONS MAY BECOME COMPROMISED.

RESIDENTS ARE REMINDED TO NOT CALL POLICE HEADQUARTERS AT ANY TIME UNLESS IT IS AN ACTUAL EMERGENCY, AS QUESTIONS REGARDING THE STORM WILL BE DIRECTED TO THIS RADIO STATION.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO, YOUR LOCAL MEDIA AND INTERNET SOURCES, AND 1620 AM, FOR THE LATEST UPDATES STORM CONDITIONS AND EVACUATION INFORMATION

 

October 29, 2012 - 3:35AM - FirstEnergy Utilities Prepare for High Winds, Heavy Rain, Flooding and Snow Related to Hurricane Sandy
Jersey Central Power & Light, Metropolitan Edison, Pennsylvania Electric
Company, West Penn Power, Mon Power and Potomac Edison Mobilize Resources to Handle Possible Widespread Outages Related to Weather

Akron, Ohio – As Hurricane Sandy moves up the East Coast, FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) utilities Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), Metropolitan Edison (Met-Ed), Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec), West Penn Power, Mon Power and Potomac Edison are mobilizing employees and resources to help aid the restoration process after the storm causes customer power outages early next week.

In New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, Hurricane Sandy is expected to produce torrential rain and high winds, along with inland and coastal severe flooding. In addition, wet snow and high winds are forecasted for western Maryland, West Virginia, central Pennsylvania, and Ohio, particularly in the higher elevations.

“We have mobilized our internal crews and support personnel to assist in the restoration process if the storm causes large-scale power outages,” said Steven E. Strah, vice president, Distribution Support, FirstEnergy. “In addition, we have secured outside utility crews, electrical contractors and tree contractors and continue our efforts to locate even more line crews from other utilities through our membership in mutual assistance organizations.”

FirstEnergy customer call centers will be fully staffed. Customers without power are encouraged to call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage or click the “Report Outage” link on www.firstenergycorp.com. Customers should immediately report downed wires to their electric company or local police or fire department.

Customers should never go near a downed power line, even if they think it's no longer carrying electricity. Emergency power generators offer an option for customers needing or wanting uninterrupted service. However, to ensure the safety of the home’s occupants as well as that of utility company employees who may be working on power lines in the area, the proper generator should be selected and installed by a qualified, licensed electrician. When operating a generator, the power coming into the home should always be disconnected. Otherwise, power from the generator could be sent back onto the utility lines, creating a hazardous situation for utility workers and the public. In addition, generators should only be used outdoors and only in well-ventilated areas.

For updated information on the company’s storm preparation efforts, current outages, FirstEnergy's storm restoration process and tips for staying safe, visit the 24/7 Power Center at www.firstenergycorp.com/outages. JCP&L customers can find the latest information on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JCPandL. FirstEnergy operating companies will also provide updates via Twitter:

· JCP&L: @JCP_L
· Penelec: @Penelec
· Met-Ed: @Met_Ed
· Potomac Edison: @PotomacEdison
· West Penn Power: @W_Penn_Power
· Mon Power: @MonPowerWV

Depending on the severity of the storm's impact on the electrical system, customers are encouraged to stay safe by preparing for the possibility of power outages lasting up to seven to 10 days by taking action before the storm occurs:

  • If you have a water well and pump, keep an emergency supply of bottled water and consider filling your bathtub with fresh water.
  • Keep a flashlight and extra batteries handy. Use care when burning candles; open flames are a fire hazard.
  • If power goes out, unplug appliances like refrigerators and freezers, and sensitive electronic equipment like TVs and computers, so that they won’t overload when power is restored.
  • Gather extra blankets or a sleeping bag for each person. Portable heaters and burning candles that are left unattended, especially around children and pets, can create a fire hazard. In addition, gasoline or diesel-powered generators and appliances can produce deadly levels of carbon monoxide and should never be operated inside the home or garage.
  • Stock an emergency supply of convenience foods that do not require cooking.
  • Keep a battery-powered radio with extra batteries on hand. Tune in to a local radio station for current storm information.
  • Have a hard-wired telephone or a charged cell phone handy in the event you need to report your electricity is out. Mobile phones can be charged in your vehicle using a car charger when power is out. A smart phone can be used to access online information sources.
  • · Stay out of flooded basements, even if the power is off. Stay away from the breaker box if it’s in a flooded basement. FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. Its generation subsidiaries control more than 20,000 megawatts of capacity from a diversified mix of scrubbed coal, non-emitting nuclear, natural gas, hydro, pumped-storage hydro and other renewables.

Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter@FirstEnergyCorp.

Oct. 28, 2012 - 8:10pm - ... EXTREMELY DANGEROUS HURRICANE SANDY BEARING DOWN ON NEW JERSEY
AS OF 5:00 PM SUNDAY   THE FOLLOWING WATCHES & WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR OUR AREA…

HIGH WIND WARNING: ONSHORE WINDS OF 35 TO 45 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 75 MPH ARE ANTICIPATED WHICH WILL RESULT IN UPROOTED TREES AND WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES OF LONG DURATION.

 FLOOD WATCH: 4 TO 6 INCHES OF RAIN

COASTAL FLOOD WARNING: MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING WILL OCCUR TONIGHT.  SEVERE COASTAL FLOODING IS FORECAST FOR MONDAY MORNING.  EXTREME…POTENTIALLY RECORD-SETTING COASTAL FLOODING IS CURRENTLY FORECAST FOR THE MONDAY EVENING HIGH TIDE. COASTAL FLOODING MAY EXTEND INTO THE TUESDAY MORNING HIGH TIDE.

THE TIMES OF HIGH TIDE AT MANASQUAN INLET ARE AS FOLLOWS…
                 7:30 PM SUNDAY – MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING
                8:00 AM MONDAY - SEVERE COASTAL FLOODING
                8:15 PM MONDAY NIGHT – EXTREME COASTAL FLOODING
                8:30 AM TUESDAY – MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING

REMEMBER, AS THE STORM APPROACHES, ALL PUBLIC INFORMATION UPDATES WILL BE MADE ON THIS RADIO STATION, AS DATA AND INTERNET CONNECTIONS MAY BECOME COMPROMISED.

 RESIDENTS ARE REMINDED TO NOT CALL POLICE HEADQUARTERS AT ANY TIME UNLESS IT IS AN ACTUAL EMERGENCY, AS QUESTIONS REGARDING THE STORM WILL BE DIRECTED TO THIS RADIO STATION.

 PLEASE CONTINUE TO STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO, YOUR LOCAL MEDIA AND INTERNET SOURCES, AND THIS STATION, 1620 AM, FOR THE LATEST UPDATES STORM CONDITIONS AND EVACUATION INFORMATION

Shelters: The Manasquan High School reception area is now closed.  Residents who require sheltering at a County shelter may come to Borough Hall to complete the registration process.

Oct. 28, 2012 - 7:55pm

NJ TRANSIT to begin gradual suspension of service starting Sunday afternoon  affecting Manasquan transit lines... click here.

Oct. 28, 2012 1:27pm

*EVACUATION UPGRADED TO INCLUDE ADDITIONAL AREAS*

A state of emergency has been declared for the Borough of Manasquan.

A mandatory evacuation has been issued for all areas east of Watson’s Creek.
This evacuation order includes all areas east of the bridges, including the entire beachfront, Deep Creek Drive and GlimmerGlass Circle.

A mandatory evacuation is also in effect for Main Street east of Sims Avenue, including all of Sims, Pershing and Meadow Avenues…Watson, Holly & River Place, Perrine Boulevard and East Virginia Avenue, including all side streets that fall between East Virginia Ave and Perrine Boulevard.

Additionally, a voluntary evacuation is recommended to persons residing East of Highway 71, and not in the aforementioned mandatory zones.  People in this area that live in low-lying or flood-prone areas, particularly the elderly and special needs persons, are advised to evacuate now.  Furthermore, depending on future forecasts, the mandatory evacuation may need to be expanded to additional areas.

Evacuees should rush all preparatory actions to completion, and be prepared
to leave affected areas now.   The incoming tide will likely cause access
points to be cut off permanently due to flooding by 4 PM today.  It is recommended that utilities including gas and electric be shut off prior to leaving your home.  Please be advised that once your gas is shut off, you should contact NJ Natural gas prior to re-establishing service.

A map of evacuation areas is available on the Borough’s website at www.manasquan-nj.com.  The latest storm and evacuation information will be posted both on the website and 1620AM station.  Residents are also encouraged to register for email and text notifications on the Borough’s website.

Click here for map

October 28, 2012 - 10:40AM -

MANDATORY EVACUATION NOTICE

It is imperative that all affected homes in the evacuation area take heed of this notice.  Ignoring the notice will cause severe harm or death.

A mandatory evacuation has been issued for all areas east of Watson’s Creek.  This evacuation order includes all areas east of the bridges, including the entire beachfront, Deep Creek Drive and GlimmerGlass Circle.  All residents within this area must be evacuated by 2:00 PM Today.

VOLUNTARY EVACUATION AREA MAY CHANGE

Additionally, a voluntary evacuation is recommended to persons residing East of Highway 71, and west of the bridges.  People in this area that live in low-lying or flood-prone areas, particularly the elderly and special needs persons, are advised to evacuate now.  Furthermore, depending on future forecasts, the mandatory evacuation may need to be expanded to include all or part of these areas.

The Borough is keeping a close watch on the storm predictions which may result in an upgrade  in this area from a Voluntary to Mandatory at a later time.  Please listen to 1620AM or view this website for updates.
October 28, 2012 - 8:30AM - AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS  STORM WILL BEGIN TO IMPACT THE AREA LATER TODAY

THE FOLLOWING WATCHES & WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR OUR AREA…

HIGH WIND WARNING: ONSHORE WINDS OF 35 TO 45 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 75 MPH ARE ANTICIPATED.  THIS WILL LIKELY RESULT IN UPROOTED TREES AND WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES OF LONG DURATION.

FLOOD WATCH: 2 TO 6 INCHES OF WIND SWEPT RAIN CAN BE EXPECTED

COASTAL FLOOD WARNING: MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING WILL OCCUR TONIGHT.  MAJOR COASTAL FLOODING IS FORECAST FOR BOTH THE MONDAY MORNING AND MONDAY EVENING HIGH TIDE CYCLES… COASTAL FLOODING MAY EXTEND INTO THE TUESDAY MORNING HIGH TIDE. THE TIMES OF HIGH TIDE AT MANASQUAN INLET ARE AS FOLLOWS…

                7:30 PM SUNDAY – MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING
                8:00 AM MONDAY - SEVERE COASTAL FLOODING
                8:15 PM MONDAY NIGHT – SEVERE COASTAL FLOODING
                8:30 AM TUESDAY – MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING

REMEMBER, AS THE STORM APPROACHES, ALL PUBLIC INFORMATION UPDATES WILL BE MADE ON THIS RADIO STATION, AS DATA AND INTERNET CONNECTIONS MAY BECOME COMPROMISED.

RESIDENTS ARE REMINDED TO NOT CALL POLICE HEADQUARTERS AT ANY TIME UNLESS IT IS AN ACTUAL EMERGENCY, AS QUESTIONS REGARDING THE STORM WILL BE DIRECTED TO THIS RADIO STATION.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO, YOUR LOCAL MEDIA AND INTERNET SOURCES, AND THIS STATION, 1620 AM, FOR THE LATEST UPDATES STORM CONDITIONS AND EVACUATION INFORMATION
 
REMINDERS

Evacuations:

A state of emergency has been declared for the Borough of Manasquan. 

A mandatory evacuation has been issued for all areas east of Watson’s Creek.  This evacuation order includes all areas east of the bridges, including the entire beachfront, Deep Creek Drive and GlimmerGlass Circle.  All residents within this area must be evacuated by 2:00 PM Today.

Additionally, a voluntary evacuation is recommended to persons residing East of Highway 71, and west of the bridges.  People in this area that live in low-lying or flood-prone areas, particularly the elderly and special needs persons, are advised to evacuate now.  Furthermore, depending on future forecasts, the mandatory evacuation may need to be expanded to include all or part of these areas.

Evacuees should rush all preparatory actions to completion, and be prepared to leave affected areas no later than 2 PM today.  It is recommended that utilities including gas and electric be shut off prior to leaving your home.  Please be advised that once your gas is shut off, you should contact NJ Natural gas prior to re-establishing service.

A map of evacuation areas is below.

Evacuation Map

The latest storm and evacuation information will be posted both on the website and this am station.  Residents are also encouraged to register for email and text notifications on the Borough’s website.

Shelters:

First and foremost…  It is recommended that evacuees plan to stay with family and or friends when at all possible, as local shelters are uncomfortable, may loose power, and may become overwhelmed.

Effective 12 noon today, the Manasquan High School located at the intersection of Broad Street and Atlantic Avenue will be a reception center for evacuees. The reception area will be located in the gymnasium located in the rear of the school.  Please note that once registered, evacuees will be bussed to the nearest county shelter, which currently is the Arthur Brisbane Child Treatment Center in Wall Township. In order to be admitted into the county shelter, evacuees must first register at the Manasquan High School.  Under no circumstances will county shelters accept walk-ins

Evacuees are advised to bring any required medicines, and bedding including sleeping bags and pillows.  Please be advised that the designated shelter is a pet friendly shelter.
October 28, 2012 7:00AM - Emergency Preparedness Report to Residents

The storm is expected to last from Sunday to Tuesday with the most severe impacts anticipated early Monday morning thru Tuesday. The three-day storm is expected to feature a mix of strong winds and rain exacerbated by the tidal fluctuations of the full moon. With many trees still holding leaves, falling limbs are a major concern 

With a major storm expected to begin in New Jersey on Sunday, Manasquan Officials started their early preparations on Thursday.  Office of Emergency Management Officials conducted meetings daily with Department Heads and Emergency Responders as well as participated with in a countywide telephone conference with the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management.

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gifAdditionally JCPL representative were contacted by top ranking Borough Officials to ensure that this time there would be a consistent and continuous line of communication during and after the storm.

The control room at borough hall has been activated for the storm.  The control room, a conversion of the existing conference room,  uses existing technology and equipment and contains a centralized staff communication phone system, real time news report media, computer and projector system as well as town wide maps to track activity.

Police, Fire, First Aid and Emergency Management are coordinated and ready.  Borough Departments have taken stock of their supplies and equipment and are prepared to mobilize their resources.

All modes of Emergency Communications Systems have been activated. They include:
Manasquan Radio 1620AM
Borough of Manasquan Website www.manasquan-nj.com
Manasquan Email Notification System
Manasquan Cell phone and Text Notification system (MCTN)
Manasquan Community Access Channel
Facebook
Twitter
Town-wide Emergency Siren Alert System

Borough Schools have activated their Honeywell phone system and will be providing the borough with an additional line of communication to residents.  Information about school closures should be addressed with the school or by listening to radio announcements.

One of the major concerns during the storm is the deluge of non-emergency phone calls to the Police Department.  Multiple calls clog up the phone lines that could potentially affect a true emergency call’s response time.

Residents are encouraged to use the modes of communication above and avoid calling the police department except in cases of emergency.  The Borough will provide a Frequently Asked Questions page on its website during the storm.  Please visit the website often and listen to the Manasquan Radio Station 1620AM for up to date information

The Borough is also working closely with the Federal Office of Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide regular updates through Facebook and Twitter.  Individuals are encouraged to visit and follow those sites often.

The Public Works Department began preparations by inspecting large and small equipment and filling beach dune openings to help protect the beachfront areas. Benches were moved to an offsite location.  Additionally the Department has made back-up provisions with other agencies and vendors for large equipment and vehicles should they be needed.  Streets continue to be inspected and cleared of debris before the storm arrives.  Additional preparations will continue over the weekend.

Monmouth County will be taking the lead on shelter provisions and Manasquan will support gaps by initiating a reception center at the high school.

Residents requiring special medical attention who have been identified by the police department have been contacted.

Congressman Chris Smith’s office has also offered their assistance with direct communication to his staff.

Borough Residents are being asked to do their part in preparing for the storm, not only for themselves but also for the elderly and disabled and volunteering help for our community.  Sharing information with your friends and neighbors is encouraged but sharing correct information is the key to successful emergency preparedness and response.

Post-storm notification flyers are most effective with the help of volunteers from various groups. Groups and individuals are encouraged to email the borough to offer their help.

Key Borough Officials are prepared to keep the control center operative 24 hours during storm activity.

Should you have questions or would like to volunteer for post storm assistance, please email Borough Administrator Joe DeIorio at jdeiorio@manasquan-nj.com.

October 27, 2012 - 10:15PM ... A HISTORIC STORM WILL IMPACT THE AREA SUNDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY...

THE FOLLOWING WATCHES & WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR OUR AREA…

HIGH WIND WATCH: ONSHORE WINDS WILL INCREASE ON SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY, AND  WINDS OF 35 TO 45 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 65 MPH ARE ANTICIPATED.  THIS WILL LIKELY RESULT IN UPROOTED TREES AND WIDESPREAD  POWER OUTAGES OF LONG DURATION.

FLOOD WATCH: 4 TO 8 INCHES OF WIND SWEPT RAIN CAN BE EXPECTED

COASTAL FLOOD WARNING: MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING WILL BEGIN WITH SUNDAYS HIGH TIDE.  MAJOR COASTAL FLOODING IS FORECAST FOR BOTH THE MONDAY MORNING AND MONDAY EVENING HIGH TIDE CYCLES… COASTAL FLOODING MAY EXTEND INTO THE TUESDAY MORNING HIGH TIDE.

REMEMBER, AS THE STORM APPROACHES, ALL PUBLIC INFORMATION UPDATES WILL BE MADE ON MANASQUAN RADIO STATION 1620AM, AS DATA AND INTERNET CONNECTIONS MAY BECOME COMPROMISED.

RESIDENTS ARE REMINDED TO NOT CALL POLICE HEADQUARTERS AT ANY TIME UNLESS IT IS AN ACTUAL EMERGENCY, AS QUESTIONS REGARDING THE STORM WILL BE DIRECTED TO THIS RADIO STATION.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO, YOUR LOCAL MEDIA AND INTERNET SOURCES, AND THIS STATION, 1620 AM, FOR THE LATEST UPDATES ON EXPECTED STORM CONDITIONS AND EVACUATIONS

Evacuations  - Please refer to previous post for detailed information

Shelters Information Update:

Effective 12 noon Sunday, the Manasquan High School located at the intersection of Broad Street and Atlantic Avenue will be a reception center for evacuees. The reception area will be located in the gymnasium located in the rear of the school.  Please note that once registered, evacuees will be bussed to the nearest county shelter, which currently is the Arthur Brisbane Child Treatment Center in Wall Township. In order to be admitted into the county shelter, evacuees must first register at the Manasquan High School.  Under no circumstances will county shelters accept walk-ins

Evacuees are advised to bring any required medicines, and bedding including sleeping bags and pillows.  Please be advised that the designated shelter is a pet friendly shelter.

Reminder:
If you would like to participate in the Manasquan Cellphone and Text Notification system (MCTN).  Email to notification@manasquan-nj.com with your name, Manasquan property address, cell phone number and cell phone carrier.  Please provide all information - any information missing will not allow the system to send messages.

 

October 27, 2012 - 5:10PM -information below provided by the Red Cross, JCP&L and First Energy

Red Cross
The American Red Cross recommends the preparation of a portable three day kit with the following supplies:

  • Water - one gallon per person, per day.
  • Food - non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items such as tuna fish, peanut butter, crackers, and canned fruit. Make sure to include a manual can opener.
  • A battery-powered or hand-crank radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
  • A first aid kit.
  • Prescription and non-prescription medication items. Include medical supplies like extra hearing aid batteries, syringes, etc.
  • Copies of important documents, including birth certificates, insurance policies and social security cards.
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
  • Extra cash. ATMs and credit cards won’t work if the power is out.
  • Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members.
  • One blanket or sleeping bag per person.
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowls).

For more information about hurricane preparedness, visit: www.redcross.org.  For smart phone users, download the American Red Cross Hurricane App.

To Report Power Outages Call:
FirstEnergy:        1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) Downed wires should immediately be called in to your electric company or local police or fire department. Customers should never go near a downed power line.

October 27, 2012 - 3:30PM - Evacuations: A state of emergency has been declared for the Borough of Manasquan.  The following ordinances are now in place. 

Effective immediately, a mandatory evacuation has been issued for all areas east of Watson’s Creek.  This evacuation order includes all areas east of the bridges, including the entire beachfront, Deep Creek Drive and GlimmerGlass Circle.  All residents within this area must be evacuated by 2:00 PM Sunday. Click here for more information and an evacuation map.

October 27, 2012 - 8:00AM - OEM Storm track projection.
October 27, 2012 - 12:10AM - FirstEnergy Utilities Mobilizing Resources in Advance of Hurricane Sandy
Magnitude of Storm Could Result in Lengthy Power Outages; Customers Encouraged to Begin Preparations Now - Click here for more information
October 26, 2012 - 4:40PM - STORM EMERGENCY PREPARATION: GARBAGE PICK UP SERVICE CHANGES Please be advised that due to the pending storm approaching our area, garbage pickup for Monday and Tuesday has been cancelled.  Therefore, residents whose garbage pick are on those dates, should place their garbage out for pickup on their next regularly scheduled pick up date.

October 26, 2012
Manasquan Cell Phone and Text Notification System (MCTN) available
. To sign up, please send an email to notification@manasquan-nj.com with your first and last name, Manasquan property address, cell phone number and cell phone carrier

October 25, 2012
Storm Alert
- Major Coastal Storm may impact our area Sunday through Tuesday.  Please tune to 1620 am for latest storm and potential evacuation information. Please do not call the Police Department unless it is an Emergency.

 

 

 

 

 

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