Almost one year ago, Wyckoff officials called Superstorm Sandy an ‘unprecedented disaster.’
The township, Wyckoff Police Department, and its Office of Emergency Management have not forgotten the response to the storm, which included weeks-long power outages, school closures, and significant damage to about 50 township homes.
Coming upon the one year anniversary of the storm, the township is asking residents to remember it, and learn from it, too.
“As we approach the 2013 Hurricane Season, we take a minute to reflect on the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy,” the township said in a recent release. “Through the efforts of local, county and state emergency management personnel, we were able to overcome the devastating effects of this storm.”
Wyckoff is asking residents to prepare for the 2013 hurricane season by being “storm informed” through several resources provided by both the town, and the state.
- The State Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has put together a comprehensive Hurricane Survival Guide.
- Residents can "Sign up for E-news" on the home page of www.wyckoff-nj.com to receive notices of road closings/detours, emergency communications during storms, recreation program sign ups, changes in recycling pick-ups due to holidays, tax payment reminders and other useful and timely public information.
- Wyckoff residents should register their cell phone numbers on the home page of www.wyckoff-nj.com at the Reverse 911 telephone symbol to receive telephone calls with emergency information.
- Residents can sign up to receive text messages from the Wyckoff Police Department on the home page of www.wyckoff-nj.com at the Nixle Text Message symbol.
- Facebook users can click on Wyckoff, NJ Office of Emergency Management and "Like the page" to receive emergency storm information from the Wyckoff Police Department.
- The Township of Wyckoff web page wyckoff-nj.com has many resources to assist residents with assembling a home emergency preparedness kit which includes links to; "A Public Health Guide to Emergency Planning"; "NJ Office of Emergency Management" website; "Bergen County Office of Emergency Management", "NJ Hurricane Survival Guide" and other useful information. Click onto the Emergency Services quick link on the left of the home page and then click on Emergency Preparedness quick link.
Residents with questions can contact Wyckoff Police Lt. Charles Van Dyk, the hurricane preparedness coordinator, at 201-891-2121 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.