Sunday, December 2, 2012
In order to protect local residents, first responders sacrificed their own safety during the destruction of Hurricane Sandy.
More than 130 dead. Damages totaling more than $71 billion. In the days and weeks following Hurricane Sandy, the broadly devastating toll wrought on the east coast became clear. Here in Wyckoff, the storm caused persistent inconveniences, such as long-lasting power outages, gas shortages, and road blockages, for residents and presented a unique set of obstacles for emergency responders. As the old adage goes, "proper planning and preparation prevents piss poor performance," and for the township's fire, police and ambulance crews, their widely praised performance may have been the direct result of actions taken in the days preceding Hurricane Sandy. For the Wyckoff Volunteer Fire Department preparations began in earnest in the fire house…
Thursday, November 15, 2012
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- PUBLIC SAFETY
Thursday, November 15, 2012
To The Editor: The Wyckoff Office of Emergency Management would like to give thanks to all of our Emergency Service workers, The Township Committee, Township Employees and the many volunteers who so generously gave their time, energy and spirit for approximately two weeks to effectively carry out our mission to the residents of providing safety as well as relief to the victims of The Hurricane Sandy disaster. We have all trained on helping people prevent, prepare for, and respond to all types of emergencies but this one put all of us to the test. Hundreds of volunteers and members of our community have given their energy, talent and generosity over the past few weeks to help those in need. As a result, The Wyckoff Office of Emergency …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Additional, brief, outages were reported on Wednesday afternoon in a large section of Wyckoff east of Route 208.
Lights have gone back on for nearly 90 percent of Wyckoff, but an approaching stormfront could spell trouble for township residents just reacclimatizing to life in the 21st century. As of Monday morning, approximately 85 to 90 percent of residents have power again after Hurricane Sandy, Wyckoff Mayor Chris DePhillips said in a message to residents Wednesday. "I continue to press PSE&G and Orange & Rockland, and the presidents of those companies, to get the job done and get power restored to all 17,000 of our residents," DePhillips said. "I have urged the utilities in the strongest possible terms to keep crews coming into Wyckoff to move us from 85 percent to 90 percent restoration to 100 percent restoration." But a winter weather …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
The Office of Emergency Management, headed by Wyckoff Police Lt. David Murphy, has created a Facebook page to help keep township residents in the loop.
The township's emergency management team created a Facebook Page they hope will help keep Wyckoff residents informed during Hurricane Sandy — and in the event of other dangerous situations. Wyckoff Police Lt. David Murphy alerted Patch regarding the page's creation on Friday. "The Office of Emergency Management ... will be using it in addition to email blasts and the Township website to further get out vital information via the social media," Murphy said. The page has been used so far to communicate school closings, emergency preparedness updates from the county and state level, and tips and reminders. According to the info on the new Facebook Page: "The Township of Wyckoff Emergency Management Page is dedicated to keeping the public aware…