EMERGENCY STORM INFO - UPDATED 8/29
Helpful links, phone numbers and storm information below, scroll down.
Photos and information are also being posted on The Borough of Collingswood Facebook page.
Post storm information from the Office of Emergency Management is attached below, including advice on basement flooding, gas and electrical isues.
Updates from Mayor Maley:
3:45pm - Clean-up after our discourteous, but not rude, guest Irene will continue for a few days. If thee are any dangerous condition, please let us know. Feel free to email me ay email@example.com with any issues. Be careful and observant with trees. The ground is extraordinarily wet and the winds could uproot trees as well as dislodge branches. If anything else significant occurs, we will update here but things look to be on a clean-up course. A word of thanks to all Borough personnel. We were prepared with a strong defense and it scared away the offense. Make sure you thank them all whenever you see them - it matters. thanks to residents for being smart and safe.
9:30am - Looks like we have a sewer main break at Cattell and Harrison. Our crews are on site and setting up some diverting lines. Should not affect your service. Again, roads are flooding on a spot basis without much warning so play a board game - at home.
8am - Haddon Avenue is flooding at the underpass below Rte. 130. Flood areas pop up very quickly in places we are not accustomed to see. Please stay off the roads.
7:45am - This is what we mean when we ask to please stay home. In the Pavilion at Cooper River, that is a man standing on a picnic bench unable to get out. So Fire Department now has to do a marine rescue. Please stay home.
6:45am - The State DOT has advised us they are not responding to calls until the storm is over. So our equipment/supplies have been exhausted. We have used all our cones and barriers so there are certainly roads that are impassable but not blocked off. Please stay off the roads even though the street outside your house may look clear.
5am - DPW, Police and Fire have been working all night to clear debris. Few trees have come down but, keep your fingers crossed, the worst winds are due to arrive in the next few hours. Route 130 and most major roadways are either completely closed or partially closed so most routes are impassable. Please stay off the roads today. Thanks. You can email me with any questions or requests at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will continue to poulate this page with emergency information during storm Irene. Please check back for infomation. In the event that you lose power, please tune to KYW1060 for storm information.
Do not call 911 unless you have an emergency. Non emergency questions shouldbe sirected to the Borough's Emergency Operations Center at 856-854-7447 x0.
The best source for emergency preparedness information is the New Jersey Office of Emergency Managment: http://www.ready.nj.gov/
The Borough's contingency plan is attached below, with shelter information. The main energency shelters at Collingswood Middle and High Schools will open on basis of necessity in the event that flood prone area need to be evacuated. If you live in a flood prone area, have medical issues or suspect that you will need to evacuate during the story, please make contiengency plans now. If you leave your home, shut off utilities.
We expect severe flooding and power outages. We advise businesses and residents to:
-Please remove all cars from the street.
-Do not operate generators indoors (NJ Poison contraol information on Carbon Monoxide poising below). Safely store fuel souces.
-Secure outdoor equipment as trash containers, lawn furniture, flags, umbrellas, construction supplies. Flying debris is the major cause of damage and injury.
-Locate and check your flashlights, get additional batteries for them and emergency radios. Candles can be a fire hazard.
-Prepare for possible long power outages.
-Prepare for downed trees and wires.
-Discuss disaster plans with family
-Prepare anhy emergency medications necessary
All Borough Buildings including the Library and Community Center, will be closed on Sunday, Aug 28.