Please click here to view a copy of the City of Summit Hurricane Sandy After Action Report.
This report analyzes event results, identifies strengths to be maintained and built upon, identifies potential areas for further improvement, and supports development of corrective actions.
CITY OF SUMMIT EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS:
“Make Sure You’re Signed Up for CodeRED”
The City of Summit has the ability to notify its citizens about emergencies in Summit for severe storms, power outages, water main breaks, etc.
In order to receive these important messages, you must sign up at CodeRED™ offered by Emergency Communications Network.
You may choose how to receive your messages via voicemail, text or email. Sign-up is easy and simple. Don’t hesitate…sign up today! Stay informed at home or on-the-go. The link is at the bottom right of the City’s homepage at www.cityofsummit.org.
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION OFFERS FEDERAL LOANS FOR HOME AND BUSINESSES
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering federal loans for disaster assistance if your home or business suffered damage due to Hurricane Irene for your home or business. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is December 31, 2012. The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 31, 2013.SBA also sugests you do not wait for your insurance settlement and apply for federal loan to begin restroration work now. For home disaster loan
Those affected by the storm can apply for federal disaster assistance through March 1, 2013 at http://disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (TTY 1-800-462-7585).
FEMA has requested that all customers who lost power during this storm register with FEMA.
HOME ELECTRICAL SERVICE REPAIRS
Many Summit residences sustained damaged electrical service to their homes, over and above whatever storm damage affected the utility distribution grid. In cases where a home’s electrical service has been damaged, JCP&L will not re-energize the dwelling’s electrical service until it has been properly repaired by a licensed electrical contractor and inspected by the City. The first step is to retain a NJ-licensed electrical contractor to make all necessary repairs to your service entrance and associated wiring. This repair can start as ‘emergency work’ prior to obtaining a permit, but an electrical permit is still required. The City’s Construction Office is issuing these permits ‘on the spot’ if complete (including the electrical contractor’s license seal press) and is waiving all construction permit fees associated with storm repair. JCP&L will not re-energize the service until they receive a ‘cut-in card’ from the City indicating that we have inspected the repairs and they have been approved. These procedures have been streamlined to facilitate service restoration, but the primary objective is to ensure the home’s electrical system is safe prior to start-up. Residents with questions can call the Construction Office at (908) 273-6408. The office is open weekdays from 7:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
For train information please go to NJ Transit's website and for bus information please go to Lakeland Bus. Residents can park in any of our resident parking lots and there is availability. Non-residents can park at the Broad Street East Lot. Questions, please contact Summit Parking Services Agency at 908-522-5100 or email at email@example.com.
STATE OF NJ - BOARD OF PUBLIC UTILITIES
The Division of Customer Assistance handles verbal, written and email complaints as well as in-person office interviews and other information inquiries. Customers may contact the Division with complaints regarding service delays, lack of service, appliance repairs, discontinuance of service, payment arrangements, high bills, deposit requests, and incurred rates/high rates. Emergency assistance is also available for gas leaks, fallen wires and water main breaks. To file a complaint online, please go to http://www.state.nj.us/bpu/assistance/complaints/
Please direct your written complaints to: NJ Board of Public Utilities, Division of Customer Assistance, 44 South Clinton Ave., 9th floor, P.O. Box 350, Trenton, NJ 08625-0350
To make a verbal complaint, please call 800-624-0241
DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AVAILABLE
Disaster unemployment benefits for Union County residents made jobless by Hurricane Sandy: Union County residents... http://dlvr.it/2QDqfx
Portable Generators and portable stoves MUST be operated outdoors away from any door or window.
CO DETECTORS AND SMOKE ALARMS
Please check your CO Detectors and Smoke Alarms and install new batteries for your protection.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT UPDATES
Click here for Health Department updates regarding FEMA donations, Union County FEMA Disaster Recovery Center, Food, Safety and Environmental Questions, pet rescue, general storm related hotline, and Disaster Mental Health Hotline.
VERIZON WIRELESS TO WAIVE PHONE CALL AND TEXT CHARGES FOR SANDY VICTIMS
On Sunday, Verizon announced that they would be doing their part to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy in NJ and NY. These customers will not be billed for phone calls or text messages from October 29, 2012 through November 16, 2012. Verizon customers in the following NJ counties will not be charged: Atlantic City, Bergen County, Burlington County, Canden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, and Warren County.
The bocce court located behind the Community Center, 100 Morris Ave., has sustained structural damage. Play will resume after repairs have been completed.
REPORT POWER OUTAGES
If you have lost power, you must contact JCP&L to report the outage by calling the automated reporting line at 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877)
or through JCP&L's website at www.jcp-l.com.
Please do not call Police or 911.
STAY AWAY FROM ANY DOWNED WIRES
Report downed wires immediately to JCP&L by calling 1-888-544-4877 or dial 9-1-1.
Never go near a downed power line, even if you think it is no longer carrying electricity. Do not try to remove trees or tree limbs from power lines.
Three smartphone APPS designed to assist residents during emergencies.
1. CodeRED Mobile Alert by Emergency Communications Network, INC The CodeRED Mobile Alert app keeps users informed and ahead of the storm.
Designed to keep you informed and aware, the CodeRED Mobile Alert App taps into the national CodeRED® Emergency Notification System which Summit uses for it's emergency notification system. This app alerts subscribers located within the reach of a given notification generated by public safety officials. The App tracks your position, so no matter where you are when an alert is issued, you will receive notifications that affect you right on your mobile device.
Apple devices: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/codered-mobile-alert/id468404991?ls=1&mt=8
Android devices: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ecnetwork.crma&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5lY25ldHdvcmsuY3JtYSJd
2. FEMA by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) The FEMA App (smartphone app for mobile devices) contains disaster safety tips, interactive lists for storing your emergency kit and emergency meeting location information, and a map with open shelters and open FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs). The app is free to download through your smartphone provider’s app store:
Android devices: https://market.android.com/details?id=gov.fema.mobile.android
Apple devices: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fema/id474807486?ls=1&mt=8
Blackberry devices: http://www.fema.gov/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fappworld.blackberry.com%2Fwebstore%2Fvendor%2F18869%2F
3. Red Cross Hurricane APP
Be ready for severe weather with Hurricane by American Red Cross. Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an area where a hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do.
Apple devices: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hurricane-by-american-red/id545689128?mt=8
Android devices: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cube.arc.hfa