They are calling the snow storm Athena, and for the battered and beleagured residents of Morris County, it couldn't be arriving at a worse time.
But the good news, is that even though the forecast for Wednesday into Thursday is windy, rainy and snowy, the Emergency Operation Center is prepared to burn the midnight oil as they did since they ramped up for Hurricane Sandy.
"The county is ready from a preparedness perspective," said Director of Emergency Management Jeff Paul before the Sandy struck last week. "Everyone has done phenomenal job getting ready and we're ready to offer support."
The OEM will continue to serve as the central point for municipalities to interact with and their local coordinator will work to get them resources allocated as needed.
“The county’s Emergency Operations Center remains open,” said Morris County Administrator John Bonanni. “The county’s Office of Emergency Management staff, law enforcement representatives, county department directors and their staff are keeping the EOC in operation 24-7 as we prepare for yet another weather maker heading toward us today and tonight.”
Morris County Office Of Emergency Management useful links and phone numbers:
- The County Office of Emergency Management provides road closure information and posted on their Road Closure blog.
- Other updates like where to find shelters and other services are located as part of their Public Information blog.
- The OEM also has direct ties to social media with a Twitter handle to follow: @MCUrgent and @MorrisCountyNJ and a pair of Facebook pages to like MCUrgent and MorrisCountyNJ.
- The OEM also have direct phone and e-mail through their contact page.
- During a loss of power, OEM reminds residents to report it online to JCP&L or by phone at 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877). And customer can follow outages using JCP&L's map.
Another comprehensive list of shelters, services and places to donate can be found on the Morris County Human Services web page.