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Coastal Resiliency Plan Missing Urgency and Action

Trenton, NJ: NJ Sierra Club release – Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner McCabe announced a forthcoming Coastal Resilience Plan from the department. The announcement was made today during the during the Coastal Resilience Summit at Monmouth University. The plan is meant to be “a blueprint for protection of property, lives, infrastructure and natural environments by guiding policies, regulations, resources and funding.” The DEP will be conducting stakeholder outreach over the next year, which includes the launching of their new website on the Plan. The plan also includes grants of up to $200,000 each for four regional planning teams (Jersey City, Middlesex County, Long Beach Island, and Ventnor). “The DEP is announcing a planning process while New Jersey sees the affects of…
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NJOHSP Pilots Maritime Radiation Detection Operations Course With DHS

CAMDEN, NJ­ — On September 25-27, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) piloted a three-day course from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) called Maritime Rad/Nuclear Detection Operations Course (PER 350) aboard the historic Battleship New Jersey in Camden County. Over the years, NJOHSP has developed a successful partnership with the personnel on the Battleship, who provided the classroom portion of the three-day training. The rest of the exercise was composed of maritime drills for public agencies to participate in on the Delaware River. “We are honored and proud to have the Battleship serve as a resource for this important training program,” said Phil Rowan, CEO of the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial. “The…
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GAS DISASTER – 80 Homes Explode / Burn in New England Valley – PSE&G Sends 50 Employees to Aid Columbia Gas

(NEWARK, – September 14, 2018) Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, is sending 45 gas service technicians and 6 gas supervisors to assist Columbia Gas of Massachusetts as they work to ensure the continued safety of area residents in the wake of yesterday’s fires. “Our hearts and thoughts are with the families who are suffering and with all those affected by this tragedy,” said Joe Forline, PSE&G vice president of gas operations. “Safety is the highest priority in our industry. Our service technicians quickly responded to the call to provide support to Columbia Gas employees as they investigate the cause and work to restore service.” The PSE&G employees expect to arrive in the Boston area…
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PSE&G Becomes First Utility to Meet Department of Homeland Security Anti-Terrorism Standards

New Jersey Strong. com NEWS - (Aug. 20, 2018 ─ Newark, ) ─ PSE&G is the first public utility in the United States to obtain SAFETY Act liability protections from the Department of Homeland Security for the deployment of physical security measures that are designed to detect, deter and recover from acts of terrorism. The protections cover the PSEG Holistic Security Model, a customized anti-terrorism program that is designed to identify and reduce risks based on comprehensive planning processes and physical security measures at five PSE&G critical electrical sites in New Jersey that are subject to North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC CIP) standards, and runs through July 31, 2023. “PSEG immediately recognized the value of having…
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Presidential Notice Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Certain Terrorist Attacks

Washington, DC: from the President of the United States, Donald Trump.  Consistent with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act, 50 1622(d), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency previously declared on September 14, 2001, in Proclamation 7463, with respect to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks on the United States. Because the terrorist threat continues, the national emergency declared on September 14, 2001, and the powers and authorities adopted to deal with that emergency must continue in effect beyond September 14, 2018. Therefore, I am continuing in effect for an additional year the national emergency declared on September 14, 2001, in response to certain terrorist attacks. This notice…
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Attorney General’s Office Charges Four More Individuals With Filing False Applications For Superstorm Sandy Relief Funds

TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced that the Attorney General’s Office and its state and federal partners have charged four new defendants with filing fraudulent applications for federal relief funds related to Superstorm Sandy, bringing the total number of defendants charged by the office in these cases to 120 since March 2014. “Any fraud against public assistance programs is deplorable, but these thefts were especially egregious because they diverted funds intended for victims left homeless by one of the most devastating storms in New Jersey history,” said Attorney General Grewal. “We have recovered over $ million through these prosecutions and we also have sent a strong message that should deter this type of fraud during future disaster…
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Disaster Planning – Drug Free Moms Infant and Child Feeding

Natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and tornados, can make it hard for parents and caregivers to feed their infants and young children safely. Follow these tips to feed your child safely when disaster strikes. For Parents and Caregivers. In the event of a natural disaster, be prepared for challenges, which may include power outages, unhealthy living spaces, and unsafe water. Always check with local authorities on the status of the drinking water and follow boil water advisories. The following tips provide specific information for how to feed your young child safely during an emergency. Breastfeeding. Breastfeeding remains the best infant feeding option in a natural disaster situation. Breast milk helps protect babies from diseases such as diarrhea…
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Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Declaring State of Emergency in Flood-Impacted Counties

Directive Will Allow Resources to Be Focused on Hard-Hit Areas of Bergen, Essex, Monmouth, Ocean & Passaic   TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order 33, declaring a state of emergency in Bergen, Essex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Passaic counties and allowing for the extension of state resources, as necessary and as requested, into communities most directly impacted by flooding as a result of this past weekend’s torrential rains. “There is no doubt that parts of our state have received nothing less than historic amounts of rain, and some communities received an entire month’s worth in just a few hours,” said Governor Murphy. “I am signing an executive order declaring a state of emergency for Bergen, Essex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Passaic…
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After the Flood – Going Home ? Beware of Toxic Molds.

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management offers the following safety tips regarding flood cleanup. Flood Safety – After The Flood Many areas of the state experienced significant flooding over the past few days. Know how to stay safe after a flood: • Listen to local authorities for information and instructions. • Return home only when authorities say it is safe. • Avoid driving, except in emergencies. NEVER drive through flooded areas and ALWAYS obey traffic barriers. • Snakes and other animals may be in your house. Wear heavy gloves and boots during clean up. • Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it…
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NATIONAL GATEWAY – Superstorm Sandy Coast Guard cuts ribbon on state-of-the-art facility at Station Sandy Hook

NEW YORK – Capt. Tim Heitsch, commander, Coast Guard Base Boston, and Mrs. Linda Papp observe damage to Station Sandy Hook housing, , Nov. 9, 2012. Papp met with members from Station Sandy Hook and toured the unit and housing, which sustained damage from Hurricane Sandy. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco. Atlantic Highlands – Sandy Hook, NJ: Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook unveiled a new, state-of-the-art facility, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Following Superstorm Sandy, Congress appropriated $54 million to bring the new facility to fruition, allowing Station Sandy Hook to continue to maintain the highest level of operational readiness. Superstorm Sandy made landfall along the Northeast coast in October 2012 and left…
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TRUMP Approves FEMA Major Disaster Declaration for NJ Following March Nor’Easter

TRENTON - Governor Phil Murphy’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the March 6 to March 7, 2018 winter storm was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Declaration helps alleviate the financial burden created by the storm by making millions in local disaster response expenditures in Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic and Somerset counties eligible for federal reimbursement. The Declaration also provides funding for statewide hazard mitigation projects to help protect against future disasters. “Alleviating the suffering and damage which resulted from the dangerous weather conditions during the March nor’easter is a crucial step towards recovery,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “I thank the federal government for approving this request to ensure New Jersey receives the assistance it needs to fully recover…
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Sovereign Citizen Extremist Arrested After Fraudulent Liens Filed Against Public Officials

file photo  TRENTON, NJ: – Director Jared Maples, of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), along with Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, announced that an Essex County man has been arrested for allegedly submitting two Uniform Commercial Code filings, which placed liens on the properties of four public officials in Irvington, , totaling over $ million. Courtney Alexander, 39, of Irvington was arrested Wednesday, May 23, in Irvington by NJOHSP detectives after having been indicted on two counts of second-degree fraudulent filings and one count of third-degree retaliation against a witness. Alexander was held in Essex County pending a detention hearing. “The safety and security of New Jersey’s residents is paramount to the men and women of our…
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New Summer Initiative to Keep Shore Communities Protected

Trenton, NJ -  With the unofficial start of summer less than a week away, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) has announced a new summer initiative designed to keep New Jersey’s residents safe this season. NJOHSP’s “Secure the Shore” Initiative is a specialized subsection of the State’s larger, year-round “See Something, Say Something” campaign that encourages the reporting of suspicious activity. Through suspicious activity awareness, reporting, and information-sharing, critical infrastructure owners and operators, law enforcement, and the public at-large prove invaluable to initiating investigations and preventing potential attacks. “After the Seaside Park bombing, it was tips from New Jersey residents that led to the arrest of the bomber, Ahmad Khan Rahimi,” said NJOHSP Director Jared Maples.…
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Governor Murphy Lifts State of Emergency

Trenton, NJ:  – Governor Phil Murphy today announced that the State of Emergency declared on March 6, 2018 has been lifted. New Jersey residents can resume normal activity but are still directed to use caution when navigating roads, especially due to ongoing inclement weather and continued snow melting. State offices will operate on a normal schedule. Text of Executive Order 15 is below. --------   State of New Jersey Executive Order #15 Governor Philip D. Murphy   WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 14 (2018), declaring a State of Emergency, was issued on March 6, 2018, because of severe weather events on March 2, 2018 and March 7, 2018; and WHEREAS, the severity of the conditions necessitating the declaration of a State of…
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Governor Phil Murphy Directs BPU Investigation Into Storm Response

Trenton – Governor Phil Murphy today announced that he has directed the Board of Public Utilities to complete an assessment and investigation of how state utility companies responded to the twin winter storms that struck New Jersey in early March, leaving hundreds of thousands of New Jersey residents without power. “My office has instructed President Fiordaliso and the BPU to conduct a full investigation into the responses to the storm,” Governor Murphy said. “We are going to examine what went wrong, and whether the plans for protecting and strengthening our grid devised post-Sandy have been followed statewide. We will look to see if all preparedness measures were taken before last Friday, knowing a major event was coming. If they have not…
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