The City of Hoboken has allocated $332,674 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to the Hoboken Shelter to make significant capital improvements to the facility. The improvements include installing an emergency generator system, renovating showers and restrooms, rebuilding and expanding the HVAC system, installing a water sprinkler fire suppression system, upgrading and repairing sewerage and drainage systems, replacing the kitchen exhaust fan system, resurfacing floors, and rebuilding window frames to enhance energy efficiency.
“The Hoboken Shelter is a model organization that supports the neediest and most vulnerable in our community and helps them transition to permanent housing,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We are proud to support their efforts by helping to create a safer and more comfortable environment for their guests. We laid the groundwork that led to Hoboken receiving more than $500,000 in additional CDBG funds than past years, enabling us to make this significant contribution to the Hoboken Shelter for the first time. I thank the City Council for working with my Administration and supporting this worthy initiative.” More >
Forecasts regarding two storm systems including Hurricane Joaquin have changed significantly in the past 24 hours, and the City of Hoboken Office of Emergency Management will continue to monitor weather forecasts and make necessary adjustments to preparations in the days ahead.
The National Hurricane Center’s forecast models for Hurricane Joaquin currently indicate a track offshore of the United States and shifting east out to sea. The National Weather Center has cancelled the Coastal Flood Watch and lowered rainfall forecasts through Sunday evening. Forecasts currently call for gusty winds up to 45 mph and periods of rain, possibly heavy at times, through Saturday morning, with rainfall amounts averaging between 0.5 and 1.5 inches with locally higher amounts of 2 to 3 inches possible. The threat of urban flooding is possible if heavy rainfall coincides with high tides, and strong winds could bring down power lines. Customers should call PSE&G at 800-436-7734 to report any downed power lines. Barricades have been pre-positioned to close off streets in the case of flooding. For their own safety and to protect property, drivers must obey barricades and not drive through flooded roads. Residents should bring in unsecured objects from patios and balconies and secure outdoor objects such as lawn furniture or garbage cans that could blow away and cause damage or injury.
“I thank the Hoboken Office of Emergency Management, Police Department, Fire Department, Environmental Services, Parking Utility, Community Emergency Response Team, and all of the outside organizations including the Hoboken Board of Education, North Hudson Sewerage Authority, Stevens Institute of Technology, Carepoint Health, Saints Peter and Paul, and others who worked with us to prepare for the worst,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Although the threat from Hurricane Joaquin appears to be lessening, this is a good opportunity for residents to make sure they are prepared and have a plan in case of any emergency.”More >
Residents Urged to Review Emergency Plans and Be Prepared
The City of Hoboken Office of Emergency Management is monitoring forecasts and making preparations for two major weather systems likely to impact our area. The threat of major coastal flooding, very heavy rainfall, and inland flooding has increased for Friday and Saturday, associated with the current storm system in advance of Hurricane Joaquin. Six to eight inches of additional rain are possible in the next week. The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory from Thursday 6am to Friday 6am and a Coastal Flood Watch from Friday 6am to 6pm. Hurricane Joaquin may impact the region on Sunday and into early next week and could lead to major to record flooding depending on its trajectory and strength. Prior to the possible impacts from Hurricane Joaquin, several days of heavy rain will saturate the ground and high tides caused by strong winds could make it difficult for the sewer system to naturally drain into the river.
“We are closely tracking weather forecasts, talking to experts at Stevens, and planning for a serious one-two punch from back-to-back storm systems that could cause serious flooding from late Thursday into early next week,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Our Office of Emergency Management team is coordinating with all departments and agencies and making preparations to ensure the safety of our community. Most importantly, now is the time for residents to make sure that they have a plan in place and are prepared for all possibilities.”
The City has plans in place to activate an Emergency Operations Center and relocate flood-prone public safety operations if necessary. The City’s high water vehicle is ready to be deployed if needed, along with several small boats. The City will be moving municipal vehicles to higher ground along Washington Street between Observer Highway and 2nd Street as well as 13th Street to 14th Street. In addition, the City is pre-positioning backup generators, filling a potable water tank, and coordinating plans to open a shelter and distribution center if necessary. More >
The City of Hoboken, in conjunction with Carepoint Health Hoboken University Medical Center, will be providing free seasonal flu vaccines on a first come, first served basis for adult Hoboken residents on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 from 12pm to 6pm in Assumption Hall at Hoboken University Medical Center, 308 Willow Avenue. Proof of residency is required.
For more information, please contact the Hoboken Health Department at 201-420-2375.More >