TOWNSHIP HURRICANE JOAQUIN UPDATE
The Township Emergency Management Team, consisting of fire services, police services, emergency medical services, public works and administration, met this morning to begin aggressive preparations for Hurricane Update.
South Jersey is expected to receive up to 10 inches of rain between today and Tuesday, when the heart of the storm reaches South Jersey. The Governor declared a state of emergency this morning.
This is what the Township has or will accomplish before the effects of Joaquin reaches us:
- Storms drains are being cleared by Public Works, but we could use the help of citizen volunteers. If you are able, please give us a hand by clearing any debris near storm drains;
- County emergency management services have been contacted to clear storm drains on county roads;
- Tree removal contractors have been placed on retainer and will be exclusively available;
- Because some trees may still be weak from the last storm, the fire department and public works will have chain saw crews for emergency removals;
- The Township has made contingency plans for extended power outages by harnessing additional generators and by arranging fuel supplies that do not depend on electricity;
- The Red Cross has been contacted and the Senior Center on Greentree Road will be the designated emergency shelter;
- The Fire Department has their small fleet of boats ready to go;
- All of the major lakes are being drained to alleviate any flooding issues;
- Beaver dams (yes, there are quite a few) will be torn down by heavy equipment to alleviate flooding;
- Police, fire, public works and EMS employees have been placed on notice for mandatory reporting as the storm approaches
The Township’s Emergency Operation Center (EOC) will be opened as deemed appropriate. All EOC staff will continue to communicate with each other and prepare for the storm. The Township will be prepared to serve the residents as Joaquin approaches. All available personnel will be on hand to ensure the safety of residents and the protection of property.
Please stay tuned for additional updates.
Shred Day Event POSTPONED
Saturday's Shred Day Event has been cancelled due to the threat of extreme weather, including wind and rain. the paper cannot get wet prior to going thru the shredder.
The new date for the event is Saturday, April 9, 2016
Washington Township Municipal Building Parking Lot
523 Egg Harbor Road, Sewell 08080
Contact: Lisa Collins, 856-256-7903
12th ANNUAL CLEAN-UP DAY
Washington Township will hold its Twelfth-Annual Community Clean-Up Day on Saturday, October 10th from 9:00 AM to 12 Noon with a rain date of October 17th. The event was created to heighten community awareness of litter throughout the Township. Trash bags, gloves, reflector vests, T-Shirts and other needed supplies will be provided.
A number of clean-up sites will be identified throughout the Township and volunteers are assigned to particular sites based upon the sites’ needs, group’s capabilities and safety concerns. Residents are encouraged to clean up streets and open space areas in their developments. After the cleanup, there is a barbecue for the volunteers in Washington Lake Park.
Individuals and businesses, school and youth athletic teams, church and civic groups are encouraged to sign up to volunteer for this tremendously successful annual event! Those needing community service hours may pick up a certificate of volunteerism at the barbecue.
For a Registration form CLICK HERE
For Event Flyer CLICK HERE