How the Community Will Help Us Prepare for the Next Super Storm

Below is an op-ed I wrote, as Village President and Office of Emergency Management Coordinator: Superstorm Sandy was one of the worst storms ever to hit the state of New Jersey. However, despite its seeming rarity, it will not be the last, as weather events seem to be trending towards the more extremes. As a result, a unique opportunity exists to collectively and comprehensively assess what happened and to make improvements and recommendations before the next major storms hits. Although from the feedback we've received, the response and communication from the Village itself was generally very good, we can, of course, always do better. And it is critical to remember that, for an event this large, the Village’s response is significantly impacted by the response of others, for example PSE&G and NJ Transit.

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ACLU NJ recognizes New Jersey leaders, including Village President Alex Torpey for Open Government

This Thanksgiving, the New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union thanked a few New Jersey leaders who they feel made a positive impact for the citizens of New Jersey in 2012: Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno & Board of Elections Director Robert Giles for protecting voters South Orange Village President Alex Torpey for commitment to open government All of the emergency crews, public servants, and New Jersey residents who supported each other before, during and after Hurricane Sandy Read the full press release from the ACLU.

From the Village: Village officials ask Trenton to hold PSE&G accountable for storm response

Below please find a press release from the Village regarding accountability post Hurricane Sandy, and the resolution which was passed at the end of the post. SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many towns are asking for accountability from utility companies that some feel failed to provide accurate and timely information not only to customers, but also to local governments and emergency personnel. On Monday night, the South Orange Board of Trustees unanimously voted to send a strong message to the Village’s electricity provider - Public Service Electric & Gas - and to State Officials in Trenton that legislative steps need to be taken to remedy the problems that occurred over the past two weeks. "The failure of communication, information management and emergency preparedness on the part of PSE&G as a whole is unacceptable" said Village President Alex Torpey who is not only the Village’s Mayor, but also Office of Emergency Management Coordinator. "The most frustrating part is that we brought up many of these concerns last year after the snowstorm and Hurricane Irene, and we have not seen adequate progress on making the changes needed. That means it's time for a legislative fix, I think that’s the...

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Updated Essential Hurricane Sandy Information

Information from the South Orange Office of Emergency Managment below:    Hurricane Sandy Preparedness Information South Orange Office of Emergency Management will be posting updates on this page throughout the weekend and through the duration of Hurricane Sandy. You can also follow South Orange on Twitter @SouthOrangeNJ for the quickest updates. Setup Twitter to text you when South Orange posts an update: Monday, October 29th 430pm Essential information regarding Hurricane Sandy as of Monday, October 29th from South Orange Office of Emergency Management Shelter in-home, unless specific conditions exist that require you to evacuate (see below) We expect the major impact of the storm to be late Monday night into Tuesday morning, with significant rainfall and extremely hazardous wind conditions Primary town shelter will be located at the South Orange Public Library at 65 Scotland Road. To utilize the shelter please call SOPD at 973 763 3000. Leashed pets allowed. Bring supplies/bedding. County shelter is available at Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Leashed pets allowed. All village offices, school district, Seton Hall and state and county offices are closed As of 4pm on Monday, all roads in the Village are closed for non-emergency vehicles and on-street parking suspended....