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August 25, 2011

RE: Governor declares State of Emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Irene

Dear Mayor:

Today, in anticipation of Hurricane Irene, Governor Christie declared a state of emergency.   According to the most recent tracking, the storm could make landfall over the State, specifically Cape May and Atlantic counties, on Saturday.     Further, storm surges could lead to extensive flooding in parts of the State.  

The State’s climatologist indicates that Irene could be the most catastrophic storm to hit the State on record.

The Governor’s action (click here for the Executive OrderNo. 73) allows for the possible deployment of the National Guard.  The Governor is urging for a voluntary evacuation of coastal areas and indicated he was considering a mandatory evacuation for parts of the Jersey Shore. 

The State Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness is urging residents to stock up on supplies now, such as bottled water and canned goods and keep first-aid kits, batteries and flashlights on hand. 

Information on hurricane preparation is available at 

More information is available at  

Those of you who use twitter can also follow the New Jersey State Police at:   The League will also provide updates on its twitter feed at

Also, be advised that you have been invited to join Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate for a conference call today at 4:00PM (ET).  The purpose of this call will be to provide an update on the latest track of Hurricane Irene as well as DHS and FEMA’s current posture and preparations going forward.

Call Information

DATE:                                    Thursday, August 25, 2011
TIME:                                    4:00PM to 4:30PM Eastern
Conference Bridge:               888-469-3315
                                                (International only: 1-312-470-7340)
Conference Pin:                    3192228          

Finally, be aware that the Governor’s Declaration of a State of Emergency provides a cap exception for any extraordinary costs associated with the weather. We have reached out to the Division of Local Government Services for additional guidance on this, and other, consequences of the storm and the Governor’s declaration. We will share any additional information that we receive with you. In the meantime, you might want to carefully account for any extraordinary storm-related expenses that you incur, including storm preparation, response and recovery, while the State of Emergency remains in effect.

If you have any questions, contact Jon Moran at 609-695-3481, ext. 121 or

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director




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