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September 6, 2011

Re: I.          Resolution Commending the Municipal Response to Hurricane Irene and Welcoming an Investigation into Certain Public Utilities
II.         Extension of all Driver Licenses, Permits, Vehicle Registrations and Inspections
III.       Communicating with the Public during an Energy Emergency

Dear Mayor:

I.          Resolution Commending the Municipal Response to Hurricane Irene and Welcoming an Investigation into Certain Public Utilities

When crisis strikes, as it did in the form of Hurricane Irene, municipal government must be ready to act.  Local officials all around our Garden State met the challenge head on.  The storm revealed the strengths of New Jersey’s coordinated and cooperative emergency response system and it revealed the resiliency of our first responders.   But it may also have revealed certain weakness and areas for improvement.

Too many of our fellow citizens were forced to deal with the loss of electrical power for far too long.  Dozens of Mayors have expressed their concerns with this.  Now that the lights are on, we need to know why this happened, so that we can do our best to ensure that it will never happen again.

Toward that end, you might want to consider adapting and adopting the following sample resolution:http://www.njslom.org/resolutions/resolution_irene_bpu_hearing_thanks_090611.doc

II.        Extension of all Driver Licenses, Permits, Vehicle Registrations and Inspections

The Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) has issued a reminder that an extension for the August expiration of all driver licenses, permits, vehicle registration and inspections was issued on August 26, 2011 due to the impact of Hurricane Irene.  The extension is valid until Saturday, September 10, 2011.

The MVC has received reports that motorists with expired documents have been issued violations by various law enforcement entities. Motorists with documents that expired in August 2011 should not be given violations prior to September 10. The Administrative Order granting the extension is posted at the following link: www.state.nj.us/mvc/pdf/About/AdminOrder-2011-01.pdf

Please share this information with your law enforcement and court personnel.

III.       Communicating with the Public during an Energy Emergency

On Wednesday, September 14, 2011, from 2 to 3 pm ET, Public Technology Institute (PTI) will present a free webinar that will walk attendees through steps you can take to develop an effective media plan in preparation of an energy emergency. To register for this webinar – 
https://publictechnology.webex.com/publictechnology/onstage/g.php?d=667494373&t=a

Local governments play an important communications role during any emergency, and energy emergencies are no exception.  When energy delivery or availability is compromised, it is essential that the public be informed of the details and impact of the disruption.  To help local governments work with the media in informing the public with details on and impact of any energy disruption, PTI has released “Local Government Guidelines for Working with the Media During an Energy Emergency.”

Fostering a relationship with the media before, during, and after an energy emergency will help ensure that local governments can provide timely and accurate information about the emergency. This newly released document provides strategies that local governments can use for communicating effectively with the media, and for cultivating relationships with both the media and the public during energy-related emergencies.

To download this 16-page free document http://www.energyassurance.us/index.php/leap/more_2/112/

If you have any questions or need additional information on the above please contact Lori Buckelew at lbuckelew@njslom.com or 609-695-3481 x112.

Very truly yours,

 

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

 

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