November 6, 2012

Princeton Acting as One During Storm

Borough and Township police have been acting as a single entity in responding to storm-related conditions. At noon Monday, after consultation with the Borough and Township Police departments and administration, Borough Mayor Yina Moore and Township Mayor Chad Goerner declared a state of emergency in the two communities and authorized the opening of an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the Princeton Township Police Department. This will be in effect until further notice. All declarations that have been issued by the Federal, State and County are in full effect.

In collaboration with Borough Captain Nicholas Sutter, Township Sergeant Michael R. Cifelli advised area residents that:

Any communications from the respective Departments about the storm or emergency services activity during the storm would be sent out jointly to ensure that all information that is sent out is consistent. Mr. Cifelli emphasized that here is no need to contact both departments for information as they will be together during the duration of the storm.

The joint Emergency Operations Center (EOC) includes the Princeton Fire Department (PFD) , Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, Princeton University Public Safety, and both Township and Borough Department Public Works departments.

Princeton Fire Department noted that they will be unable to pump basements during the storm, so residents are asked not to call them.

Social media are live streaming for the duration of the storm via the Township PD Facebook and Twitter accounts. This includes road closures and other activities that need to be posted in the interest of public safety. These postings also include road closures and activities that occur in Princeton Borough. Known power outages will also be posted. Residents are asked not to call the police departments with reports of power outages. Calls should be directed to PSE&G at (800) 436-7734.

Both the Princeton Borough and Princeton Township government websites are being updated periodically with storm related information.