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Westfield Mayor Continues to Update Public on Hurricane Sandy

Mayor Andy Skibitsky asks residents to stay off the roads.

Mayor Skibitsky issues Hurricane Sandy Update at 12:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29: 

I want to reassure residents that the Town continues to monitor the path of Hurricane Sandy and has mobilized all its emergency services resources to address any storm-related issues as best as it possibly can. 

Please heed my previous warnings to stay off the roads and to stay indoors starting today and continuing throughout the duration of the storm. Although the brunt of the storm is not expected to make landfall until later tonight, already dangerous wind gusts are in the area. Do not be fooled by brief periods of light rain or lighter winds - downed branches and power lines and flying debris can suddenly occur and put you at grave risk. I cannot emphasize enough that you need to take appropriate action now to ensure your own safety. The best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family members and pets is to stay in your homes, preferably on the first floor, away from windows. Please do not jog outdoors. Do not walk the dog. And, please, do not go outdoors to experience the conditions. All weather data indicates that this is no ordinary storm. It is part hurricane and part nor’easter, making it slow moving. Strong winds and heavy rains may be sustained for up to 48 hours.

Again, please, stay home and stay safe. Remember, do not go near ponding or moving water. If you observe any downed wires, assume they are live and stay far away.  Be very careful if you need to use candles. The Police Department has activated the Westfield radio station, AM 1690 on your dial.  For additional information and helpful guidance, please refer to the list of websites on our homepage under "Hurricane Sandy Information Center" and follow us on Twitter.

Should an emergency arise, immediately call 9-1-1. For non-emergencies, call 789-4130 to reach the Fire Department or 789-4000 to reach the Police Department. PSE&G advises to call 1-800-436-PSEG (7734) to report a power outage.

There is nothing more important than your personal safety and the safety of your family members. With the preparations we have all made and by staying indoors for the duration, we will get through this storm as safely as possible. 

Thank you

Mayor Andy Skibitsky

Volunteer Hotline Activated for Hurricane Sandy

Monday, October 29, 2012
Volunteer Hotline Activated for Hurricane Sandy

Dear Friends,

Please see below for an update from Governor Christie on Hurricane Sandy. The Governor has activiated a hotline for you to call if you would like to volunteer to help your neighbors in the aftermath of the storm. Volunteers are asked to call 1-800-JERSEY-7. I will continue to keep you informed as I receive updates on Hurricane Sandy.

Sincerely,

Jon Bramnick 
Assemblyman

Westfield public schools and Holy Trinity Interparochial school will remain closed on Tuesday, Oct. 30. 

Jimmy Crickets October 29, 2012 at 08:15 PM
But how does this affect the light on Central Avenue?
Paul Curtis October 29, 2012 at 08:32 PM
You may want to bookmark this comprehensive weather prediction page and pass the link on to others... http://www.realityisfree.com/weather.html
anonym October 29, 2012 at 08:36 PM
that was actually pretty funny.
Boulevard October 29, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Oh dear Lord, how will anyone be able to cross Central Ave at the light if power goes out? Mayor, we have a crisis brewing. All kids east if Central Ave won't be able to get to school.
Rusty Cut October 29, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Jimmy Crickets already made that joke...and in fact, it was not very funny

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