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Jersey City Prepares for Potential Impact of Hurricane Joaquin & Severe Weather as Office of Emergency Management & City Departments Closely Monitor Storm’s Progress

Update October 2, 2015 - 4:40 p.m. 


Although forecasts now project Hurricane Joaquin turning away from the East Coast and heading out to sea, Jersey City emergency management officials and department directors are still preparing for any potential impact as significant rain, flooding, and high winds could still affect our area.

In addition, the nor’easter impacting our area today and tomorrow is already bringing high winds and significant rainfall, which is expected to last through Sunday.


Critical equipment, especially police and fire emergency vehicles and generators, are being staged on higher ground in the event of flooding. All critical departments – such as Police, Fire and Public Works – will have a full complement of staff with the ability to recall additional personnel if needed.

City CERT volunteers are on standby to assist in emergency operations, as are the current class of 13 police recruits and 14 fire department recruits.

Currently all parking rules and regulations remain in effect and garbage and recycling pickup is on a regular schedule. Cancellations or modifications will be announced on the city communication channels.

All Recreation Department programming that occurs on grass fields has been canceled due to the significant rainfall, which includes soccer and football.

While current forecasts do not expect a severe impact from Hurricane Joaquin on the East Coast, Jersey City officials are putting all the necessary measures and personnel in place and will use this as an opportunity to strengthen the existing preparedness plan.


Residents Encouraged to Enroll in City Emergency Alert System and Social Media Channels 

Mayor Steven M. Fulop and the Office of Emergency Management, in coordination with all city departments, are closely monitoring and preparing for the potential impact that Hurricane Joaquin could have on our area, as weather forecast models show a potential East Coast landfall late this weekend or early next week.

While the exact trajectory and intensity of the storm are still unknown, OEM is cautioning residents that significant rainfall, flooding, high winds and power outages are possible for the area. Motorists should avoid flooded roadways and not attempt to drive through standing water.

“Our OEM team and city directors are putting the necessary steps into place while closely monitoring the direction of Hurricane Joaquin, which has the potential of significantly impacting our area,” said Mayor Fulop. “Residents should sign up for emergency notifications and take the necessary home preparedness steps now in advance of the storm, as we will be continually providing updates to keep our residents safe and informed.”

As officials continue to monitor the storm and put emergency preparedness plans into effect, OEM is asking residents to sign up for emergency notifications or city social media channels. Before and during the storm, the city will frequently update its communication channels including the municipal website, the Official Government Facebook page , the  @JC_GOV Twitter feed and the emergency alert system.

Residents who are not already signed up to receive emergency alerts can do so by logging on to: http://www.jerseycitynj.gov/alerts/

City construction officials are inspecting construction sites and requiring all materials be secured to prevent any incidents as a result of high winds. The Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA), with the assistance of Department of Public Works and Jersey City Incinerator Authority personnel, are clearing catch basins of debris in advance of the expected heavy rains for the next several days.

Any residents who park in low-lying areas are encouraged to move their vehicles to higher ground in advance of the storm. Please DO NOT attempt to drive through standing water of flooded roadways.

Both the Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health and CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital are activating their emergency preparedness plans and are in close communication with the City’s OEM.

Additional steps residents can take in advance of a severe rain and wind event include:
  • All residents should have a family disaster plan ready. Know where you will be evacuating to, and plan ahead to stay with family and friends or lodging outside the area. Be sure to provide shelter for your pets and notify friends and family of your plans.
  •  Bring all outdoor items such as garbage cans, lawn furniture and other items inside prior to the storm. 
  •  Remove debris and keep trees trimmed.
  • Inspect outside drains to make sure they are free of clogging.
  •  Secure and board up windows in your home.
  • Cars and boats should be moved to higher ground before exiting your home.
  • Store valuables and important documents in a waterproof safety deposit box in the highest level of your home. 
  • Make sure generators are in working condition. 
  • If evacuation is required, unplug appliances, lock your home and do not return until the area is deemed safe.
  •  Before evacuating, check with your utility company in advance to find out what should be turned off.
  • Make sure your car has a full tank of gas, cells phones are fully charged, prescription medications are filled and have enough money, clothes, blankets, diapers, formula and personal items to get you through several days.

Residents may also call the Resident Response Center at 201-547-4900, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In the event the OEM Command Center is activated, extended hours and phone numbers will be made available for residents.

Kick-Off the 25th Annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour @ Lackawanna Center!JCAST is New Jersey’s Largest Annual Art Event

Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop, members of the Municipal Council, and the Office of Cultural Affairs, will join with Art & Studio Tour artists and sponsors to kick off the 25th Annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour (JCAST) at 12pm Thursday, October 1st, Lackawanna Center, 234 Sixteenth Street.

The 60,000 square foot Lackawanna Center, which will be exhibiting work from more than 200 artists, is this year’s JCAST Flagship location.

The two-day, FREE event, which will take place on Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th, features more than 800 artists showing a variety of work at galleries, private studios, murals, group shows and pop - up exhibition sites throughout the entire city.

Free shuttle buses, including ADA-accessible vans, will be available for tour goers. BikeJC will also host a guided bike tour on Saturday. And this year, with Citi Bike locations throughout the city at 35 docking stations, anyone wishing to cycle between tour stops can easily do so. See JCAST Tour Locations & Shuttle Bus Stops. 

Over the last quarter-century, the Jersey City Art & Studio tour has grown to be the state’s largest and premier annual art event, and providing opportunities for artists of all disciplines to showcase their work as a community.

More than 20,000 Jersey City residents and visitors alike are expected to immerse themselves in film, dance, performance, visual arts, installations, public art, music, and more over Tour Weekend.

Are You One Of The Thousands Who Still Need Help After Hurricane Sandy?
The Legal Services of New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Hotline is here to help. All New Jersey residents with civil legal problems caused by Superstorm Sandy or the aftermath are encouraged to call 1-888-222-5765.  View or download information in English or Spanish by clicking on the graphics to the right.


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Making A Film? Everything you
 need is online at FilmJC!

FilmJC is responsible for permitting and oversight
of film and TV production in Jersey City.
Go to filmJC

Simply fill in your information, upload forms
and pay for your permit online. Jersey City
is one of a handful of cities in the country
that have automated permit systems.

JC Sues Port Authority For $400 Million In Missed Payments 

Mayor Steven M. Fulop has announced that the city will
file suit against the Port Authority of New York and New
Jersey for $400 million for missed tax payments and
undue economic harm caused to the taxpayers of
Jersey City by the bi-state transportation agency

Read more. 

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Neighbor's Blasting Music Falls Under?
Look No Further, My Friend, The
Municipal Code Has The Answers!
The Jersey City Municipal Code (Code) is a
compilation of local laws and legislation
 adopted by the governing body of the City.

Over the long course of Jersey City’s history, the Code
has required constant updates, which are currently being
done by the Municipal Code Corporation.

Extremely user friendly, the Code is organized alphabetically by
subject & outlines the duties and responsibilities of all those who
live, work, visit, conduct business and/or provide services
 in Jersey City. The noise ordinance, btw,  is #222
on the Hit Parade! 

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Activities For Young & Old Alike. 

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 City of Jersey City Public Services Notices 
• View or Download The JCIA Guide To E-Waste
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Renters Know Your Rights! Bedbug Ordinance 
• Attention Dog Owners! 2015 License renewal! 
• View Journal Square 2060 Master Plan 
• Download New Parking Permit Application
• English/Español Rules: Safe Cycling Etiquette
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Abandoned Properties List Published,
Placing Delinquent Owners On Notice!
The city’s worst abandoned properties are now on
public record! Lists of vacant buildings are now published
in the newspaper in an effort to place pressure on owners
to improve properties which are currently a blight to
their neighborhoods.

 Download Public Officers Abandoned Buildings List

Has Your Property Been The Victim Of Graffiti?
Historic House Vandalized buttonThe JCIA Can Help Homeowners
Remove Tags & Repaint!
If private property has been
tagged or disfigured by graffiti,
the JCIA will any repair
the damage. Just sign & send
 in the waiver
& provide the paint,
if the building needs to be
power washed. Note: Take photos of
the tags & send them to local police
 with the date & time the vandals struck. If the 
culprits are caught,  they could be charged
with other vandalism.  

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