Dear Friends and Supporters,
We apologize for not reaching out to you sooner but our office - like most of Main Street in Hackensack - was without power until last night, 11/5. All of us and our equipment came through the storm nearly unscathed. Now, like you, we are preparing for the next round.
First and foremost, we fervently hope that each and every one of you is well in the wake of the unprecedented disaster that was Hurricane Sandy; and that you are prepared as best you can for tomorrow's nor'easter.
Second, please assist in the ongoing relief and recovery efforts in any way you can - especially for our fellow watershed citizens in Moonachie and Little Ferry. In addition to donating money to the Red Cross (text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10) or other agencies, you can donate directly to help local victims of Hurricane Sandy. New clothing, non-perishable food, hand sanitizer, pet food and gift cards can be donated every day from 8AM to 6PM at the following Bergen County locations:
- Community Transportation, 178 Essex St., Lodi, NJ
- St. Margaret of Cortona R.C. Church, 31 Chamberlain Ave., Little Ferry, NJ
- Midland Park Senior Center, 46-50 Center St., Midland Park, NJ
Lastly, and perhaps most important, please make sure to vote today. Despite the storm's damage, County Clerks and Board of Elections personnel are doing all in their power to ensure that everyone is able to vote. As always, and despite whom you for vote for, we at Hackensack Riverkeeper strongly urge you to...
VOTE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT!
In the weeks and months to come, we at Hackensack Riverkeeper will participate in the discussions and planning that will hopefully lead to real, substantive changes in the way that we prepare for and deal with storms spawned by rising ocean temperatures and sea level rise. But the most important thing now is to help those who are in need. There will be more than enough time for meetings; now is the time to be good neighbors.
Yours in conservation and public service,
Captain Bill Sheehan, the staff and Trustees of Hackensack Riverkeeper
Below are some links that can assist in helping you stay safe:
NJ Office of Emergency Response: www.state.nj.us/njoem/index.html
OSHA Floods Page: www.osha.gov/dts/weather/flood/index.html
NIOSH Floods Page: www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/emres/flood.html
NJ Dept. of Health Flood Recovery: www.nj.gov/health/er/natural.shtml
NJDEP Hurricane Sandy Resources: http://www.nj.gov/dep/special/hurricane-sandy/
NIOSH Recommendations for the Cleaning and Remediation of Flood Contaminated HVAC: www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/emres/Cleaning-Flood-HVAC.html
CDC Prevent and Treat Other Illnesses and Injuries After a Hurricane or Flood: