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Weather update 12-9-14

We are experiencing areas of freezing rain and sleet currently across mainly northern and western portions of Morris County. This could continue at times through 8-9am before the warmer temps pushes northwest and changes all areas over to just rain. Rain should then change back over to snow after about 2am Wednesday, and snow should continue at times through Wednesday before ending Wednesday night. Up to 1-2 inches of snow accumulation could occur with this, with the highest amounts across northern areas.

Stay Warm!

Hazard Mitigation Initiative - Take Our Survey!

The County recently kicked off its hazard mitigation initiative and the Morris County Office of Emergency Management wants to hear from YOU!

What is hazard mitigation? I’m so glad you asked!

Hazard mitigation is any action that protects you, your family, and you belongings by lessening the impact of a disaster on you. Every county needs to have a hazard mitigation plan approved by FEMA and adopted by participating municipalities in order to be eligible for certain types of grant funding. Without the plan, we don’t get funding. Without the funding, we can’t recover from disasters.

Here’s where you come in…

The contents of the plan will have a direct effect on you and how you recover from a disaster. As a result, we want to partner with you in developing this plan. We want to hear about what concerns you the most and what impact disasters have had on you and your family. We want your feedback through your participation in public meetings. We want your edits and suggestions to the plan as drafts become available for review.

Information about upcoming events will be shared here. In the meantime, please jumpstart your involvement by taking the Citizen’s Survey linked below.

Thank you very much for taking the survey and allowing us to help you!

Christie signs Executive Order No. 164. Creates the Ebola Virus Disease and Response Team

Acting to ensure a unified, effective response to the Ebola virus, Governor Chris Christie today activated an Ebola preparedness plan to direct all activities of key state departments, hospitals and the medical community and homeland security apparatus to protect the public and create a strong line of defense against Ebola in New Jersey.   Read the rest of the Governor's press release.

Safety Alert from the NJ Dept of Community Affairs, Division of Fire Safety

The Office of the State Fire Marshal reports about a disturbing new trend manifesting itself online on social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube called "The Fire Challenge." Accurate statistics are not available as to the number of individuals injured or killed as a result of performing this stunt but at least one death of a 15 year-old boy in Buffalo, NY has been confirmed and several documented injuries have occurred. Please read the notice to be informed about this disturbing trend.

Morris Sponsors Summer Youth Public Safety Academy

The Morris County Board of Freeholders and the county’s Department of Law and Public Safety invite high school students who will be entering grades 9-12 to participate in a free summer Youth Public Safety Academy Aug. 11 through Aug. 15 at the county’s Public Safety Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Ave., in Parsippany.

The academy is a one week training program, whose objective is to expose the student “cadets” to some very rewarding careers in public safety, public service, including county government, emergency services, law enforcement and emergency management, said the youth academy’s coordinator, William Schievella.

“We will be placing strong emphasis on self-respect, respect of others, teamwork and commitment to one’s goals,” Schievella said.  “The academy is perfect for any high school student who would like a challenge this summer.”

The academy will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, with a structured, hands-on curriculum that will include interaction with county agencies; field trips; presentations from educators; an overview of Emergency Medical Services training; fire department, SWAT/SERT Team and K-9/Bomb Unit demonstrations; crime scene investigations; Emergency Management Special Operations Group and physical training; according to Schievella.

“All of our presentations will be offered in a fun, informative, interactive, educational and hands-on manner in a format similar to what actual police, fire and EMS academy cadets experience,” he said.

Freeholder Douglas Cabana said the freeholder board is sponsoring the academy to build interest in public service and public safety professions.
“Maybe, one day, because of the experience gained at the academy, one of these students will run for public office or pursue a career in law enforcement or volunteer as a firefighter or EMT,” said Cabana, freeholder liaison to the Department of Law and Public Safety.  “But, even if they don’t, the leadership lessons they will learn during the week will last them a lifetime.”

Lunch will be provided by the Academy each day. Upon completion of the academy, an official graduation ceremony will be conducted Friday, Aug. 15.

The required application forms, which must be completed and returned no later than July 15, are available online at

Completed applications should be sent to the Morris County Department of Law & Public Safety, P.O. Box 900, Morristown, New Jersey. The applications can also be e-mailed to or faxed to 973-829-8604.

Since space is limited, submission of an application prior to the deadline does not guarantee acceptance into the program. More information about the free summer Youth Public Safety Academy may be obtained by calling 973-829-8600.

Schievella, director of the Police Studies Institute at the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, is a former chief of investigations with the Morris County Prosecutors Office.

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