State of Emergency Declared Ahead of Nor’easter
New Jersey and Pennsylvania were the first states to declare a State of Emergency in preparation for the approaching winter storm. They will likely not be the only states to enact this declaration. As another powerful nor’easter takes aim at the Mid-Atlantic and New England areas, residents should be ready for more wind and snow. This will lead to more power outages and hazardous travel.
On Tuesday afternoon, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy proclaimed that their State of Emergency would go into effect at 8pm EST. The northern part of New Jersey—particularly the counties of Hunterdon, Morris, Sussex, and Warren—are still cleaning up after last weekend’s nor’easter.
In preparation for tonight’s storm, I am declaring a state of emergency statewide beginning at 8 p.m.
We are particularly concerned w/ Hunterdon, Morris, Sussex and Warren counties, which are still reeling from this past weekend’s #noreaster.
Here’s how our team is preparing:
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) March 6, 2018
In New Jersey, a State of Emergency declaration makes state resources immediately available to local governments to help rescue, evacuate, shelter, and provide essential commodities (i.e., heating fuel, food, etc.) to residents. It may also position the state to seek federal assistance if the scope of the event exceeds the state’s resources. Governor Murphy is urging residents to stay off of roads Wednesday so as not to interfere with law enforcement and emergency responders.
In neighboring Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf declared a State of Emergency for 26 counties (initially) in the eastern part of the state. Areas near Philadelphia, Allentown, Scranton, and Harrisburg are included in this declaration. The governor is urging all residents to be prepared.
Make sure your gas tank is full and pack an emergency kit, which should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel, and warm clothes. Remember to prepare for any special needs, such as baby food, pet supplies or medications. https://t.co/2M8ffExkZs
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) March 6, 2018
A State of Emergency in Pennsylvania enables the state to quickly obtain resources to help deal with an event such as this winter storm. If needed, this allows access to federal aid to help respond to citizens in these counties.
Travel is strongly discouraged on Wednesday in eastern Pennsylvania. In fact, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has issued a ban on certain vehicle types on several interstate highways.
Due to the coming storm, beginning at midnight tonight, PennDOT will impose a ban on certain trucks, trailers, and recreational vehicles on selected eastern PA routes. Learn more at https://t.co/GllVIXkh0y. #PAWinter CC: @P_M_T_A @TruckerTweet pic.twitter.com/nosXxCVG4V
— PA Department of Transportation (@PennDOTNews) March 6, 2018
Elsewhere throughout the Northeast, airlines have cancelled and delayed hundreds of flights. Even Amtrak is expecting a disruption in rail service on Wednesday.
UPDATE on service changes for Wed. 3/7 due to pending severe weather in the Northeast region: Details on modified Acela Express, Northeast Regional, Keystone Service, and Empire Service, along with re-accommodation information can be found here: https://t.co/tIcP0KtpKj
— Amtrak Northeast (@AmtrakNEC) March 6, 2018