Declares State of Emergency in New Jersey
Urges Residents to Refrain from Non-Essential Travel
TRENTON - Acting Governor Richard Codey today
signed an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency in New
There are multiple road closures throughout the state and the public
can expect significant delays. Multiple state agencies are working
together to monitor the situation. Mass transit and major roadways
including the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway are
operational. State Government will be open as usual.
Residents should not travel unless necessary. If you must travel
allow yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Residents
should check news reports on radio and TV frequently for further
information. A listing of closed roads can be found at
This state of emergency gives the Director of Emergency Management
the authority to order evacuations and designate shelters.
Additionally, the Executive Order empowers Adjutant General Reith to
mobilize units of the New Jersey National Guard as needed.
AUGUSTA - Governor John E. Baldacci signed a
Declaration of Emergency Sunday evening in anticipation of a major
storm that is expected to affect the State through at least Monday
The state of emergency begins at 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 16.
?We are expecting a major storm to hit the state tonight and
tomorrow,? Governor Baldacci said. ?We?re concerned about heavy
snow, high winds and intense rain. State and local emergency
management personnel on are duty, and we are preparing for what
could be a significant event.?
In a conference call from the Emergency Operations Center at the
Maine Emergency Management Agency Sunday evening, Governor Baldacci
received an update from first responders around the state.
Central Maine Power told Governor Baldacci that an emergency
declaration would speed repairs in the event of downed power lines.
The declaration will allow crews from other areas to travel to Maine
if there are major power disruptions.
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WHEREAS, beginning on the Fourteenth day of
April, Two Thousand Seven, heavy sustained rains have caused
flooding, flash-flooding, river flooding, mudslides, landslides,
disrupted transportation, downed trees and the potential for
additional severe weather and is likely to cause considerable damage
to private and public property throughout the State of West
WHEREAS, this storm and its effects may require the rescue
of citizens, evacuations and sheltering of the public and poses a
severe thread to the health, safety, welfare and property of the
citizens of West Virginia;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOE MANCHIN III, by virtue of the
authority vested in me as the Governor of the State of West
Virginia, and in consideration of the foregoing situation, do hereby
ORDER the implementation of the State's Emergency Operations
Plan and the activation of the State's Emergency Operations Center.
In addition, I also FIND AND DECLARE that a State of
Emergency exists throughout the State of West Virginia. This State
of Emergency shall remain in effect for thirty days unless extended
or rescinded by further Proclamation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hands and
caused the Great Seal of the State of West Virginia to be affixed.
DONE at the Capitol in the City of Charleston, State of West
Virginia, this Fifteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord, Two
Thousand Seven, in the One Hundred Forty-Fourth year of the State.
[Text copied from
NewsEmergency.com news release]