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Storm, Power Outage Preparation Advised By Kinnelon OEM

Emergency management officials will keep in touch with residents through Facebook.

The Kinnelon Office of Emergency Management is already warning residents to prepare for snow, power outages and cold temperatures as the winter storm threatens the tri-boro on Friday.

The nor'easter could dump more than 10 inches of snow on the area and cause temperatures to drop to the 20s by Friday night according to the Kinnelon OEM. New Jersey Register Ready is available for those in need of extra assistance getting to safety during the storm and the Kinnelon Police Department is also prepared to help anyone in need.

Sean O'Neill, the Kinnelon OEM online coordinator, said the volunteers are hoping to keep in touch with residents through Facebook, as was proven succesful following Superstorm Sandy. Kinnelon was praised as operating one of the best social media sites in Morris County to communicate with residents during the storm.

"The webpage becomes quite a lively place with latest announcements and happenings during the storm," O'Neill said.

The OEM Facebook page becomes active after the OEM team is activated, O'Neill explained. At that point, constant updates are posted, with volunteers working to maintain communication with the public and keep residents safe.

In preparation, Kinnelon OEM has already posted its first Nemo message on its Facebook page providing residents with tips on how to prepare for the storm. Those tips included stocking up on food and gas, making sure a First Aid kit is available, having a good shovel and keeping extra bottled water on hand.

Still, the OEM hopes not to need to use the page at all.

"Hopefully we won't have to activate the OEM webpage for this snowstorm, but we are preparing nevertheless," O'Neill said.

Don Provost February 08, 2013 at 01:27 PM
I thought only the Weather Channel (arrogantly) assigned names to winter storms? Now Patch is doing it? It's safer getting your weather advice from NOAA!

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