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Mayor Chuck Cahn
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11/3/2012 10:29:06 AM
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Residents invited to special event today & Sunday at the Barclay Shopping Center

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Residents invited to event today at Barclay Shopping Center

Cherry Hill residents are invited to a special event today and tomorrow at the Barclay Farm Shopping Center.

From 11 a.m to 3 p.m., all residents - particularly those who remain without power - are invited to come out for free food and services from Farmers Insurance, Wegmans and Kaminski's. This is a special event to thank all our residents for your resilience in weathering this week's storm.

I will be there, as will members of Township Council, the Chiefs of the Cherry Hill Police and Fire Departments, and Congressman Rob Andrews.

Farmers Insurance will have its Mobile Claims Center on-site from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. both days this weekend offering a number of free services to affected residents. Residents do not need to be Farmers policyholders to take advantage of these free services.

<B>Free services provided:</b>
* Electricity to recharge laptops, cell phones and/or other electronic devices.
* For those who may have lost their cell phone, on site use of a satellite phone to call loved ones.
* File a claim on their Farmers insurance policy.
* File a claim with FEMA.
* Coffee service and bottled water during entire hours of operation.
* Hot dog lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m.
* Stuffed animal and/or coloring books and crayons for children.
* Internet access for people to check their bank balance, pay a bill, or whatever their online need may be.
                                                                       
For more information, please call (856) 488-7878, or e-mail MayorCahn@chtownship.com, or Facebook@chtownship.com

If you are interested in offering additional resources or services to our affected residents, please call (856) 488-7878, or e-mail MayorCahn@chtownship.com.

Sincerely,
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Mayor Chuck Cahn

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October 31, 2012


Dear Neighbors:

Given the scale and scope of disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy, I wanted to update our residents on the Township’s response, particularly as it relates to public safety and restoration of residential electric service.

First and foremost, I want to make it clear that my staff and I have been working around the clock since Monday to return a sense of normalcy to all of us.

POWER RESTORATION

Over the course of 24 hours, from 8 a.m. Monday until 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sandy hit our neighborhoods with sustained high winds and heavy rain, bringing down trees and wires without regard to anything standing in its path. The results can still be seen on our streets and felt in the thousands of homes that remain without power.

When the skies began to clear, more than 12,000 homes in Cherry Hill were without power. Since then, my office has been inundated with requests from residents who want to know when their electricity will be restored.

I share your frustration with PSE&G’s response thus far, and I have been very aggressive in my advocacy for our community. I have been in constant communication with senior PSE&G executives, and at this point they are unable to provide any specific timeline for restoration.

Public Works crews have been working on a rapid-response basis to remove trees that have fallen, blocked roads, and knocked out power to countless residents. More than 400 reports of trees and downed wires were reported to us during the storm. By this afternoon, Public Works had taken care of all but 25 of the trees. Those that remain are tangled in wires, and await a response from PSE&G personnel.

This afternoon, 3,500 homes remained without power. That simply is not good enough. I am concerned for all our residents, particularly our most vulnerable populations, and I will continue to be your biggest advocate until every outage has been restored.

TRASH, RECYCLING AND YARD-WASTE REMOVAL
In the storm’s wake, all our residents face the daunting task of cleaning up the debris that now litters our neighborhoods. Trash, recycling and yard-waste collection have resumed on their normal schedule. To assist residents whose collections were cancelled on Monday and Tuesday of this week, a dumpster has been put out at the Department of Public Works on Perina Boulevard, for the disposal of spoiled food and other waste that otherwise would not be collected until next week. That dumpster is accessible to all residents and will be open 24 hours a day for your convenience.

Additionally, I have asked our trash hauler to relax restrictions on bundling of branches and other yard debris. Leaf collection will be delayed by about a week in all areas. An updated schedule will be posted on our website in the coming days. In the meantime, leaves can be bagged or put in an open container as usual. Branches and limbs that are under 4 feet in length and that weigh less than 50 pounds can be placed at the curb for weekly pickup. They do not need to be bundled.

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate requests to remove trees or large limbs from private property. Curbside trees that have fallen into the street will be removed to clear the roadway, but will be left at the curb for the homeowner to discard.

HALLOWEEN
In the interest of the safety of all our children, Cherry Hill will observe Halloween on Monday, Nov. 5, pursuant to an Executive Order from Governor Christie. The recommended hours remain the same, from 3 to 7 p.m. Please understand that the widespread destruction caused by this storm has made it hazardous for children to be walking through our neighborhoods. By Monday, those conditions will be greatly improved, ensuring that everyone can enjoy a safe and happy holiday.

THANK YOU TO OUR EMERGENCY RESPONDERS
In the days leading up to the storm, the Office of Emergency Management, which includes our OEM Director, Police, Fire and EMS personnel, and DPW staff, kept a close eye on Hurricane Sandy’s progression, allowing us to plan ahead and mobilize from the first drops of rainfall.

While we certainly did not emerge unscathed, I can say with absolute certainty that the situation would have been much worse if not for the high level of coordination and professionalism displayed by all involved.

From Sunday evening through today, personnel were on the ground addressing every facet of storm response. The Emergency Operations Center mobilized on Sunday evening, putting enhanced Police, Fire, EMS and DPW resources on duty until the end of the day Tuesday. Some 60 DPW employees reported to work at 6:30 Monday and as of this afternoon, had yet to go home.

In total, our public safety and DPW crews handled 450 police incidents; 220 fire, hazardous condition, and emergency medical calls. They responded to more than 400 downed wires and trees, helped shelter 15 residents, and serviced 3,500 storm inlets.

The response was incredible, and allowed Cherry Hill to escape the storm with relatively limited property damage, and more importantly, without any injury or loss of life. I saw it all unfold from inside the Emergency Operations Center with Council President Dave Fleisher, and I continued watching it today as I drove across town surveying the remaining damage this afternoon.

This was a truly impressive and coordinated effort on all fronts, and I want to publicly recognize the remarkable effort put forth by our emergency management team. Town Council and I are grateful to our OEM Director and Deputy Director, our Police and Fire Chiefs, our DPW Director, and the men and women they oversee, who, once again, put their own well-being on the line to safeguard all of us.

AFTER THE STORM
Moving forward, please know that my staff and I are working for you. I know this has been a difficult time for many of the people who call Cherry Hill home. We will get through it together.

Town Council and I remained in contact with the Superintendent of Schools throughout the early half of this week, communicating the conditions across town, to allow the school district to make the most prudent decisions for our children.

Schools will be back in session Thursday, and it is my hope that power will be stored to all our residents within the next day, as well. As we continue the clean-up and recovery, I will continue to share new information as I receive it. Please remember you can always stop by my office in Town Hall, call me at (856) 488-7878, or e-mail me at MayorCahn@chtownship.com [mailto:MayorCahn@chtownship.com] .

I’d like to thank all of our residents for their continued patience and cooperation as we work through this difficult time together.

Sincerely,

Mayor Chuck Cahn


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