Cape May Court House – Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton announced that the meeting of the County’s Animal Response Team or CART originally scheduled for tonight, December 10th, has been canceled due to hazardous weather conditions. The meeting will be rescheduled. To-date, over 60 people have volunteered to be part of Cape May County’s first CART. Cape May County Emergency Management Coordinator Martin L. Pagliughi said, “Volunteers include animal care providers, animal control representatives, shelter personnel and the general public.”
The CART will assist pet owners in a disaster or weather emergency by providing shelter and care for their pets. Federal and State laws require New Jersey counties to plan for and support the needs of animals and individuals with animals during an emergency. The creation of a CART in Cape May County is just one component of the County’s Sheltering Plan.
From localized incidents such as flooding and inclement weather to catastrophic incidents such as a hurricane or terrorist attack, these events require the emergency response community to plan, train and prepare for response operations that include animals. Pagliughi added, “CART will focus on domestic animals and the safe evacuation of pets during an emergency. The goal is for the CART to have the basic capability of providing shelter for approximately 250 animals now and as many as 500 animals in the future. Also, for the county to have the ability to independently operate these shelters for 72 hours and maintain shelter operations for at least 5 days with proper requested assistance.”
The County continues to seek volunteers to help with this initiative. For additional information or to volunteer, please call 609-463-6570.
Emergency Managers and other Key Partners,
Another round of winter weather, mainly snow, in on tap for Tuesday. Snow will move in from the southwest around dawn on Tuesday, continue for most of the day, then taper off late Tuesday afternoon. Both the morning and evening commutes will be affected. Warnings and Advisories are anticipated with the afternoon forecast package. Three to five inches of snow are possible in the central and southern portions of our forecast area, with one to three elsewhere. It is possible that the location of heaviest snow will establish itself near Sunday’s heaviest snow band. A snowfall total map will be available on our website after 4 PM. A briefing package is attached. The Executive Summary is as follows:
• Another round of winter weather is on tap for the region on Tuesday. Temperatures are cold enough for precipitation to fall mainly as snow. The only exception may be portions of the Delmarva well south of the C&D Canal where precipitation could begin as sleet before changing over to all snow during the event.
• Precipitation will move in from the southwest around dawn Tuesday morning. Snow will increase during the mid-morning hours, continue through the day, then taper off during the late afternoon hours. Both the morning and evening commute will be affected by this storm.
• The central and southern portions of the Mount Holly forecast, including the Philadelphia metro area, are “favored” to receive more precipitation from this event compared to the northern portions. Generally one to three inches of snow can be expected in the north, with three to five inches in the south. A mixture of snow and sleet well south of the C&D canal at the beginning of the event may keep total amounts in the two to four inch range in those locations. Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories will be issued with the afternoon forecast package.
• Winter precipitation will be the only major factor with this event. Winds are not expected to be an issue, and tidal flooding is not expected either.
• Our snow and ice maps are updated frequently. Please access them for the latest storm total information as the event unfolds on our website: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/phi/
• Unless major changes occur, this will be the only briefing package for this event.
A band of very heavy snow developed near and south of the I-95 corridor early this afternoon. Snowfall totals up to 10 inches are possible in the narrow band extending from the eastern shore of Maryland, through portions of Delaware and southern New Jersey. The attached briefing package contains the snowfall total map as of 2 PM. Sunday. Please keep tuned to our website for updates as this event unfolds. A changeover to sleet, freezing rain, and rain is still expected tonight.
The Executive Summary is as follows:
- Snow spread north into the region late this morning and early this afternoon. Snow will continue into the evening hours.
- A band of heavy snow has developed and is moving from west to east in the vicinity of, and south of, the I-95 corridor. Snow totals in the 8 to 10 inch range are now possible this afternoon and evening in this area. Please see snowfall total map further ahead in this briefing package.
- Generally 2 to 4 inches of snow is expected elsewhere, with 1 to 2 inches closer to the coast.
- Snow will gradually change over to sleet, then freezing rain, then plain rain, from south to north tonight as warmer air moves in aloft. This changeover may not be complete before the Monday morning commute in the Lehigh Valley, southern Poconos, and northwest New Jersey, especially in normally colder areas.
- Our snow and ice maps are updated frequently, with the latest version always available on our website. The snow and ice maps contained in this briefing package were valid as of 2 PM Sunday.
- This will be the last briefing package concerning this event. Please access our website for up-to-date information: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/phi/
• A low pressure system will intensify as it moves up the eastern seaboard Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday. This storm will bring it strong winds, heavy rain, urban and small stream flooding and tidal flooding. A wintry mix of snow…sleet and freezing rain can be expected in the north Tuesday afternoon and evening. For the mid-Atlantic region, the most vulnerable time will be from late Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday afternoon.
A nor’easter will affect the region later this week, starting Tuesday night and continuing into Wednesday. This nor’easter brings the threat of heavy rainfall, localized inland flooding, potential snow and ice, strong gusty winds, and minor coastal flooding, all during a busy travel time of the year.