With hurricane season impacting large sections of the United States, North Bergen’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is prepared to address any disaster, whether natural or man-made.
Recently Mayor Nicholas Sacco and other Township officials visited the OEM to view some of the equipment available. OEM Coordinator Dave Ricigliano and Assistant Coordinator Danny Peschetti demonstrated several of the Township’s portable light towers, as well as multiple generators ranging from portable units up to five trailer-mounted large-capacity units, and two ARGO all-terrain vehicles, one with tank treads and one eight-wheeler, which can be used in mud, sand, swamps, and even in flood waters.
Among the many other items available for emergencies are a payloader, a 14-foot boat, and a 3,500-gallon tanker for fresh potable water.
OEM equipment is used extensively during weather events like Superstorm Sandy and this past winter’s blizzards, but the department is also called upon to assist the police, fire department, EMS, and others in their day-to-day operations. Their equipment is always ready and is on call 24/7, during hurricane season or any time of year.