Message from Lou Manzo

From the Desk of the Mayor
Harrison Township, New Jersey
 
 
To Our Harrison Residents, 

I am writing on behalf of the Township’s Committee Members, Staff, Police Department, Fire and Rescue and Office of Emergency Management. In an effort to provide the community an update on our recovery, we met today to assemble a comprehensive list of the most up to date information.

I do want to publicly share my sincere appreciation to the men and women of these organizations, the citizens of Harrison and the many other county and state organizations who have selflessly risen to the needs of our community. On behalf of Harrison Township, Thank You! 

Communications and Support Services 
• We will continue to provide updates via email throughout our recovery. We encourage all residents to sign-up for these email alerts at the Happening in the Hill registration portal here.  
 
• In addition to our email updates, we will provide timely information on the Township’s Facebook and Website, Harrison Township Police Facebook and Fire District #1 Facebook.  
 
• Please note, as it becomes available, there will be important information provided from FEMA on these platforms.
 
• The Township’s Tornado Hotline at 856-478-2164 is available for non-emergency questions and support. Please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible. We ask that you please be patient due to the level of call volume. It is important to note this line is for non-emergency information only. If you have an emergency, please dial 911.
 
• Gloucester County has coordinated an informational Reception Center at the Mullica Hill Library branch. It will be open during normal library hours and manned by representatives from varying agencies to answer questions you may have regarding storm relief. Please note the library is CLOSED Monday (due to the Labor Day Holiday) and will reopen Tuesday. 
 
• If you are in need of temporary emergency housing, you can contact 856-307-4816 for assistance.
 
• Mental Health Professionals were deployed to neighborhoods impacted by the devastation.  If you or a loved one needs Mental Health Services, you can contact the Gloucester County Mental Health Unit at 856-845-9100.
 
• Any victim of this disaster who feels that they may have been victim of price gouging, you can contact the New Jersey Division of Consumer affairs at 973-504-6240 or NJConsumerAffairs.gov.

Roadways
• Currently, all major roadways in Harrison Township have been cleared of debris and are open. However, as circumstances arise there will be intermittent lane closures and traffic delays due to emergency utility work.  

• We continue to request that you please avoid the areas that suffered the most damage as well as township roadways when possible.  

Power Restoration
• Atlantic City Electric is working on restoring power to all affected areas. They have reported only a handful (6) of properties still without power and they are expected to be back on line by the end of this evening. 

• If you are in need of a temporary generator until power is restored, please contact the Township’s Tornado Hotline at 856-478- 2164, leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible. Again, we ask that you please be patient due to the amount of call volume. 
 
• As a safety precaution, portable generators should never be used indoors.

• Emergency phone charging stations are available at Trinity Methodist Church, 284 Cedar Road on Monday through Thursday from 9am to 3pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 1pm. The Mullica Hill Library branch will also provide phone charging stations during their regular operating hours.

Debris Collection
• Dumpsters have been deployed at Salvatore Drive & Josephine Lane for construction debris only. The dumpsters are for building/housing debris only, please do not place Yard Waste, such as tree limbs, shrubbery or metal in the dumpsters.

• If you cannot access the dumpsters or they are full. Please accumulate all debris in front of your property, at curbside, in three separate piles:
1.     Building/housing debris (wood insulation, roofing, clothing, and other non-metal debris) 
2.     Yard Waste (brush, tree limbs, shrubbery)
3.     Metal and Electronics (appliances, computers, televisions etc.)
 
• Our Public Works departments, along with the assistance from other local services, will be removing the accumulated debris.
 
• If your trash and recycling receptacles are missing, you can contact the Township’s Informational Tornado Hotline at 856-478-2164, leave your name, phone number, address, and what receptacle you require. Our Public Works department will deliver replacements. Please understand with our current priorities, this may be delayed.
 
• Until your receptacles can be replaced, you can use trash bags placed curbside.

Volunteers and Donations
• Currently, Harrison Township and Gloucester County Emergency Management are not able to accept additional donations. 
 
• The Mullica Hill Rotary Club has created a GOFUNDME campaign (here) if you wish to make a monetary donation.
 
• The United Way of Gloucester County (donate here) is also currently accepting donations.  
 
• Those interested in volunteering, please contact the Township’s Tornado Hotline at 856-478-2164. Please leave a message with your name, phone number and your interest in volunteering. 
 
• The requests to volunteer have been overwhelming. If you have not been assigned a volunteer role through the Harrison Township Emergency Operation Center, please be patient. We ask that you please do not just show up to the impacted areas.

Thank you for your attention in these matters. We have made great progress in these last few days through the incredible efforts of our Township team, County, State and neighboring communities assistance and our resident’s unbelievable support. Each day brings more clarity on the resources we will be able to provide the impacted families. Most importantly, we know this effort will need to be sustained and we are building the platform for that lasting support. We ask for your patience and understanding as we do so.   

 
 
 
Together for Harrison Township,
Lou Manzo
Your Mayor