Storm and recovery update:

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

More than a week has passed since the tornado, it is still hard to wrap your head around the devastation that was caused in our community. Fortunately, for most of us, that is just a mental exercise as we see the pictures or drive through an impacted area. But for 140+ families, it is real and a life changing experience.

At last count, 38 properties have been deemed “unsafe”, meaning they are either already destroyed or damaged to the point of being structurally unsound and will likely require demolition; a few of those may be salvaged through massive renovation. Regardless, life took a right-hand turn around 6:20 PM on Wednesday, September 1st for these families and for our community. 

There are no suitable words to describe the manner in which Harrison Township has responded and taken action to help as a community. This includes us as a whole, our residents, township personal, businesses and local organizations. Much will be written about this in the coming weeks, but now is a time to focus on those that have suffered, although I assure you, we will tell these stories of kindness in the future.

We do feel it appropriate to give you some insight into how things played out in the immediate response that night and what resources are available for our impacted residents. Take a few minutes (about 21, LOL) to watch this video for those details. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or your committee members with questions.

There is still a long road ahead and we will get there for the members of our Harrison Family who need our support. Thank you for doing your part.

Lastly, please join our recognition of the 20th anniversary of September 11. Our annual Remembrance Ceremony will take place at 1 PM, tomorrow, September 11th at Harrison Township 9/11 Memorial located at Main & Church Streets. Recent events remind us of the gallantry and commitment of our First Responders and Saturday’s event will recognize the heroes and innocent lives lost on that fateful day two decades ago.

Together for Harrison Township,
Lou Manzo
Your Mayor