Brick Township Receives Emergency Utility Trailer From State

Brick among 15 municipalities to receive disaster and flood response trailers from the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management

Earlier this week, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management supplied Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) in 15 municipalities statewide with specialized Disaster Response and Flood Response Utility Trailers, one of which is Brick Township. 

According to state officials, the trailers will “enhance the communities’ emergency response capabilities during times of crisis, and assist first responders during flooding events,” pointing to the fact that riverine flooding is the most frequent hazard faced by New Jersey residents. The state cited just under 1,200 flood events in the past 15 years, and 16 flood-related Presidential Disaster Declarations within the same time period to support their use of the trailers.

“New Jersey is proud to be home to one of the nation’s largest CERT programs — 19,000 volunteers organized into 432 teams,” explained Colonel Rick Fuentes, State Police Superintendent and Director of the NJ Office of Emergency Management. 

“The program is robust because of citizen engagement, neighbor helping neighbor, a New Jersey tradition. We will continue to support our volunteers’ efforts by equipping them with resources, such as the Disaster Response and Flood Response Utility Trailers. Fifteen communities are receiving equipment today, but it’s also a time to thank and recognize all CERT volunteers who serve others selflessly during adverse conditions,” Fuentes said on Wednesday.

The Disaster Response Utility Trailer that Brick received is worth $9,830.00. The trailer is equipped with a generator, basic medical supplies, lighting equipment, tools, tents and evacuation support equipment. Both these and the Flood Response Trailers are funded by the United States Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Wednesday’s deployment brings the total number of CERT Utility Trailers allocated by the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management to 100. 

For more information regarding communities receiving CERT trailers, please feel free to read the state Office of Emergency Management website.

Bricktown Lew June 30, 2012 at 01:01 AM
I remember years ago back in Sussex County, our County CERT Team got a trailer with emergency supplies. We then made a list of things not included that we would need. I recommended amateur radio equipment. Anyway, being coastal and easily prone to floods, I'm surprised it took this long to get a trailer...if it is the first trailer. The next question is if there is a designated vehicle available to pull the trailer in times of emergency.
GT June 30, 2012 at 12:39 PM
I haven't seen the new trailer yet but to answer your question. I'd think the town could use one of our Military Duce and 1/2 trucks to trailer it around. Just my guess ???
Bricktown Lew June 30, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Greg, that would make perfect sense. Are you with CERT down here? The problems that would come up with the trailers is that the moment there is an emergency, all of the trailer towing capable vehicles promised would suddenly "disappear." : ) Also, before we even got our trailer, when we were told of the dimensions of the trailer, both myself and a couple others mentioned the ground clearance problems we would have...and we were right. Be careful of rough terrain or the trail will bottom our very quickly.
J.JONES June 30, 2012 at 06:47 PM
One less thing the tax payers don't have to pay for ..yea..is that our tax break ?? just asking ..
Bricktown Lew June 30, 2012 at 09:08 PM
We'll let you know the next time there is a hurricane, tropical storm, or tropical depression headed this way and taxes are the least of your concern...
IGGY June 30, 2012 at 10:24 PM
They can sell the 2 $500,000 trucks we already have. We have 2 because both police chiefs both wanted different equipment so.........they ordered 2
clyde June 30, 2012 at 10:57 PM
I think the town has enough crap already. What's next a tank? Maybe the trailers have pontoons.
John Q Public July 01, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Hey , put your name here, when your house is floating down the street or your stuck on your roof because you failed to get out in time complain then about taxes and having to many pieces of emergency apparatus. You have the lowest fire tax in the state and if you think our local politicians, police or otherwise, aren't doing the right thing. Peel yourself off your couch on election day and vote. If your not part of the solution you are the problem.
clyde July 01, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Hey John Q ahole, Number 1 I vote every election, fire elections, primaries everything. 2 if I was that stupid to stay that long, leave me there, if something bad happens to me its my fault. But I would listen to the warnings & get out. Town fire depts are a totally different story, they deserve everything they have, they need it. By the time my house floats away, that dumb little trailer would gone. Watch the first time they need it for an emergency, all the tires will be flat, the gen won't start cause the gas went bad, & no one will have a key for the trailer lock (what am I thinking they won't secure it).
IGGY July 01, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Been there done that....you are 100 % right
J.JONES July 01, 2012 at 10:46 PM
HEY Lew, If we get a bad Hurricane,Tropical storm..the trailer isn't going to help..If the truck pulling it can't get through ..We chose to live by water so we know what can happen and we deal with it..
J.JONES July 01, 2012 at 10:48 PM
can't say who July 02, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Brick Patch Please watch the Counsel Meeting of June 26, 2012. While the counsel President was speaking on an important issue the Brick camera was focused on the private conversation between the Mayor and his business administrator which include much laughing and joking around and the Attorney at one point was also included. The camera made a good point; it showed the Mayor was rude and disrespectful to the Counsel President by not listening to his comments and by laughing and joking around. When the Mayor speaks he demands attention and respect. He should learn to give due respected to others. My opinion…..
John Q Public July 02, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Well Clyde Ocksucker since your a voting couch slug sorry I mean voting pillar of our community I guess u got me on that one. As for your other verbal masturbation any emergency service who is entrusted with equipment that would serve the community during a disaster and allows it to deteriorate due to lack of maintenance should be charged with official misconduct by the Ocean County prosecutors office and thrown in the clink. It's a different world out there now. If you poked your head out of your parents basement once in a while you would see it. The whole its never happened here thing, we don't need that, that's a waste of money, blah blah blah, is frankly a retarded way to live ones life. The weather is only getting worse and we are not prepared regardless of what our elected officials say. It's not it won't happen but only a matter of when.
John Q Public July 02, 2012 at 11:34 PM
What are the lives of your loved ones worth? Isn't expense secondary to what this equipment is being put in place for? Why is it always, that costs to much, then I'm getting a lawyer and suing because they didn't or couldn't save my loved one. They should've known better they are the authorities. I'm just a Monday morning quarterbacking member of the public who constantly voted down emergency preparedness expense and budget expansion. What about those people of our community who can't just pick up and leave when an evacuation order is given? The old, the poor, the homeless. Just some food for thought.


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