"Remember this time last year?" Summit Police Chief Robert Weck said to a reporter last night in regards to the storm that's expected to touch down in New Jersey. The chief cracked a smile, but was visibly worried about the possibility of another power outtage on the scale of last year's events following a freak October snowstorm.
Earlier in the day the Summit Police issued an advisory to the city asking residents to gird themselves for a possible hit from Hurricane Sandy. Officials are asking residents to be proactive and clear any leaves or debris from their storm drains.
According to City Administrator Chris Cotter local emergency management officials are expected to meet today for a briefing on the storm. "We'll review the lastest weather forecast and updates on the tracking of the storm," Cotter said.
The city's department of public works is expected to have sand bags ready as well as other precautionary measures. "We'll be clearing catch basins so that that will help to promote efficient flow of any storm waters, and reduce the amount of flooding," said Cotter, the city's former fire chief.
A full review of preparations for police, fire and other emergency responders will also take place today. "I anticipate that we're fully prepared," Cotter said, "But, it is always a worthwhile exercise to review the roles and preparations of each of our participants."
Residents are encouraged to sign up for the city's emergency alert system known as CodeRED.