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Richard Tremitiedi on CERT and making the “right calls” on a hurricane

Dear Horsey:
Hurricane decision
making and teamwork
Hurricanes are powerful, dangerous and still quite
unpredictable despite our modern technology. Government, which often over-reaches
in many matters, did not overreact in the Hurricane Irene emergency. A lot of borderline
decisions had to be made.
They made the right calls. Locally in Hoboken, starting with
the Mayor’s office right down to the general public, the teamwork was
outstanding. Police, Fire, OEM, CERT, EMS, all city departments, Hoboken Board
of Education, NJ national guard, N.J. Transit, PSE&G,  volunteers from the public and Stevens Tech
students formed a team that helped save life and limited property damage as
much as possible. Residents and local business’ also supported by donating food
to citizens and workers. The formal and social news media provided pertinent
information and warnings.
 I was honored to
serve as a volunteer member of C.E.R.T. [Community Emergency Response Team] and
have the opportunity to interact with the above personnel and work side by side
with city directors in hands-on operations. Hoboken, as well as other
communities, prevailed as much as they could because they had many ‘boots on
the ground’.


Richard Tremitiedi
Former Hoboken Fire Chief

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