The Offices of Emergency Management for Long Branch and Oceanport are jointly hosting a workshop on Storm Surge presented by New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) and its partners. The public, as well as New Jersey's coastal mayors, town planners, public works departments, area OEM managers, and environmental commissions are invited to attend. Attendees will obtain a better understanding of this dangerous storm action that will enable them to make informed decisions when faced with potential surge events, such as how to prepare and when to evacuate.
The presentation will be Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. at Long Branch City Hall 2nd Fl. Council Chambers 344 Broadway, Long Branch. Parking is available in the City Hall parking lot and on street.
Storm surge is a coastal flood like phenomenon of rising water commonly associated with low pressure weather systems, the severity of which is affected by the shallowness and orientation of the water body relative to storm path, and the timing of tides. Most casualties during tropical cyclones, more commonly know to us as hurricanes, occur as the result of storm surges.
Stan Dziuba and Buzz Baldanza, Coordinators for Long Branch and Oceanport, respectively, both stress the importance of understanding that storm surge is an event that will impact both the individual and community. In a joint statement, both coordinators stress that, "With a better understanding of what Storm Surge is, the public will take the necessary action to remove themselves from danger, before it's upon them with no way out". Both men have a combined 40 years of experience in emergency management operations to include recent hurricane events.
Invited panelists include, Dr. Jon Miller and Dr. Amy Williams of Stevens Institute of Technology with an introduction by Dr. Peter Rowe of NJSGC.
Dr. Amy M. Williams, Post-Doctoral Associate, Davidson Laboratory, Stevens Institute of Technology is working on living shoreline projects as a GIS and ecology specialist. She received her B.S. in natural resource Management from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and her M.S. and Ph.D. at Texas A&M University with a focus on coastal ecology. Dr. Williams is a local resident of Ship Bottom, NJ where she is vice president of Alliance for a Living Ocean, with a focus on environmental education and advocacy for healthy coastal ecosystems. Along with Dr. Jon Miller, Dr. Williams has been working on Coastal Storm Awareness Programs for New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium
Dr. Jon Miller, a New Jersey native, studied Civil Engineering and graduated in 1999 from Stevens. That fall, Dr. Miller entered the Coastal Engineering graduate program at the University of Florida, where he earned both his Master's and Ph.D. He is presently a Research Assistant Professor of Ocean Engineering at Stevens. When hurricanes threatened the New Jersey coast, Dr. Miller is summoned to provide his expert opinion to the media. As a coastal processes specialist for the New Jersey Coastal Protection Technical Assistance Service (NJCPTAS), he is a go-to voice for shoreline conditions.