South Orange Publishes Hurricane Sandy Survey Data


SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Village has released the data collected in surveys that were filled out by residents to to provide input and feedback after Hurricane Sandy. 

Village President Alex Torpey, also the Village's Director of the Office of Emergency Management said ina prepared statement that "Although we're still collecting some data, we have taken the step to post all of the cumulative responses today, and will include this information in our official after-action report, which will include a lot of data and feedback, and how we take steps to prepare for future storms. We have an amazing emergency response infrastructure in South Orange, but can always do better, and these surveys as well as feedback from the individual Neighborhood Association meetings will help inform not only our decision making but where we need to spend our time lobbying at the state level."

A few points posted on the Village website:

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- Nearly 70% of residents were 'satisfied or very satisfied' with the Village's response to Hurricane Sandy, while only approximately 10% of residents were 'satisfied or very satisfied' with the responses of PSE&G and NJ Transit.

- Approximately 40% of residents directly used official Village resources for emergency information, with the "reverse 911" voice/email/text system the most used single information channel.

- 73% of residents daily commute was impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

- 33% of residents relocated.

- Approximately 85% of residents who lost power, lost power for more than eight days.

The information contained in this report is approximate and does not necessarily represent a statistically significant proportion of the community for scientific purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. 

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