Superintendent: Middle school served well as emergency shelter

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PETERSBURG – The Upper Township Middle School served as a shelter for more than 100 displaced residents from Ocean City and Strathmere during Superstorm Sandy last month, and Superintendent Vincent Palmieri said the township’s emergency management team deserved “kudos” for a job well done.


“There were people, dogs, lizards and fish and there were no incidents,” he said. “As chaotic as it could have been, with over 150 people, it went without incident. After it was over, they transformed what had become a shelter back to a middle school seamlessly.”

Palmieri said the school’s gymnasium was “wall to wall” with cots during the storm.

“They really pulled it together,” he said, adding that school board member Fran Newman was among the emergency medical technicians on hand. “The staff did an excellent job. The library became a medical center. I am happy and pleased.”

“The staff and the administration worked hard to make sure the schools were safe and secure and the people who were here were safe,” said board President Michele Barbieri.


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