FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6, 2008
CONTACT: Wayne Avery, 908-527-4742
The 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season has arrived. Hurricane season runs through the month of November and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is urging residents to make plans now to deal with any storm related emergencies that might occur as a result. New Jersey is no stranger to dangerous storms and damaging floods. In 2004 Hurricane Ivan crashed ashore and quickly became a category five hurricane, causing millions of dollars in damage to homes and businesses.
“It is extremely important, particularly for families, to have a plan in place in the event a storm hits our area,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada. “Taking the time now to map out escape routes and store away needed supplies could save you and your family in the event tragedy strikes.”
Here are some tips to ensure you are ready when and if a Hurricane strikes:
- Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.
- Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.
- Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles. Take time to practice these routes so everyone becomes familiar with them.
- Chose an out-of-state friend to act as a contact to make sure every family member is accounted for after an evacuation.
- Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
- Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
- Check your insurance coverage. Flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.
- Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.
- Use a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio, which monitors official weather service warning, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Remember to replace the battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors.
- Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.
For more information regarding Hurricane Season and how to better prepare for a storm please visit: www.ready.nj.gov/plan/hurricane-before.html.