This weekend, Hurricane Irene is projected to hit New Jersey. The brunt of the storm will hit our state Sunday. Yesterday, Governor Christie declared a state of emergency, and we should all start preparing now.
The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management has set up a website – www.ready.nj.gov – where you can find comprehensive instructions on what to do in a hurricane. Please print out their checklist. You can also find links to updated weather maps to track Irene’s path.
Here are a few tips to prepare for the hurricane:
• Make sure you have necessities in your home – including plenty of food, water, blankets, batteries, flashlights and a first aid kit.
• Have a hand-cranked or battery-operated portable radio so you can listen to the latest news.
• Have your pantry stocked with canned food and a can opener in case your power goes out.
• If you take medicine, make sure you have an adequate supply and fill all prescriptions beforehand.
• Fill the gas tank in your car and make sure you have cash on-hand in case local gas pumps and ATMs are also affected by power outages.
• In a worst-case scenario, know your local evacuation route – especially if you live in an area prone to flooding.
Please do not wait until the last minute to prepare.
Senator Barbara Buono
Here is some good advice that I received in my inbox this morning from NJ Senate Majority Leader, Senator Barbara Buono on being prepared for this weekends hurricane.