Last updated on May 16, 2017 at 02:42 pm
By now, most New Jersey residents are aware that Hurricane Sandy is about to strike the state with the potential for coastal and inland flooding plus damage from winds and rain. It is important that families and individuals take the proper steps to ensure their safety. Below are three important steps that the Plymouth Rock Assurance team encourages everyone to follow to prepare for Hurricane Sandy:
Prepare an Emergency Disaster Kit
- At the very minimum, gather water (one gallon per person, per day)
- A five-day supply of non-perishable food, including a can opener
- At least seven days of all medications needed for you and your family
- A five-day supply of crucial toiletries that satisfy your basic hygiene and sanitary needs
- Cell phones with battery backup chargers
- Battery operated or hand crank operated radio
- Basic tools like flashlights, multipurpose tools, an alert whistle, screwdrivers, and rope
- Candles, matches, and/or battery operated lantern
- Copies of any crucial medical, legal, and health documents, plus a list of emergency contact info
- Cash, debit cards, and credit cards
- Bedding: sleeping bags, blankets, and/or an air mattress with foot pump
- Pet supplies: at least seven days’ worth of the basics for your beloved pet(s)
Lastly, prepare your automobile by filling the gas tank. In the event of an evacuation, place your vehicle in a safe place, such as a garage, away from potential falling debris and flood waters.
Make a Plan
Determine how you and your loved ones will communicate. NJ is proud supported of the emergency initiative “text before talk” for cell phone and smart phone use. Using simple text messages to communicate with your loved ones such as “R U OK” and “IM OK” work quickly allow the lines to stay open for vital communications from authorities and other relief efforts. It is also important to have a predetermined safe place to meet in case you are not able to get to your home, as well as making sure all young children know how to call 911 in the event of an emergency.
Keep track of the storm before it hits by utilizing government websites like NOAA and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, as well as American Red Cross and FEMA. Also tune in to local radio or websites (if available) to hear news that is directly affecting your area.
Remember that even during moments of calm, a hurricane can be dangerous. Be aware of downed power lines, rising flood waters, and other dangers that should be avoided. Try to stay calm and remain in a safe and secure space. If you lose power, use candles with caution in order not to create a fire hazard.
Even better, if you are briefly without power, use this time to reconnect with your family, play cards, boardgames, read and tell stories without the distractions of modern technology.