By Leslie Terjesen on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

“It only takes one storm to change our entire community with devastating effects on residents,” said Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health.  “Ocean County is still recovering from Superstorm Sandy that destroyed so many homes, beaches, businesses and people’s lives and livelihoods.  Now, just before hurricane season begins, is the time to prepare for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane.”

Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) Public Health Coordinator, stated, “The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have divided Hurricane Preparedness Week into daily themes, which include:

Sunday, May 15thDetermine Your Risk – Find out today what types of wind and water hazards could happen where you live, and then start preparing now for how to handle them.

Monday, May 16thDevelop an Evacuation Plan – The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you are in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane. If you are, figure out where you’d go and how you’d get there if told to evacuate and identify someone to see if you can use their home as your evacuation destination. Be sure to account for your pets, as many local shelters do not permit them.

Tuesday, May 17thSecure an Insurance Check-up – Call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance check-up to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to make any repairs if necessary.

Wednesday, May 18thAssemble Disaster Supplies - You are going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of one week. You’ll need extra cash, a battery-powered radio and flashlights. You should have a portable, crank or solar powered USB charger for your cell phones. Go to to learn how to assemble emergency kits and other necessary information.

Thursday, May 19thStrengthen Your Home – If you plan to ride out the storm in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications.

Friday, May 20thIdentify Your Trusted Sources of Information for a Hurricane Event -  NOAAs National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service offer up to date.  If you live in a town that has a Nixle or Emergency Network, be sure to sign up for it; you can receive updates on your cell phone.

Saturday, May 21stComplete Your Written Hurricane Plan – The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the hurricane season begins.