HURRICANE SEASON IS ARRIVING…BE PREPAREDBy Leslie Terjesen on Wednesday, August 24, 2016
HURRICANE SEASON IS ARRIVING…BE PREPARED
“Hopefully, we will never see the devastating effects of a storm like Sandy again, but even hurricanes that pack much less of a punch, can cause devastation very quickly,” stated Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. “It is important that our residents know what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.”
Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) Public Health Coordinator, offered these basic preparedness tips:
- You and your family should know where to go and if you need to evacuate you should know your evacuation routes to take and have a plan for where you can stay.
- Put together a disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first-aid supplies, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate.
- If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
- Make sure all family members have a copy of your Family Emergency Communication Plan.
“In addition,” added Regenye, “it is important to prepare your home. There are several things your can do to eliminate or minimize damage from a hurricane, including the following:
- Before hurricane season or when you hear a hurricane may be coming, look around your property and if necessary, trim or remove damaged trees and limbs.
- Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
- Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.
- Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages.
- Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
The Ocean County Health Department will continue to offer tips for hurricane season for our residents through press releases, information on our website at www.ochd.org or at Twitter@OCpublichealth or by following our Facebook page.