By Leslie Terjesen on Thursday, September 1, 2016


            “Every household should have an emergency kit to provide basics in the event you are without water, electricity, or other essential services for a few days,” said Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health.  “At the present time, a few hurricanes out in the Atlantic are being followed closely which is a reminder that everyone should be prepared AHEAD OF TIME.”


            Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) Public Health Coordinator, said, “We were all taken by surprise by Sandy, not that we were not expecting it to hit land, but by the strength, magnitude, devastation and destruction that it caused. Never would people have expected to be living in a shelter for up to two weeks and many of these people are still not back in their homes.  Although there were several lessons learned from Sandy, we do know when you are told to evacuate, even if a storm does not materialize as expected, it is a good idea to do so.  We also learned that power may be off much longer than expected.  Although we usually see emergency kits made to cover three days without power, people should consider that this may be longer.  Some of the items you should have are:

  • One gallon of water per day, per person, per pet
  • Ready-to-eat canned foods, dried fruits and granola bars
  • Manual can opener
  • Make sure your foods cover people with special needs, such as diabetics
  • Baby or infant food
  • Diapers
  • Medications – if you are low on a specific medication and a storm is coming, please make sure you refill ahead of time
  • Blankets and pillows
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Battery operated or crank radios
  • Paper goods
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Important family documents in a waterproof container.
  • Extra eyeglasses and hearing aid batteries
  • A list of telephone numbers for schools, work, day care and family members
  • An extra set of keys, a credit card, and cash in small denominations


The Ocean County Health Department website at has a list of Emergency Kit supplies right on its front page for you in addition to other storm resources.  You can also follow the Health Department on Twitter@OCpublichealth or like us on Facebook.