Get Ready, Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks

MIDDLESEX COUNTY — To help prepare for public health emergencies, the Middlesex County Office of Health Services is reminding residents that they should have at least a three-day supply of food and water stored in their homes, with at least one gallon of water per person per day.

Daylight savings time will happen this Sunday, March 11, and residents are encouraged to prepare by participating in the American Public Health Association’s “Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks” campaign. This effort reminds the public to set their clocks ahead one hour and check their emergency stockpile during this time.

H. James Polos, Freeholder Chairperson, Public Safety and Health Committee said: “It is important for all community members to be informed, prepared, and ready to respond to an emergency. Emergencies can be caused by natural, accidental, or intentional events and may occur at any time, any place, and without any warning. By developing an emergency plan and having an emergency preparedness stockpile in your home, you can help protect the safety and well-being of yourself and your family.”

Lester Jones, Director-Health Officer of the Middlesex County Office of Health Services stated, “The Daylight savings time change provides an opportunity to check the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and to replace anything that is expired or missing from your emergency preparedness stockpile. Once an emergency happens you may have very little time to prepare and respond. So take this time to sit down with your family and assess your needs in an emergency, and evaluate your present level of preparedness.

“I would like to encourage all Middlesex County residents to take part in this important campaign,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano. “Daylight Savings Time is a good reminder each year to check your emergency supplies and make sure everything is up to date and ready to go in case of an emergency.”

If you are updating your emergency stockpile or creating one for the first time, you can visit The Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks Web site at This Web site provides information to assist you in becoming prepared and includes a stockpile checklist, games for kids, a grocery list, and tips for healthy stockpiling recipes.

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