MIDDLESEX COUNTY – With another major storm predicted to hit our area, Middlesex County Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano is encouraging residents to continue to maintain safety preparations in their homes.
Experts expect the storm to hit the area this afternoon, bringing high winds, rain and possibly snow accumulation through Thursday.
To prepare for this storm County officials are continuing to coordinate with local municipalities and with the State of New Jersey for overall response to this new storm system.
Middlesex County Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano said, “We are currently using our emergency response team resources to aid in the recovery effort of Hurricane Sandy and will continue to do so should this or any other storm impact the County. We will continue to staff our shelters and the County’s Emergency Operations Center, and can utilize our emergency support staff already in the field should new challenges arise.”
“The best time to prepare for an emergency is before it happens, and we encourage all of our residents to remain prepared,” said Freeholder H. James Polos chair of the County’s Public Safety and Health Committee
It is recommended that residents take the following steps to prepare:
- Know your town’s evacuation routes.
- Store flashlights (with batteries), candles and a transistor radio (with batteries).
- Designate a meeting place for your family during an emergency.
- Have emergency contact numbers easily accessible.
- Make sure that you have at least a 3-5 day supply of non-perishable food and water.
- Make sure your plans include family pets.
- Include prescription medications, baby supplies and any additional items for special medical needs.
- Place an emergency kit in your car.
- Make sure you have a cellphone car charger.
Middlesex County is continuing to coordinate preparedness efforts closely with federal and state agencies. Residents should monitor local radio and television stations for weather conditions and emergency updates and should visit the websites below for more detailed information:
- Middlesex County —http://co.middlesex.nj.us
- NJ Department of Health and Senior Services – www.nj.gov/health.
- New Jersey Office of Emergency Management — www.state.nj.us/njoem
- Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) — www.fema.gov,
- The American Red Cross — http://redcross.org.
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