RAHWAY – A Rahway city councilman is advising people to be ready for fall storms.
“In conjunction with September being storm preparedness month, area residents need to be proactive and prepare for the upcoming storm season,” said Rahway Councilman Bob Bresenhan. “Residents are warned not to wait until the last minute when all basic supplies including bottled water, flashlights, batteries, candles, matches and so many other basics essential to riding out a storm disappear from supermarket shelves,” he added.
“I urge residents to be vigilant and visit the American Red Cross or the National Hurricane Center for their useful storm guides and checklists to be sure they are ready for any upcoming storms that may pose a threat to the local region,” he continued. “Besides having adequate supplies on hand and moving individuals or automobiles to higher ground, residents also need to secure outside property such as patio furniture, umbrellas, grills, garbage cans or any other items that can become dangerous flying objects under extreme storm conditions. I also encourage families to plan an evacuation route should it be necessary, gas up vehicles and choose an out-of-area emergency contact person. If you are told to evacuate, please do so immediately.”
Bresenhan warned, “It is imperative for citizens to heed storm warnings and advice from such organizations as the National Weather Service, local news forecasts as well as messages from state, county and local emergency organizations. These warnings are treated seriously and only sent out when the threat is real. It’s better to be prepared and safe than put oneself or the lives of emergency personnel in a dangerous or compromising situation just because an individual was reckless and did not take a storm warning serious.”
Bresenhan also provided some key emergency organizations and their contact information detailed below:
- PSE&G -In case of power outages or if you see downed power lines or smell gas call 800-436-7734.
- Nixle: Nixle Connect is an application that allows the NJ State Police and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management to communicate with the public via text/SMS, e-mail, and internet posts. You may register to receive messages by sending a text message with your zip code to 888777 (data rates may apply depending on your plan). Online registration is also available at www.nixle.com.
- FEMA: FEMA’s website has suggestions for preparing your home or business for a hurricane, what to do if a storm approaches, and how to respond after it passes: http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
- NJ 2-1-1: Dial 211 toll-free to receive preparedness and disaster-related info 24/7 or visit: www.nj211.org
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