For Immediate Release
Friday, October 26, 2012
Storm Preparations Continue - Officials Advise Residents to Make Plans Now
Atlantic County officials encourage residents to make preparations for themselves and their families including plans to relocate if necessary in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy and an associated hybrid storm that is expected to impact our area over several days beginning Sunday or Monday.
“This is a serious storm with the potential for heavy rain, coastal flooding, beach erosion and damaging winds over several days,” stated County Executive Dennis Levinson. “I encourage everyone to make the most of this time by gathering several days worth of supplies, medications, non-perishable food, water, batteries, chargers, portable radios and flashlights and important documents and contact information. Should you need to evacuate, pack basic essentials as you would if you were going away.”
Levinson also reminds residents in need of assistance during the storm that their first call should be to their local emergency management office. Contact numbers are available on www.ReadyAtlantic.org and on page 19 of the Verizon phone book. Residents should be prepared for a multi-day event and identify a friend or relative with whom they could stay should evacuations be ordered. Plans should also include provisions for pets such as food, medications and carriers. Red Cross shelters do not accept pets so pet-friendly lodging should be considered.
Residents are also reminded to check their properties and secure outdoor furniture and belongings. Fallen leaves can block or clog storm drains contributing to neighborhood flooding. Property owners are urged to remove leaves wherever possible.
If the storm results in prolonged power outages, there are steps you can take to minimize food loss and to keep all members of your household as comfortable as possible. Visit www.ReadyAtlantic.org to learn more as well as to access information regarding the use of generators. The web site also provides evacuation routes. The Atlantic County Emergency hotline is available at 1-866-704-4636 to provide recorded updates throughout the storm.
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