To help residents stay safe during the storm, officials and experts recommend following these tips.
“As Hurricane Sandy moves toward the east coast, it is so important to make sure all of us have taken the time to prepare for this storm. There are many helpful organizations working to keep people safe and informed. I want New Jerseyans to have access to all of these preparation, safety, and emergency response resources in one user-friendly place. That’s what you’ll find at www.menendez.senate.gov/hurricanesandy.”
He added: “As we track this potential super-storm, I encourage families to stay together. And please take special care to look in on elderly or disabled neighbors and friends. Let’s all do our best to look out for each other.”
The Hurricane Sandy Resource Center includes comprehensive information and links to resources from national, state and local governments, news media, weather services and other organizations. The web page features Twitter feeds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the NJ Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM), NJ.com, the RedCross and others which will provide real-time updates on the hurricane.
“Union County will be at the ready with personnel and equipment, and everyone can help our community get through this safely by taking a few simple steps,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.
Mirabella reminded County residents that basic steps include stocking up on a few days’ worth of food and water, including ready-to-eat food. Persons using prescription drugs or medical equipment should check those supplies, too.
Because strong winds are predicted, it is also important to bring trash cans, plastic lawn furniture and other items inside or take extra precautions to secure them.
Additional guidance from the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management is available at the “Be Prepared for Hurricane Sandy” link on the Union County website, ucnj.org.
“Follow the news closely this weekend and make sure you have a battery-operated radio with fresh batteries at hand,” said Mirabella. “When more people are well prepared, that frees up our first responders to focus on worst-case situations that require special training and equipment.”
Union County residents will automatically receive alerts by telephone, as needed. For those with mobile devices, alerts by text message and email can be obtained by signing up for UC FirstAlert at ucfirstalert.org.
For Union County alerts and updates online, visit ucnj.org or follow Facebook at facebook.com/pages/County-of-Union-New-Jersey/155114994511979
, or Twitter at twitter.com/countyofunionnj.
Union County residents are also reminded to call 911 only to report life threatening emergencies.
To report power outages, PSE&G customers should call 800-436-PSEG (800-436-7734). For JCP&L the number is 888-LIGHTSS (888-544-4877).
“While Sandy’s exact track is still uncertain, New Jersey has the potential to experience a major impact from high winds, heavy rain, flooding and power outages,” said Governor Christie. “That’s why it’s important from the State level on down to prepare in advance of this serious storm. The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management’s Hurricane Survival Guide is available to residents online with important information about emergency preparedness. Now, ahead of any potential impact of Sandy, is the time for families to ensure they are prepared and are tuned in for the latest path of the storm for our coast. I encourage all of our families to stay informed, get ready, and reach out to those you know who may be isolated, or in need of extra assistance during adverse conditions.”
The State Emergency Operations Center was activated at 8 a.m. today to coordinate preparations related to the storm.
New Jersey residents can maintain situation awareness in the following ways:
On the Web – Use credible websites to get information about natural hazards and emergency preparedness. The NJ Office of Emergency Management works closely with the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center regarding storm predictions and forecasts.
New Jersey Office of Emergency Management – ready.nj.gov
Social Media – Social media and other advanced communications technologies are used by the NJOEM and by emergency managers statewide.
- Find out if your community has a “reverse 9-1-1″ system or if you can opt-in for email updates from municipal officials.
- “Like” the NJOEM on Facebook, follow it on Twitter, or subscribe to the NJ State Police (NJSP) on Nixle Connect.
NJOEM on FB: facebook.com/READYNEWJERSEY
NJOEM on Twitter: @NJOEM2010
NIXLE – New Jersey residents can register to receive messages by sending a text message with their zip code to 888777 (data rates may apply depending on your plan). Online registration is also available at nixle.com.
NJ Alert – NJ Alert is a free, voluntary and confidential emergency alerting system that allows NJ Office of Emergency Management officials to send E-mail or text messages to cell phones, and other email enabled devices during an emergency event. Sign up for NJ Alert by logging on to: njalert.gov.
NOAA Weather Radio – is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service Office. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. NOAA Weather Radios are typically inexpensive, easily available in stores and can often be programmed for your specific area. nws.noaa.gov/nwr/
Traditional Media – Continue to monitor traditional media sources – TV, newspapers and radio – to stay informed of breaking news and continued coverage of emergency events.
Follow these tips to prepare in advance:
Fill all available freezer space with ice, preferably solid ice rather than ice cubes. It will melt more slowly. You make your own ice packs by freezing water in clean plastic containers such as beverage containers and juice or soda bottles. Make ice now.
Place a thermometer in both the freezer & refrigerator.
Note the time when the power goes out and when it comes back on.
Keep the refrigerator & freezer doors closed as much as possible.
A full refrigerator will hold at about 40° F temperature for about 4 hours. If power will be out longer, consolidate cold foods in coolers with ice to prolong safe keeping.
A full freezer (in a refrigerator/freezer unit) will hold for about 2 days and a half full freezer about 1 day. A full stand-alone freezer may hold longer.
The storm has potential to cause major problems for residents in Roselle and across the state for a number of days. Mayor Holley is calling for all citizens to be vigilant and take action before Sandy makes land fall.
“It is imperative that our residents take this storm seriously,” Mayor Holley said. “There is nothing wrong with being prepared. I am urging everyone in Roselle to make a checklist of things they will need to get them through this storm safely.”
Residents are urged to:
-Take all lawn furniture in doors and board up windows if high wind advisory is issued for Roselle area.
-Stock up on an emergency supplies such as convenience foods that do not need to cooked, blankets, candles, water, flashlights, and extra batteries.
-Make sure all electronics are charged.
-Check up on elderly family members who live on their own.
In case of an emergency, please contact the Roselle Police Department at (908) 245-5600 or the Roselle Fire Department at (908) 245-8600.
“Growing trees could ‘catch’ more wind and be more susceptible to increased chances of failure,” Andersen said. “Preparing trees for a natural disaster is a must and should be done well in advance of the storm season. To help ease these dangers, have a professional arborist evaluate your trees. Doing this will help you determine potential weaknesses and dangers.”
Look at your trees for the following warning signs:
•Wires in contact with tree branches. Trees may become energized when they are contacted by electric wires.
•Dead or partially attached limbs hung up in the higher branches that could fall and cause damage or injury.
•Cracked stems and branch forks that could cause catastrophic failure of a tree section.
•Hollow or decayed areas on the trunk or main limbs, or mushrooms growing from the bark that indicate a decayed and weakened stem.
•Peeling bark or gaping wounds in the trunk also indicate structural weakness.
•Fallen or uprooted trees putting pressure on other trees beneath them.
•Tight, V-shaped forks, which are much more prone to failure than open U-shaped ones.
•Heaving soil at the tree base is a potential indicator of an unsound root system.
•Remember, too, that a tree is a living thing, and its integrity and stability change over time, so don’t assume that a tree that has survived nine severe storms will necessarily survive a tenth.
Read more here:Hurricane Sandy: Safety tips in Union County – NJ.com.