“Emergency management, public works, law enforcement, human services, communications and many other county departments are proactively planning their response to this storm,” said Freeholder Mark Caliguire, public health and safety liaison. “Our number-one goal is to ensure the safety of our residents.”
The hurricane is expected to bring flooding, fallen trees and other wind damage. Residents who live in the various flood zones should tune in to their local radio stations or visit their municipal websites for frequent updates on events and possible actions.
“County public works crews will handle county road and bridge closings as needed, along with debris removal and the operation of the new flood-control gates in Bound Brook,” said Freeholder Patrick Scaglione, public works liaison. “Also, the current plan is to pick up residents’ recycling as scheduled next week.” “We encourage all county residents to have a ‘disaster kit’ containing the necessities they will need in case of a long-term loss of electricity and other utilities, or if they are faced with the possibility of having to evacuate their homes,” Freeholder Caliguire said. “Remember, emergency responders may not be able to assist you during the first few days of a disaster, so it’s important to be prepared whether you are at home or staying with a relative or friend.”
Kits should include a supply of bottled water, non-perishable food, a manual can opener, a fire extinguisher, a change of clothes, first-aid kit, bedding, prescription medication, sanitary needs, a standard AM/FM radio, flashlights and extra batteries, and any items required for infants or people with disabilities. Also, get cash before the storm, since power outages may disrupt ATMs.
Residents who live in flood-prone areas are encouraged to self-evacuate with friends and family; going to a shelter should be a last resort, as these facilities quickly fill to capacity.
Be sure to bring medications with you if you need to go to a relative’s or friend’s home or to a shelter.
This weekend, in preparation for the storm, remove any loose items from your yard that might get blown around, such as lawn furniture and outdoor decor. Also, do not rake leaves into the road – they will clog storm drains.
For more Hurricane Sandy Preparation information for Somerset County, New Jersey, visit yoursomerset.com at http://www.yoursomerset.com/
Many Somerset County area events scheduled for Monday, October 29th and Tuesday, October 30th have been postponed or rescheduled. We urge you to call to confirm all events posted on yoursomerset.com for these dates.