Although not known to come to New Jersey often, Hurricanes have definitely found there way to the Garden State in the past few years. From Hurricane Sandy to Hurricane Irene, and recently to the flooding that Hurricane Ida brought, it’s important to know how to best prepare for such a situation, and your resources in times of disaster.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are predicting a 60% chance of an above-normal hurricane season for 2021. Hurricane season usually lasts from June 1st to November 30th, with September being the most active. Here are some essential steps you should take to prepare for a hurricane:
- Secure the exterior, whether it’s bolting doors or putting away things that may easily fly away.
- Install storm shutters.
- Move your cars to high elevated grounds, where flooding is less likely to occur.
- Unplug appliances and turn off all utilities.
- Charge your devices prior to the hurricane, so that you have a full charge in case of an emergency power outage.
- Prepare an emergency kit of essentials including a flashlight, batteries, water, non-perishable food, toiletries, clothing, blankets, and cash.
- Know your shelter room, one with no unprotected windows or doors.
- Always have a plan in case evacuation is necessary.
Here are some resources that are available to you:
- State of New Jersey Utility Contacts
- Individual Assistance Program
- Disaster Assistance FEMA Application
- Disaster Loan Assistance (for businesses, non profit organizations, homeowners, and renters)
- Red Cross
- FEMA Volunteer and Donate
- Disaster Distress Helpline
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