Hurricane Season Preparedness

Hurricane Preparedness

June 1st to November 30th Is Hurricane Season and here is some information to help you prepare in the event of a severe weather event.

Robertsville Volunteer Fire Company’s top priority is to assure the safety of everyone during potentially dangerous weather, and encourages residents to make preparations for their homes and families.

Being prepared for any emergency requires planning. If you are able to stay at home, electricity, water, heat, air conditioning, telephone service and transportation could be disrupted or lost for some time. Emergency management planners suggest having food, water, medications and other essentials on hand to last your family for three to five days. Learn more about how to prepare your Emergency Kit ,develop an emergency plan and stay informed at http://www.state.nj.us/njoem/plan/kit-plan.html , during a hurricane emergency.

Get the facts about hurricane preparedness from the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management at http://www.state.nj.us/njoem/plan/hurricanes.html

Learn how people with special needs can prepare for an emergency at http://www.state.nj.us/njoem/plan/special-needs.html

learn how businesses can prepare for weather emergencies at http://www.state.nj.us/njoem/plan/business-indust.html

Understanding Storm Messages

Listening to the weather forecast, it is important to understand the meaning of watches and warnings.

HURRICANE WATCH: Hurricane conditions are possible , usually within 36 hours.
HURRICANE WARNING: Hurricane conditions are expected, usually within 24 hours.
SHORT TERM WATCHES AND WARNINGS: provide detailed information on specific hurricane threats, such as tornadoes, floods, and high winds.

During a Watch

Listen to radio, TV, or NOAA Weather Radio for official bulletins of the storm’s progress.
Fuel and service vehicles.
Prepare to bring lawn furniture and other loose, lightweight objects inside.

During a Warning

Closely monitor radio, TV, or NOAA Weather Radio for official bulletins.
Follow instructions issued by local officials. Leave immediately if told to do so!
Turn the refrigerator to maximum cold and open only when necessary.
Fill bathtub and large containers with water for sanitary purposes.
If winds become strong, stay away from windows and doors. Go to an interior first-floor room such as a bathroom or closet. Close all interior doors and brace external doors.

Additional Hurricane Preparation Tips

Meet with neighbors to plan how the neighborhood can work together.
Identify the elderly and disabled who may need help with transportation and medical concerns.
Keep a first aid kit, medications, eyeglasses and hearing aid batteries on hand.
Teach children how to reach family members in case they become separated during a storm.
Discuss how to dial emergency numbers and practicing escape routes from all rooms with your children. The emergency number for fire, police, and ambulance in Marlboro Township is 911.