Wednesday, January 20, 2016
The potential for a high impact winter storm late Friday through Saturday has Atlantic County officials preparing to deal with a wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain, gusty winds, and coastal flooding.
While there is still some uncertainty about the exact track of the storm, there is little doubt that it will impact our area with some form of precipitation.
Residents are encouraged to stay informed and make preparations by discussing emergency plans with family members including plans for your pets; replenishing disaster supply kits for home and vehicles; and registering with CodeRED, the county’s Community Notification System, at www.ReadyAtlantic.org.
“While we have experienced unseasonably warm temperatures for several months, winter has arrived,” stated County Executive Dennis Levinson. “County emergency management officials and public work crews are closely monitoring this storm and preparing accordingly, as should our residents.”
Residents can also visit www.ReadyAtlantic.org to find information about generator and alternative heating device safety and steps to take during prolonged power outages as well as contact information for the local offices of emergency management, your first call in a non-life threatening emergency.
Now is the time to restock supplies such as flashlights, batteries, battery-operated radios, non-perishable food and water; charge electronic devices; check on elderly and compromised relatives and neighbors; fuel vehicles; have cash and prescription medicines on hand, officials noted.
Residents who live in areas that typically flood should consider moving their vehicles to higher ground prior to the storm’s arrival late Friday and also make every effort to avoid driving through flood waters.
Atlantic County will continue to provide residents with information and updates throughout this winter storm.