Saturday, September 3, 2016
With the threat of coastal flooding, sustained high winds and gusts, potential power outages, major beach erosion, heavy surf and rip currents due to the movement of Tropical Storm Hermine up the eastern seaboard, Atlantic County emergency officials urge residents and visitors here for the Labor Day weekend to make preparations NOW.
A Tropical Storm Warning is currently in effect for Atlantic County until further notice. Atlantic County officials continue to closely monitor the storm system and put plans and resources in place should they be needed..
Residents are reminded to make their own storm preparations that include restocking disaster supply kit items, securing outdoor furniture and objects, refilling prescriptions, charging electronic devices and having a 3-day supply of non-perishable food and bottled water. Additional suggestions are available on the county’s emergency preparedness web site: www.ReadyAtlantic.org.
It is also a good time to register with CodeRED, the county’s Community Notification System to receive email or text alerts. Registration is available at www.ReadyAtlantic.org.
The web site also includes a list of evacuation routes. As is the case in any emergency it is recommended that residents have an out-of-area contact should an evacuation be ordered. Shelters should be a last resort; not a first choice. It is typically more comforting to seek shelter with family and friends than at a shelter with only basic provisions.
The public should monitor media outlets and advisories from government officials to be aware of potential road closures and for storm updates and instructions.
In the event of a life-threatening emergency call 9-1-1. For non-life threatening emergencies your first call should be to your local Office of Emergency Management. Contact numbers are provided in the Verizon phone book as well as at: www.ReadyAtlantic.org/mainpages/localems.asp.