Surviving a Hurricane
Jersey Shore residents shouldn’t really count on government—of any type—to save them. Security can only come from having an escape plan and the discipline to employ it when the time arrives. If we’ve learned anything it’s that we can’t truly predict the weather.
Even the most advanced climate-tracking equipment and professionals are no match for Mother Nature’s wrath. Late-hour changes in a hurricane’s path could leave thousands unprepared.
Bottom line: all shore dwellers must be vigilant and always have a “Plan.” Here are some basics to consider:
- Review your homeowner’s and flood insurance polices annually to determine if you are properly covered.
- Be a little more careful and thoughtful during this hurricane season.
- If you suspect weather trouble, watch the Weather Channel or visit Weather.com periodically. Tune into your community’s radio station for regular weather updates.
- Have a personal escape route planned and a safe location established. State emergency management officials have posted Coastal Evacuation Route signs throughout county. Know them and have your car gas tank full.
- Assemble a disaster supplies kit. This should include a flashlight, radio, batteries, first aid kit, nonperishable foods, three gallons of water per person, and protective clothing.
- For more information visit the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management or the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.