Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over warm ocean waters and move toward land. Potential threats from hurricanes include powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, tornadoes, and landslides. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. Hurricanes:
- Can happen along any U.S. coast or in any territory in the Atlantic or Pacific oceans.
- Can affect areas more than 100 miles inland.
- Are most active in September.
A hurricane can cause widespread devastation during and after it occurs, so planning and preparing can make a big difference in safety and resiliency in the wake of a hurricane. The ability to quickly recover
following a hurricane requires a focus on preparedness, advance planning, and knowing what to do. While no one can predict when an emergency will occur, there are steps everyone should take to be prepared.
The Middlesex County Office of Health Services encourages everyone to:
•Have an emergency kit
•Make an emergency plan
Have an emergency kit.
Everyone should be prepared to have enough supplies for several days. Emergency kits should include the basics for survival including non-perishable food, water, at least a week’s worth of medication (both over-the-counter and prescription, if possible), flashlight, transistor radio, batteries, phone chargers, baby supplies and other special medical needs.
Make an emergency plan.
Families should have an emergency plan that includes the entire family and friends in case family members are separated when an emergency occurs. Plans should identify how to contact each other, where everyone will meet and what to do in various situations. An emergency plan should also include a comprehensive contact list that includes school and health care information as well as family information. Make sure this list is updated often as cell phone numbers may change.
Being prepared means staying informed. Use reliable sources for information, including the local or state health department or emergency management websites. Local newspapers, radio and television stations are also good sources for information during an emergency.
Get involved. Consider taking a first aid or emergency response course. Help make your community stronger by joining your local Medical Reserve Corps, which coordinates volunteer activities.
NationalWeather Service Forecast Office Philadelphia/Mt Holly
New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
New Jersey Department of Health - Emergency Preparedness
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Hurricanes and Tropical Storms
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Flooding
Ready.gov - Hurricanes
Ready.gov - Flooding
Middlesex County Medical Reserve Corps
New Jersey Department of Human Services - Coping With Disasters
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