Friday, October 26, 2012

HOBOKEN ADVISES RESIDENTS TO PREPARE FOR HURRICANE SANDY & SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

City of Hoboken announces:


HOBOKEN ADVISES RESIDENTS TO PREPARE FOR HURRICANE SANDY & SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

The City of Hoboken is asking residents to take steps to prepare for the potential for severe weather as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

“At this time, we are working with all departments and agencies to monitor conditions and prepare for the worst, and we are asking residents to do the same,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We will continue to monitor weather conditions during the weekend and implement our plans as needed.”

Information related to Hurricane Sandy and other important relevant resources are available on the City website atwww.hobokennj.org/sandy.

Residents who live in ground floor units in low-lying areas of the City are asked to consider potential evacuation plans in case an evacuation is deemed necessary. At this time, no evacuation orders have been issued. Plans are in place if needed, to open a shelter at the Wallace School and a backup shelter at the High School.

FEMA advises residents to take the time now to put together a family emergency plan and emergency kit (http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit). Some of the items in a basic emergency kit include: one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation; at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food; battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio; flashlight and extra batteries; and First Aid kit. Having a kit can help you weather the storm.

Due to the possibility for strong winds, the City will be bringing trash cans indoors. Residents are asked bring inside or tie down any patio furniture, flower pots, toys, and other loose items they may have outside. Contractors should secure construction sites.

Flooding is possible, so cars parked on-street should be moved out of flood-prone areas. Depending on storm conditions, the City may offer discounted parking in municipal Garage B on a first-come first-served basis to residents with valid parking permits. If so, details will be announced on the City website.

Volunteer Information Sessions & Community Outreach
The City and its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) seek additional volunteers to help prepare for the storm by distributing information to seniors and Housing Authority residents on Saturday and learn about how to potentially staff an emergency shelter and call center, depending on the severity of the storm.    

Information Sessions & Community Outreach:
Saturday, 11:00 am
221 Jackson Street Community Room

Sunday, 11:00 am
City Hall Council Chambers