For Immediate Release:
October 29, 2012
County asks residents to
continue to heed warnings
FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management urges residents to heed the warnings that have been issued in connection with Hurricane Sandy, currently a Category 1 storm.
Meanwhile, county emergency personnel are continuing to monitor the effects of the storm and respond to the needs of communities. Mandatory evacuations are in effect in all or part of 15 municipalities. Nearly 1,000 residents have sought accommodation at the two county shelters.
“We are expecting Hurricane Sandy to impact the county for at least the next 24 hours,” Mike Oppegaard, Director of the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management said. “We are hoping that residents have heeded warnings and evacuations and are prepared for the possibility of high winds, power outages and flooding.”
Over the past few days, residents have been encouraged to plan, prepare and stay informed.
“Residents who have created a kit and evacuated to the homes of friends or families or are sheltering in place should be ready to make it through the storm,” Freeholder Director John P. Curley said. “Everyone should continue to monitor local radio and television for the latest information on Hurricane Sandy.”
Oppegaard also reminds residents to be safe with these reminders:
- Do not go outside. Flying debris from high winds is a danger. As the eye of the storm passes, there will be a short period of calm followed by rapid wind speed increases to hurricane force that will come from the opposite direction.
- Avoid using candles for lighting. Use a battery-powered flashlight.
- Try to stay in an interior room away from windows.
- If flooding occurs, turn off electricity at the main breaker.
- If your power goes out, turn off your major appliances. This will minimize losing power again through a power surge and protect the equipment when power returns.
- Stay calm and do not call 9-1-1 unless it is an emergency.
Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden echoed the 9-1-1 reminder.
“Calling 9-1-1 for the wrong reason or calling the number inadvertently may keep someone else from getting the help they need,” Golden said. “If you do call by mistake, please stay on the line until the call taker can confirm that you do not require emergency assistance.”
Do not call 9-1-1 to ask for directions, to check on power, telephone or cable outages, to inquire about road or weather conditions, to get information about public services or to report situations that are not emergencies.
“During severe weather and all other times, residents are reminded to call 9-1-1 only in emergencies that threaten life or property,” Golden said. “These include a fire or serious medical condition, when there is fear for personal safety or the safety of others, or during a crime in progress.”
For more information about emergency preparedness, go to the County website, www.visitmonmouth.nj.us, check the Monmouth County’s Facebook page, or sign up to receive County tweets from Twitter,MonmouthCountyGov.
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