South Jersey Prepares for Sandy
Friday, October 26, 2012 • 9:11pm
Atlantic County officials encourage residents to make preparations for themselves and their families including plans to relocate if necessary in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy and an associated hybrid storm that is expected to impact our area over several days beginning Sunday or Monday.
“This is a serious storm with the potential for heavy rain, coastal flooding, beach erosion and damaging winds over several days,” stated County Executive Dennis Levinson. “I encourage everyone to make the most of this time by gathering several days worth of supplies, medications, non-perishable food, water, batteries, chargers, portable radios and flashlights and important documents and contact information. Should you need to evacuate, pack basic essentials as you would if you were going away.”
Levinson also reminds residents in need of assistance during the storm that their first call should be to their local emergency management office. Contact numbers are available on www.ReadyAtlantic.org and on page 19 of the Verizon phone book. Residents should be prepared for a multi-day event and identify a friend or relative with whom they could stay should evacuations be ordered. Plans should also include provisions for pets such as food, medications and carriers. Red Cross shelters do not accept pets so pet-friendly lodging should be considered.
Residents are also reminded to check their properties and secure outdoor furniture and belongings. Fallen leaves can block or clog storm drains contributing to neighborhood flooding. Property owners are urged to remove leaves wherever possible.
If the storm results in prolonged power outages, there are steps you can take to minimize food loss and to keep all members of your household as comfortable as possible. Visit www.ReadyAtlantic.org to learn more as well as to access information regarding the use of generators. The web site also provides evacuation routes. The Atlantic County Emergency hotline is available at 1-866-704-4636 to provide recorded updates throughout the storm.
The Wildwoods Halloween Parade and Fun Fair will take place as scheduled this evening, Friday, October 26 starting at 6:15 p.m.; and the Pumpkin Run is scheduled tomorrow, Saturday, October 27 with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the run starting at 10 a.m. The Wildwoods Trunk or Treat, originally scheduled for Tuesday, October 30 has been cancelled due to the possible threat of Hurricane Sandy.
The Wildwoods are making all necessary preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. Cape May County Emergency Management has announced that mandatory evacuations will begin on Sunday, October 28 at 8 a.m. and require everyone to be off the islands by 9 p.m.
Please visit www.capemaycountygov.net to keep updated on information regarding Hurricane Sandy.
For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.