HOBOKEN – The city has issued preliminary details on local preparations for a potential hurricane that could reach Hudson County as early as Sunday:
“There is a growing possibility that Hoboken and the region could be impacted by a very major storm early next week as Hurricane Sandy continues north. More than six inches of rain and hurricane force winds may occur, with the possibility of record flooding.
“Just as with Hurricane Irene, we are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Most importantly, we want residents to remain alert and take steps to prepare themselves.”
Residents who do not have a land line or have not received emergency notifications in the past are urged to sign up for the City’s Reverse 911 system by visiting www.hobokennj.org/emergency. Residents may also sign up for non-emergency related alerts at www.hobokennj.org/alerts.
The City has plans in place for a shelter and emergency operations center if necessary. Barricades will be pre-positioned if needed to close off streets and “No Parking” signs posted in the most flood-prone areas. North Hudson Sewerage Authority has been clearing out catch basins.
A flood pump is operational, but very heavy rain can still result in flooding. As a result, residents who park on-street are strongly urged to avoid flood-prone areas. Due to the possibility of very strong winds, residents and businesses are asked to bring in unsecured objects from patios and balconies and secure outdoor objects such as lawn furniture or garbage cans that could blow away and cause damage or injury.
FEMA advises residents to take the time now to put together a family emergency plan and emergency 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.
For updates, visit www.hobokennj.org or sign up for email or text alerts at www.hobokennj.org/alerts.