Storm preparation is crucial
by Mayor Michael Gonelli
Oct 22, 2017 | 891 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Natural disasters are powerful forces of nature that are increasingly making worldwide headlines. In the past several weeks, there have been three major hurricanes, Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as an earthquake devastating places like Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Mexico. These super storms devastated communities, families and crippled the economy to these regions.

Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 50 inches of water in Texas, completely flooding out many towns and districts. If that wasn’t enough, the category 4 storm had sustained winds over 130 mph. On the heels of Harvey was Irma, a category 5 hurricane when it hit Cuba and moved up the coast to the Florida Keys and other coastal cities. More than 1.2 million people were affected by Irma. Mandatory evacuations were in place for Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

As the southern region continues to seek shelter during hurricane season a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico City killing over 200 people.

Some people may argue these natural disasters are evidence of global warming. Others may say it’s the beginning of the end of the world as we know it. Whatever explanations scientists or theorists give, what we need to do is be prepared. We need to protect ourselves from these unpredictable forces of nature and we need to reach out to help others affected.

Our community is filled with caring people who pulled together and gathered a tractor trailer filled with supplies including fresh water, back packs and school supplies, new clothing, blankets and shoes. A long time Secaucus resident, now living in Katy, Texas expressed deep gratitude for the generosity of Secaucus. In fact, it was described as a ripple effect of help stemming from Secaucus’ relief efforts. Children who have been placed in new schools received backpacks, cancer patients were given new blankets, and displaced families were given new shoes and clothes. These items have helped restore hope and confidence to the residents of Texas who face many challenges ahead. For this, I say thank you.

It was not that far back in history when our community was hit with several powerful storms. Residents are still recovering from Irene and Sandy. Secaucus does have an emergency plan in place for these types of catastrophic weather conditions. Emergency personnel, government agencies and other private industry have coordinated a comprehensive plan together to protect families of the community. Some things you can do to be prepared are to keep emergency supplies including non-perishable food, water and fresh batteries in a radio on hand and listen for emergency broadcasts put out by government officials.

Here in Secaucus, we are committed to doing our best to lessen the impact created by historical storms like Sandy, Harvey, Irma and Katrina, to name a few. No one can predict what nature has in store, but being prepared greatly reduces the risk of loss from severe weather.

For more information or concerns about weathering a storm, call my office at (201) 330-2005.

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