TLS spoke with EMS Chief, Scott Carter on what is being done for EMS preparedness for this weekend’s pending storm. Carter stated “Ironically, September is National Preparedness Month”, and in only a few short days our region is about to be hit with an anticipated Category 2 – and possibly as hard as a category 4 – Hurricane with sustained winds or gusts greater than 100 MPH.
As earlier reported, this storm will also impact our area with heavy rain upwards of 10 inches over parts of the State. The concern is also elevated for flooding due to a new moon which will push streams and rivers even higher during the time of High Tide.
Preparedness needs to begin today, says Carter, to include household preparations (Secure outside loose objects, toys or anything that can blow around and create a projectile). Include in your planning, food, water, prescriptions, flashlights, batteries, fuel in your vehicles and an emergency to go bag (clothing and personal needs kit).
The three EMS agencies in town have been in contact over the past day and will be planning and discussing the needs of the residents as this storm begins to build and choose a course. Even, if NJ is not a direct hit says Carter, the area will still see increased winds and heavy rain. This, could cause street flooding and loss of power. Being ready today will reduce the stress when the storm strikes Saturday Night / Sunday.
“This hurricane should not be taken lightly”, Carter says. “Driving should be limited to urgent reasons, sightseeing can be dangerous to you, your passengers and emergency responders because of downed trees and unseen power lines”. ” f you need to leave your house during the storm, please do so carefully and remember never to drive through flooding or standing water on the roadway. If you can not see the painted lines on the road, the road may not be there”. “Remember, ‘Turn around, do not Drown'”. TLS.