With all of the activity going on with Hurricane Sandy and the potential for a Cape May NJ landfall, please find a weather update here from the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management.
If you would like to follow the storm with your iPhone or iPad, you can download a very good ap from the Red Cross which includes a Hurricane Tracker and also provides some very good content on planing for a Hurricane including along with information on how to prepare a Hurricane Sandy preparedness kit.
Check out the app by clicking here
Here is a link for the NJ Hurricane Survival Guide with very good detailed information to prepare.
Active Weather Threat,,Halloween Week Nor’easter,October 28,th,– 31,st,2012
October 25, 2012
Cape May Court House - The Cape May County Office of Emergency Management continues to monitor the path of Hurricane Sandy. The potential of the storm reaching our region has increased over the past 24 hours. The storm has retained tropical characteristics i.e.. extremely heavy rainfall rates, a core of very strong winds.
The potential continues for a very dangerous autumn storm system to impact the region early next week. This storm will be associated with what is currently Hurricane Sandy and will bring strong damaging wind gusts, extremely heavy rainfall and major flooding along streams and rivers. A full moon occurs on October 29th, which will contribute to major coastal flooding.
The eventual track of this storm will determine the area that is impacted; however, the likelihood of the storm affecting our region has once again increased over the past 24 hours.
Preparedness steps to take now:
- Review your Family Emergency Plan and update as needed
- Be prepared to evacuate if local officials instruct you to do so
- Be prepared for potential long-term power outages
- There are a lot of leaves on the ground, which are excellent material to clog/block storm drains, worsening local/neighborhood flooding. Get leaves and any other obstructing materials away from storm drains before this storm arrives.
- Secure outdoor furniture and items
Here is a copy of the advisory issued Wednesday, October 25, 2012 by the National Weather Service.
When A Storm Threatens:
Teach family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water.
Keep a supply of cooking and eating implements that can be used in the absence of running water and electricity, such as:
Plastic utensils, paper cups & plates.
Manual can and bottle openers.
A heating source, such as a camp stove or canned heat stove, and extra fuel.
Plenty of plastic garbage bags.
Flashlights, battery operated radio, and plenty of batteries.
Monitor TV, radio, & newspapers for emergency information.
Multimedia announcements will be your only way to learn about boil water requirements during & after a disaster.
During a Hurricane Watch & Warning:
Thoroughly clean the bathtub, jugs, bottles and cooking utensils.
Fill your bathtub and any other large containers with water for washing, cleaning and flushing the toilet.
Have one gallon of water per person, per day available to meet your drinking & cooking needs for a two week period.
Do not lower the water level in your swimming pool, or it may pop out of the ground.
Refill special medications.
Fill your car with gas.
Put up shutters, siding or plywood on windows.
Put important documents in a safe dry place.
Locate insurance information.
Charge rechargeable items.
Move cars into garage or near building, away from trees.
Clear patio and yard of loose objects.
If you have cable, get out your set-top antenna.
Move valuables off of the floor.
Cover or move furniture away from windows.
Close all interior doors.
Don't open any windows.
If necessary, cover yourself with a mattress.
Closely monitor radio & TV.
Stay off phone.
Do not light candles or kerosene lanterns.
If the wind dies down, you may only be in the eye of the storm, do not go outside, wait for the all-clear.