At this time residents are encouraged to stay informed and to discuss emergency plans with family members, including preparations for pets. Farmers should also do a self-audit risk assessment to make sure your business is prepared.
Everyone should review and replenish their disaster supply kits. A complete list of items to include in a kit is available online at www.ReadyAtlantic.org where one can also find evacuation routes, preparedness information for those with special needs, contact information for local emergency management offices and more.
Daryl Minch, Family and Community Health Sciences Educator from RCE-Somerset County, offers the following tips and suggests downloading a copy of fact sheet FS1178 - Help! My Refrigerator or Freezer Stopped Working. Is My Food Safe?
- Fill all available freezer space with ice, preferably solid ice rather than ice cubes. It will melt more slowly.
- Make your own ice packs by freezing water in clean plastic containers such as beverage containers and juice or soda bottles. Make ice now.
- Place a thermometer in both the freezer & refrigerator. Note the time when the power goes out and when it comes back on.
- Keep the refrigerator & freezer doors closed as much as possible. A full refrigerator will hold at about 40° F temperature for about 4 hours.
- If power will be out longer, consolidate cold foods in coolers with ice to prolong safe keeping.
- A full freezer (in a refrigerator/freezer unit) will hold for about 2 days and a half full freezer about 1 day. A full stand-alone freezer may hold longer.
In addition to the web site, Atlantic County has established an emergency information hotline at 1-866-704-4636 where residents may call to receive preparedness information and storm updates. Residents are also encouraged to register with the county’s Community Notification System at www.ReadyAtlantic.org to receive email or text alerts.
This hybrid storm, termed “Frankenstorm” by some forecasters, is anticipated to impact our area between Sunday and Wednesday, Halloween day. Residents should make preparations for a multi-day storm event.