TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency in New Jersey on Thursday ahead of weekend storms and a possible hit from Hurricane Joaquin. Expect some weekend activities to be canceled or postponed.
By declaring a State of Emergency, the State Director of Emergency Management is authorized to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies.
In a press conference Thursday morning, Christie said,"We know there is definitely going to be moderate and likely to be major flooding events in South Jersey Friday and Saturday with 5 to 6 inches of rainfall expected to come."
Flood warnings and watches are in effect throughout New Jersey and rain is expected to begin again Thursday.
"At this point, it's just too soon to say with any certainty whether or not Joaquin is likely to have a direct impact on New Jersey or not," Christie said.
Christie said that former cabinet members who served during Sandy are subject to be recalled to help with this weekend's storm and that he will consider evacuations, if necessary.
"I'm not here to say Sandy II is coming. I have no way of knowing that. But what I want people to know is if it did, we're as prepared as you could be to deal with it," Christie said.
With regard to evacuations, "We're not there yet, and if we are going to be there, my guess is we'd be there in 12 to 24 hours and we'll let people know," Christie said.
The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management offers these preparedness tips:
"Get A Kit" of Emergency Supplies
Items For Your Home:
Three days' supply of canned, non-perishable, ready-to-eat FOOD
Three days' supply of WATER (a total of three gallons per family member)
Battery-operated RADIO and extra batteries
FLASHLIGHT and extra batteries
One week's prescription MEDICATIONS
FIRST AID KIT
Non-electric CAN OPENER and UTENSILS
CASH or TRAVELERS CHECKS
Store important DOCUMENTS in a waterproof, safe location
In Case You Need To Evacuate:
Keep your vehicle's gas level at a minimum of half-a-tank.
Every family member must carry CONTACT INFORMATION:
All phone numbers at work, school, etc. for every family member
The name and number of a relative who lives out-of-state, to call in case your family gets separated.