TRENTON, NJ - Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency throughout the state on Thursday as a result of severe weather conditions expected in the coming days.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a dangerous nor'easter weather pattern impacting New Jersey, including high winds, very heavy rain, inland river flooding, as well as major coastal flooding with heavy surf and beach erosion.
The National Hurricane Center currently has forecasted the track for the impending weather event Joaquin, now a major hurricane, showing it moving northward off the mid-Atlantic coast late on or about October 4, which may cause significant flooding, dangerous storm surges between eight and ten feet, substantial wind damage, and stream and river flooding threatening homes and other structures, and endangering lives in the State.
These severe weather conditions may cause power outages, impede transportation and the flow of traffic in New Jersey, and thereby make it difficult or impossible for citizens to obtain the necessities of life, as well as essential services such as police, fire, and first aid http://orl.me/BrE5q9.
Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G), is making preparations for a possible landfall of Hurricane Joaquin in its service area. The utility also is closely monitoring the heavy rains and high winds forecasted for the region in the next few days.
“Right now, we are focused on shoring up critical equipment against possible storm surges and river flooding – installing concrete barriers, sandbags and portable pumps,” said John Latka, senior vice president of electric and gas operations for PSE&G. “While the track of Joaquin remains uncertain, we are preparing for the worst case scenario – a direct hit from the storm.”
PSE&G Preparation Tips:
Make sure you have a family emergency plan, prepare an emergency kit, and be ready to communicate.
Formulate a plan:
- Discuss storm safety with your family.
- How will my family get emergency alerts and warnings?
- How will my family get to safe locations?
- How will my household get in touch if cell phone, internet, or landline doesn’t work?
- How will I let loved ones know I am safe? How will family get to a meeting place after the emergency?
- Be sure everyone in the family is prepared. Go to www.pseg.com/sesamestreet to download the PSEG and Sesame Street “Let’s Get Ready!” emergency preparedness app for young children.
Make an emergency kit:
- One gallon of water per person, per day for at least three days
- At least a three day supply of non-perishable foods and a manual can opener
- Ensure you have a battery-powered radio and fresh batteries.
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Consider purchasing a portable gas generator and gas
- Compile a list of emergency phone numbers, including PSE&G’s Customer Service line 1-800-436-PSEG.
- Sign up for My Account and bookmark the mobile-friendly homepage on your smart phone to report outages and check restoration progress.
- Register for MyAlerts ahead of time to receive text notifications about an outage: https://www.pseg.com/myalerts/.
More information on how to prepare an emergency plan and kit is available at www.ready.gov.