UNION COUNTY, NJ – New Jersey in the path of Hurricane Joaquin, according to the latest weather predictions. The storm, which stretches from Rhode Island to North Carolina could potentially reach New Jersey by Monday.

Most likely, Union County will experience some heavy rain and wind throughout the end of the week and into the weekend leading up to next week. Union County freeholders ask that residents take this opportunity to prepare for severe weather events.

Emergency experts recommend that every household and business be prepared to spend at least three days without power or access to local grocery stores and other services. That includes keeping a first aid kit and a supply of non-perishable food and bottled water on hand. Flashlights and other emergency equipment should also be stored in an easily accessible area and should be checked regularly to make sure they are working properly.

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For vehicle owners, preparedness also includes responding to emergency guidance such as topping off gas tanks ahead of a storm and avoiding non-essential travel during recovery.

As part of their emergency preparedness measures, residents and businesses should also check their property and secure lightweight yard furniture, trash cans, toys, and other items that could create windblown hazards.

For tips and resources on emergency preparation in Union County, visit http://ucnj.org/prepare/.

Additional guidance on preparing for hurricanes is available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency at http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.

To receive alerts on cell phones and other mobile devices, residents can join the Union County First Alert system by signing up online at http://www.ucfirstalert.org.

When an alert is received, residents should follow up by tuning in to the local news reports. The home page of the Union County website, http://ucnj.org/, where information and updates will be posted, can also be bookmarked..

Information on the progress of Hurricane Joaquin is available from the National Hurricane Center at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.