SUMMIT, NJ - While its storm track continues to evolve, and forecast modeling currently shows a shifting path moving out to sea, Hurricane Joaquin -- currently rated at Category 4 -- is heading northward and will likely impact the Hilltop City early next week.
 
According to AccuWeather.com, "A copious amount of moisture will unload very heavy rainfall along parts of the Atlantic Seaboard and the Appalachians into early next week. Strong winds, coastal flooding, and beach erosion will occur and could be very damaging even in the absence of a landfall."
 
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, as well as governors in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina have already declared states of emergency.
 
 
In addition to heavy rainfall, wind gusts of 40 mph or more are expected, which could cause property damage, down trees and power lines.
 
City officials have stressed preparedness.
 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) outlined the following tips on how to prepare ahead for emergencies, including what should be included in a disaster preparation kit:
 
Disaster Supplies Kit 
 
A collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.



Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days.

Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.

Contents

- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
 
In a previously published column on TAPinto Summit, Keller Williams Premier Properties Sales Associate Lynn Reed supplied a comprehensive list of emergency contact numbers, including:
 
For Emergencies, dial 9-1-1 (important to note that if you are home and have a landline, dial 9-1-1 from the landline so that the call may be traced to your home address. Calls from cell phones are routed to cell towers and often dispatched to the State Police Department).
 
Summit Police Department (non-emergency): (908) 273-0051

Summit Fire Department (non-emergency): (908) 277-1033

Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad (non-emergency): (908) 277-9479

City of Summit websitehttp://www.cityofsummit.org/

City of Summit Office of Emergency Management websitehttp://www.cityofsummit.org/content/8242/8298/9106/default.aspx

City of Summit Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/City-of-Summit/16765882663236

Nixle Alert System
http://www.nixle.com/

Swiftreach replaced the City of Summit’s Code Red – sign up at
www.city of summit.org/emergencymanagement

Union County First Alert Systemhttps://www.ucfirstalert.org/index.php?CCheck=1

Red Crosshttp://www.redcross.org/

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