In his presser the Governor stated that he understood how the people of New Jersey are “cynical and tough”. He added “So amI. I suspect that maybe that is why they elected me”. But Christie warned that no one should be cynical about the warnings he was issuing nor should they think they are tougher than the potential of Irene.
Christie said that at the moment he issuing a voluntary evacuation warning to people in low lying areas of the state and in shore communities, especially those who are on the state’s barrier islands. He told residents that while the evacuatuin is now voluntary, the potential exists for him to make it a mandatory evacuation and asks residents to leave now, before such a mandatory order sends a hign volume of New Jerseyansd on to roads all at the same time and thereby creating traffic jams and delaying the evacuation process.
Christie also warned that this storm will impact the entire state, not just the coast and that with recent heavy rainfalls, all of the states rivers and streams are at risk of reaching catastrophic flooding levels due to an additional 6 to 12 inches of rainfall just from Irene alone.
Politics 24/7 urges all New Jersey residents to monitor the storm as closely as possible. We also suggest that they take the following tips for their safety.
Learn what disasters or emergencies may occur in your area. These events can range from those affecting only you and your family, like a home fire or medical emergency, to those affecting your entire community, like an earthquake or flood.
- Identify how local authorities will notify you during a disaster and how you will get information, whether through local radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio stations or channels.
- Know the difference between different weather alerts such as watches and warnings and what actions to take in each.
- Know what actions to take to protect yourself during disasters that may occur in areas where you travel or have moved recently. For example, if you travel to a place where earthquakes are common and you are not familiar with them, make sure you know what to do to protect yourself should one occur.
- When a major disaster occurs, your community can change in an instant. Loved ones may be hurt and emergency response is likely to be delayed. Make sure that at least one member of your household is trained in first aid and CPR and knows how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). This training is useful in many emergency situations.
- Share what you have learned with your family, household and neighbors and encourage them to be informed.
Emergency Contact Cards for All Household Members
Get your cards online at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/ECCard.pdf.
- Print one card for each family member.
- Write the contact information for each household member, such as work, school and cell phone numbers.
- Fold the card so it fits in your pocket, wallet or purse.
- Carry the card with you so it is available in the event of a disaster or other emergency.
Residents are also advised to begin preparing emergency or disaster kits that consist of the following:
1Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
1Food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days
— non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
— foods for infants or the elderly
— snack foods
— non-electric can opener
— cooking tools / fuel
— paper plates / plastic utensils 1Blankets / Pillows, etc.
1Clothing – seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
1First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs1Special Items – for babies and the elderly1Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes1Flashlight / Batteries
1Radio – Battery operated and NOAA weather radio1Telephones – Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
1Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards – Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
1Important documents – in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
— insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
1Tools – keep a set with you during the storm1Vehicle fuel tanks filled
1Toys, Books and Games
1Pet care items
— proper identification / immunization records / medications
— ample supply of food and water
— a carrier or cage
— muzzle and leash