Staying informed is key says county officials

FREEHOLD, NJ – It’s more than likely that one of the last things you want to think about is a superstorm or hurricane impacting Monmouth County again. But, the truth is this: we are now in the peak of hurricane season and you need to be prepared.

“Many people do not worry about preparing for a hurricane or other big weather event until it is too late,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “We have seen first-hand the devastation a superstorm can cause. Residents need to take emergency preparedness very seriously.”

“The most important act of preparation you can do for yourself in your family is to stay informed,” Sheriff Shaun Golden said. “The likelihood that you and your family will survive a nor’easter, hurricane or other emergency depends on the preparations that you make in advance and knowing what is going on around you at all times.”

If a storm is imminent, you will need to stay actively informed. Make sure you have a battery operated radio and that your cell phone or smart phone is fully charged. 

“Monmouth County maintains several active outreach channels to keep you informed in the event of a storm, especially a major storm,” said Arnone. “The County’s Department of Public Information and Tourism ramps up its use of Facebook and Twitter to send out critical useful information to our residents and visitors.”

“Like” the County’s Facebook account at Monmouth County Gov and “follow” the County’s Twitter feed to get information now and be ready for the next big storm.

“When a big storm or event impacts Monmouth County residents, turn to our local radio, print and online newspapers to get information about the storm, evacuations, shelters and more,” Arnone said.

The department of Public Information works closely with local media outlets to send out information that residents need to know.

“Another way for residents to learn how to prepare for emergencies is to join the Citizen Corps,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the County’s Sheriff’s Office and OEM. “Undergoing citizen corps training is a great way to feel empowered in the event of any emergency.”

The County has two primary programs for you to get involved: 

Citizen Emergency Response Team, or CERT, is a program that trains community members to provide volunteer support to local emergency responders during community incidents and disasters. For more information, contact the County OEM  at 732-431-7400 or log onto the County website at www.visitmonmouth.com.

Medical Reserve Corps, or MRC, is also a community-based volunteer program that engages medical, public health and other civilian volunteers to strengthen public health and improve emergency preparedness and response. For more information, contact the County Health Department at 732-431-7456 or log onto the County website at www.visitmonmouth.com.

Additional information about storm and disaster preparations is available on the County’s website at www.visitmonmouth.com.

The County OEM works closely with federal, state and local partners to prepare for virtually all hazards, natural or manmade, that could affect New Jersey’s families, communities and businesses.