Communication is key during a storm

FREEHOLD, NJ – With the first official snow fall of the season, we are reminded that we must be prepared for winter weather.

“Now is the time for us to begin preparing for snow, ice and strong winds,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “It’s important for us to prepare because winter weather can cause power outages that result in loss of heat, water and communications to our homes and businesses. The County has prepared a checklist for winter emergency preparedness that can be found on at www.visitmonmouth.com.”

Preparing for winter storms is very similar to preparing for other emergencies like hurricanes or floods, with the addition of a few cold-weather supplies.

“As we saw with Superstorm Sandy, there may be times when you lose not only access to television and telephones through the power in your home, but your cell phone service as well,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the County Office of Emergency Management. “It is essential to make sure that you and your family have a battery-powered radio, and extra batteries, so that you will be able to learn about local emergency instructions.”

County officials encourage residents to prepare their family, home and vehicle for emergencies.

“Make sure your family has a plan in case of emergencies,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “Your family may not be together when an emergency occurs, so it is crucial that the whole family knows the plan of how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.”

For more information about how to prepare for emergencies and to access the Monmouth County Emergency Preparation Guide go to the Emergency Management section of the County website at www.visitmonmouth.com.