MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The Mayor and Township Committee have proclaimed May 23-29, 2010 as Hurricane Preparedness Week in Middletown Township. National Hurricane Preparedness Week highlights the vital importance of being prepared when natural disasters strike. Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30. Forecasters are predicting near average activity this season with 18 named storms and 8 hurricanes. Hurricanes can cause destruction over entire regions and claim many lives.

By working together as a community Middletown can better prepare for, respond to, and recover from a hurricane. Middletown Emergency Management works with township, county and state agencies and first responder organizations to develop emergency operation plans that address response to hurricanes and other community hazards, said OEM Coordinator Charles W. Rogers III.

Residents can do their part by preparing themselves and their families for emergencies. Residents should maintain emergency supply kits, family communication plans and evacuation plans. Residents should also register with the Middletown Township Citizen Communication Center at www.middletownnj.org in order to receive important alerts via e-mail and cell phone text messages about local emergencies. Alerts are issued for occurrences such as hurricanes and other severe weather, utility outages and road closures, Rogers said.