Getting ready for summer? Plan for a storm, too.

David Madden
June 01, 2018 - 12:54 pm
Vince Jones, director of emergency management in Atlantic County

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EGG HARBOR TWP, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — As we enter hurricane season, authorities are getting their ducks in a row, so to speak, should rough weather hit. Atlantic City Electric is joining in that effort.

The utility company met with emergency managers in Atlantic County, along with police, the Red Cross and others in advance of what's expected to be a warmer and wetter summer.

But everyone says it's hard to convince the general public to get ready until there's an actual threat. By then, it's often too late. That's why you should get an emergency kit together, now, says Andrew Sykes, the utility's manager of emergency preparedness.

"Some of the contents that you want in this storm kit are a hand-cranked or battery-operated flashlight and/or radio, some extra batteries, a first aid kit, special-need items such as required or prescription medication. And include additional cell phone batteries," Sykes said at the Atlantic County Emergency Management offices in Egg Harbor Township.

You should also include enough water and non-perishable food for three days, just in case.

Recent history suggests that, in these parts, we're hit more often by micro-burst storms that hammer a small area and can leave people without basic services for days at a time. And truth be told, most people simply don't prepare in advance. 

They should. Just ask Vince Jones, director of emergency management in Atlantic County.

"Our job is made easier if the public, the residents including, the visitors that visit this area, if they're prepared. If they know what to do in the event of an emergency," he added. "If they know what to do if a storm is approaching."