2018 Hurricane Season Preparedness

Published on Sep 06, 2018 at 09:35a.m.

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The hurricane season is approaching. Below are some useful links and helpful information on hurricane preparedness. We will try to keep you informed with any specific storm information as we get it.

Make sure you, your neighbors and friends are signed up for township alerts to get the latest news. 

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  • Listening to weather forecasts, particularly on all-news radio stations WCBS 880 AM and WINS 1010 AM;
  • Have battery-powered radios and flashlights in the event of a loss of power;
  • Spare batteries for those portable devices and others;
  • Purchase sufficient non-perishable food supplies for 3 to 5 days;
  • Bring indoors all outdoor furniture or at least tie them down securely;
  • Have a plan on where your family will reunite in case of evacuation or separation;
  • Sign up for alerts from Teaneck and Bergen County by going to the township website at www.teanecknj.gov, then click on Alerts Sign Up at the left-hand side of the homepage.  Alerts can include e-mail, text and telephone messages to smartphones, computers, and telephones.

Following is a detailed list of important tips from the Teaneck Police Department:

Emergency Kit

  • Include a flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries (fresh), first aid kit, manual can opener, antibacterial hand wipes or gel, rubber gloves and candles.
  • Five gallons of bottled water per person (to last 3-5 days) and water purifying supplies such as chlorine or iodine tablets or household chlorine bleach.
  • Non-perishable food such as canned goods, granola bars, dried foods, instant soups, and cereals.
  • Prepared baby formula and several days supply of baby food in jars. Powdered baby formula should only be prepared with bottled water.
  • Essential prescription medications for two to three days, as well as over-the-counter medicines such as aspirin.
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Rain gear
  • A family emergency plan that includes pre-determined meeting places in case of separation and also evacuation routes.

Food Safety

  • Floodwaters can lead to contaminated water supplies and loss of electricity. Drinking or cooking with contaminated water or spoiled food can cause illness.
  • Minimize the number of times you open the freezer and refrigerator doors.
  • If you are without electricity for a prolonged period, use dry ice to keep refrigerated foods cold. Your refrigerator will keep foods cold for about four hours without power if not opened.
  • Food kept in a closed refrigerator will keep for approximately 18 hours from the time the power went off. After that, throw it out.
  • Food kept in a closed freezer will last for approximately 48 hours. After 48 hours, food should be cooked thoroughly or thrown out. Do not freeze-thawed foods.
  • Discard any food that has been at room temperature for more than two hours. If you are in doubt about the safety of any food item, throw it out.
  • When boiling water, bring it to a rolling boil for one minute to kill organisms.

Water Safety

  • Do not use contaminated water to make ice, wash dishes, brush your teeth, wash or to prepare food.
  • When boiling water, bring it to a rolling boil for one minute to kill organisms.
  • Go to authoritative websites listed at the end of this news release for information about water treatment safety.

General Health Issues

  • Wash hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected.
  • If you have any open cuts or sores that will be exposed to floodwaters, keep them as clean as possible by washing with soap and applying an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
  • Open wounds that come in contact with contaminated water should be evaluated by a physician.
  • Excessive rain and floods are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Wear clothes with long sleeves and long pants and use insect repellent with DEET.
  • Remove all standing water as soon as possible.

What to Do After a Hurricane

  • Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio broadcast or the local news for the latest updates.
  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
  • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
  • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed ­out bridges.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
  • Stay out of any building that has water around it.
  • Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of the damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
  • Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.
  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
  • Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
  • Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
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