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Thursday, October 1, 2015

With hurricane in works, time to check emergency preparations

NOAA map shows projected path of Hurricane Joaquin.

Plainfield residents need to take the approach of Hurricane Joaquin seriously.

Now is the time to check your emergency preparations and supplies -- batteries, candles, flashlights, water, nonperishable food, blankets and warm clothing, etc. Check you local gas station to see about their preparations for a storm emergency -- beforehand.

No matter how severe the storm is (or isn't) when it hits Plainfield, we all know the drill -- possibilities for power outages, fallen trees and branches and flooding in low-lying areas are high. So why not be ready?

During flash flood this past August, John Louise
and his DPW crew evacuated at flooded resident.
(Image from the Star-Ledger).
It would also be a good idea to check your emergency communications options. The City of Plainfield and Union County offer several methods for getting emergency information. If you have not already signed up, follow these links to do so before any emergency arises --

Note that with the new 65-foot telephone poles PSE&G is installing throughout the city, we have no experience with how they will do in severe wind conditions. If the storm impacts Plainfield and you must go out, pay close attention to conditions.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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