As the Jersey Shore recovers from the damage caused by Tropical Storm Isaias, many homes are still without power. Here is some important safety information from the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management. Stay safe everyone! Be sure to continue to follow us on social media @shoretvnj #shoretvnj
• Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. Use coolers with ice if necessary. Monitor temperatures with a thermometer.
• Maintain food supplies that do not require refrigeration.
• Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators, camp stoves, or charcoal grills should always be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows. Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home.
• Check on your neighbors. Older adults and young children are especially vulnerable to extreme temperatures.
• Go to a community location with power if heat or cold is extreme.
• Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics. Power may return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can cause damage.
• Call 911 if you are dependent on equipment that requires electricity and have an urgent need.
• Monitor the amount of time the electricity is out to determine whether to move medications requiring refrigeration into an alternate temperature controlled container.
• Individuals and caregivers can learn more about access and functional needs planning at registerready.nj.gov.