1. Listen to the radio, watch TV or use the web for information. Philly.com is being updated constantly on the latest news from Hurricane Sandy.
On the Web – Use credible websites to get information about natural hazards and emergency preparedness. The NJ Office of Emergency Management works closely with the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center regarding storm predictions and forecasts.
New Jersey Office of Emergency Management – ready.nj.gov
Find out if your community has a “reverse 9-1-1” system or if you can opt-in for email updates from municipal officials.
2. Secure your home, close storm shutters and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
3. Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
4. Turn off propane tanks
5. Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purpose such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other larger containers with water.
6. Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
7. Close all interior doors – secure and brace external doors: Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm – winds will pick up again.
8. Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level.
9. Make sure your phone has battery and have a second option close by.
10. Avoid elevators.
11. Stock up on an emergency supplies such as convenience foods that do not need to cooked, blankets, candles, water, flashlights, and extra batteries.
For more survival tips, visit http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes