While White House 2012 has contributors throughout the nation, yours truly lives in Ocean County, New Jersey. This is an area that is just a few miles North of where the center of the storm is currently expected to come in land. This means the area I am in is expected to be bearing the brunt of the worst aspects of the storm’s winds and tidal surges. While I am not personally confronted with any profound threats for the storm, like millions of others I anticipate great inconveniences as a result of the damaging effects of the storm, specifically in the area of electrical power. So needless to say, at some point during and after the storm, I anticipate being without power and will most likely be unable to post anything to White House 2012 for extended period of time.
Of course that is not the main concern here. In the event of such storm related damage, I just want readers to understand what is responsible for the lack of activity on White House 2012. But the real concern here is for the 60 million people who will be effected by Sandy.
Please take all precautions available to you between now and early this evening. From the period of Sunday night and beyond, Sandy will be losing some of the characteristics that would technically define it as a hurricane and turning into a superstorm which will maintain hurricane force winds and rains, but over a much broader area than hurricanes ususally do and for a much longer period of time than hurricanes typically do. Currently the storm’s effects are projected to extend for 1,000 miles from it’s center. It is also expected to last for at least 36 hours, in varying degrees of strength.
For updated public advisories on the storm, please listen to your local NOAA radio station here.
This storm is not something which anyone who will be affected by it can take lightly. From flooding of those who live along the shores of all the the Great Lakes where winds are expected too generate waves as high as 22 feet, to the people living on the shores of the ocean, inlets and bays of the Mid-Atlanitc and New England, to the people living in the mountainous interior of West Virginia where more than two feet of snow is expected to fall, this storm will be life threatening and when it comes to property, it is expected to produce a billion dollars in damages.
So all those who will be experiencing this storm are being strongly advised to take it seriously. Please stock up on necessities and realize that once the storm has passed, many people still will not have access to roads that could be blocked by flood waters, storm debris and dangerous downed electrical power lines. If you are anywhere within the range of the storms effects, please take a moment to review the important information below that you should at least consider.
First; as a political website, I would like to remind political activists of something that national sources do not typically call to the public’s attention.
If you have put up lawn signs for your favorite candidates, time permitting, please take them down before the storm hits. While your efforts are appreciated, in a storm like this, those good efforts could turn into a dangerous situation that could see the storm’s strong winds turn those signs turn in to dangerous projectiles. Furthermore, leaving these signs up during the storm will will do no one anyone good. Not only will they be destroyed and unreadable in the days immediately leading up to the election, they will only add to debris that will have to be cleaned up at the storm. That aside, please not all of the following;
Two keys to weather safety are to prepare for the risks and to act on those preparations when alerted by emergency officials. These are essential pieces to the Weather-Ready Nation.
Refer to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) ready.gov/hurricanes for comprehensive information on hurricane preparedness at home and in your community.
Highlights on how to prepare and take action are available below:
Know if you live in an evacuation area. Assess your risks and know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind. Understand National Weather Service forecast products and especially the meaning of NWS watches and warnings.
Contact your local National Weather Service office and local government/emergency management office. Find out what type of emergencies could occur and how you should respond.
Keep a list of contact information for reference.
- Local Emergency Management Office
- County Law Enforcement
- County Public Safety Fire/Rescue
- State, County and City/Town Government
- Local Hospitals
- Local Utilities
- Local American Red Cross
- Local TV Stations
- Local Radio Stations
- Your Property Insurance Agent
Online hazard and vulnerability assessment tools are available to gather information about your risks.
- Check your hazards risks with FEMA’s Map Portal.
- Rate your flood risk with the FloodSmart.gov portal.
Everyone needs to be prepared for the unexpected. Your friends and family may not be together when disaster strikes. How will you find each other? Will you know if your children or parents are safe? You may have to evacuate or be confined to your home. What will you do if water, gas, electricity or phone services are shut off?
Develop and document plans for your specific risks.
- Protect yourself and family with a Family Emergency Plan – [PDF] [Google Docs]
- Be sure to plan for locations away from home
- Business owners and site locations should create Workplace Plans
- Make sure schools and daycares have School Emergency Plans
- Pet owners should have plans to care for their animals. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention offer information on animal health impacts in evacuation shelters.
- Prepare your boat and be aware of marine safety if you are on or near the water.
Health & Environment
Follow guidelines to guard your community’s health and protect the environment during and after the storm.
- Review the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) health considerations before, during, and after a storm.
- Remember to follow the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) food and water safety guidelines during disasters.
- Review the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggestions for health and environmental safety in disaster preparedness.
- Review the FEMA Evacuation Guidelinesto allow for enough time to pack and inform friends and family if you need to leave your home. FOLLOW instructions issued by local officials. Leave immediately if ordered!
- Consider your protection options to decide whether to stay or evacuate your home if you are not ordered to evacuate. <!–
- Determine multiple safe evacuation routes inland.
- Keep copies of important papers such as identification and insurance policies with you.
When waiting out a storm be careful, the danger may not be over yet…
Be alert for:
- Tornadoes – they are often spawned by hurricanes.
- The calm “eye” of the storm – it may seem like the storm is over, but after the eye passes, the winds will change direction and quickly return to hurricane force.
- Wait until an area is declared safe before returning home.
- Remember that recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process.
- FEMA – Are You Ready? Guide
- National Weather Service Weather Safety
- Be a Force of Nature with NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation
- NWS Storm-Ready Sites & Communities
- Ready.gov Kids
- American Red Cross
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