State officials are reminding the public about the vital importance of being prepared as New Jersey marks Hurricane Preparedness month and the peak of hurricane season. The risks from these powerful storms have increased as a result of climate change.
New Jersey State Police Superintendent and State Director of Emergency Management Patrick J. Callahan and New Jersey Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette shared several recommendations to be prepared for imminent weather emergencies which you can review below.
This coming October 22 will mark 10 years since New Jersey was hit by Hurricane Sandy. The category 3 hurricane brought wind speeds of 115mph, destructive flooding, billions of dollars worth of damage across the state, and caused more than 200 fatalities.
“We are so fortunate to live in a coastal state with many miles of beautiful beaches and rivers to enjoy,” said Commissioner LaTourette in a press release. “But we must not for a second believe that rebuilding beaches and building seawalls and levees will protect us from every eventuality that climate change can throw our way. Weather events are becoming more extreme and unpredictable. Every one of us must become smarter about the growing risks of climate change and take necessary actions to better protect ourselves and each other.”