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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has issued a release regarding Hurricane Joaquin:

Since being impacted by Hurricane Irene in August 2010, Union County has experienced a string of damaging weather events including Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Emergency experts recommend that every household and business be prepared to spend at least three days without power or access to local grocery stores and other services. That includes keeping a first-aid kit and a supply of non-perishable food and bottled water on hand. Flashlights and other emergency equipment should also be stored in an easily accessible area, and should be checked regularly to make sure they are working properly.

For vehicle owners, preparedness also includes responding to emergency guidance such as topping off gas tanks ahead of a storm and avoiding non-essential travel during recovery.

As part of their emergency preparedness measures, residents and businesses should also check their property and secure lightweight yard furniture, trash cans, toys, and other items that could create windblown hazards.

For tips and resources on emergency preparation in Union County, visit ucnj.org/prepare. Additional guidance on preparing for hurricanes is available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency at ready.gov. Also, residents can sign up for emergency alerts and county news online at ucfirstalert.org.

“When you receive an alert, follow up by tuning in to your local news reports. You can also bookmark the home page of the Union County website, ucnj.org, where information and updates will be posted,” said Freeholder Chair Mohamed Jalloh.

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