For Immediate Release
MAYS LANDING, N.J. - Atlantic City Electric - in
partnership with the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management and
assisted by the American Red Cross and Garden State Animal Resource Team - recently
held an Emergency Preparedness Conference in Avalon, N.J., to share important storm
preparedness messaging with the public in advance of hurricane season, which
runs June 1 through the end of November.
"It's very important that residents have
an emergency plan in place before a storm occurs. Now is the time to prepare,"
said Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric region president. "Residents should
also heed any warnings from their local emergency management officials and assemble
an emergency storm kit in the event of an extended power outage."
provided an overview of how Atlantic City Electric prepares for extreme weather
events and offered details on the company's restoration process and priorities.
He also cautioned that portable home electric generators should be properly
installed and operated to ensure safety.
can energize downed wires, and contact with a downed wire could be fatal if the
wire is energized. It's very important for residents to stay away from any
downed wires," Maione said.
Martin L. Pagliughi, director, Cape
May County Office of Emergency Management, discussed emergency response
initiatives including the role of critical support agencies and emergency
personnel, evacuation response efforts, emergency shelters and disaster
very important for residents to discuss and plan their course of action should
a major storm event or other emergency impact our region," said Pagliughi. "It's
not 'if' a storm will come, it's 'when' and we learned that lesson during Hurricane
Sandy. Having a plan in place for yourself, your family, your pets and your
property will help when the next storm arrives." Additional information is available at capemaycountyemergency.net.
Tim Settles, regional disaster officer, South
Jersey Region, American Red Cross, encouraged
residents to assemble an emergency storm "Go Kit" containing items including
important documents, medication, bottled water, non-perishable food, flashlight
and fresh batteries, emergency phone numbers, a blanket and cash.
"Having a plan can take away some of
the stress and anxiety in an emergency situation, especially in the event an
evacuation is required," he said. For more information, visit www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/plan.
Shari Silverman, president of the Garden State Animal Resource Team's (GSART)
Executive Board and founder of readypetsgo.com, provided information on GSART
initiatives and available resources to help keep you and your pet safe in the
event of a significant weather event or other disaster. "Get ready, get
your pets, then go," she said. "If you need to evacuate, have a plan in place
and be pet prepared." For more information about pet preparedness, visit www.readypetsgo.com.
City Electric Emergency preparedness tips for residents:
tips are available in Atlantic City Electric's "Storm Preparation Handbook" available
for download at atlanticcityelectric.com.
Visit atlanticcityelectric.com/mobileapp to download
the company's mobile app.
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