Monitoring Hurricane Matthew as it potentially lines up its sights on our region, we are reminded that, “Time is a flat circle. Everything we have done or will do we will do over and over and over again—forever.”
We live on the East Coast of the United States, and we live directly on the water. Ergo, hurricane preparedness is something we should exercise. We’ve done this before, and we’ll do it again.
That said, it’s awfully early. The storm models are showing a variety of scenarios. Here is the latest map (2 p.m. Tuesday), putting Hoboken within the forecast cone for anticipated POSSIBLE impact on Sunday, October 9.
Even if we only get a glancing blow, recent history has proven that Hoboken can flood in the event of heavy rains.
If you were around for Sandy, you’ll recall that it really wasn’t all that enjoyable. So plan accordingly. This time of year, it’s a good idea to be prepared for anything.
That doesn’t necessarily mean you run to the store and decimate the bread and milk aisles. But you should have:
-Water (enough for 3 days—1 gallon per, day per person)
-Food (enough for 3 days)
-Medicine (prescriptions, pain relievers)
-Cash (your plastic won’t work in the event of power outages)
The Hoboken Office of Emergency Management continues to monitor forecasts for Hurricane Matthew and is ready to activate emergency plans if needed.
Residents are advised to monitor forecasts, prepare an emergency plan and kit, including for your pets (More information at www.hobokennj.gov/ready), and sign up for text alerts by texting 07030 to 888777.
Obviously we’ll have more on this story as it updates. So will everyone else, but we’ll try to dispense with the hyperbole and keep it specific to Hoboken.
Just be prepared for a week of Rust Cohle references…