Freehold Township and Freehold Borough officials are asking residents to take necessary precautions for Hurricane Sandy.
Freehold Borough Administrator Joe Bellina is asking residents to hold off on bringing brush and tree limbs to the street until the storm has passed. According to Bellina, brush and limbs on the street can block storm drains and cause flooding. Crews will be going around this weekend clearing out basins.
A hurricane preparedness pamphlet can be read on Freehold Borough’s website.
Both towns offer residents and business owners a way to stay connected with important updates and alerts through the Area Notification System. The free service, allows residents and business owners to receive alerts on their cell phone, work phone, home phone, as an email and even as a text message. When signing up for the service, residents can choose which locations they would like to be alerted about as long as the areas are in Freehold Township, Freehold Borough or Upper Freehold Township.
Earlier today an alert was issued asking residents to begin securing outdoor items to prevent damage. The alert also suggested that residents take a survey of their family emergency kits to ensure they have enough water, food, flashlights, batteries, etc. as may be required in the event of prolonged power outages.
The alert read, “High winds and heavy rains are forecasted for Monday and could have a major impact on the area. Residents should be prepared to be without power for several days.”
Learn more about the Area Notification System here.