October 25, 2012
PORTSMOUTH - Portsmouth emergency officials are urging residents to be prepared in case a large storm strikes the Seacoast early next week.
The latest information from the National Weather Service suggests Hurricane Sandy could hit New Hampshire by Tuesday, bringing heavy rain and wind. Although it is too early to accurately project the trajectory, timing and impact of the storm, emergency officials said it is not too early to plan, get prepared and stay informed.
Residents are encouraged to have an evacuation plan in place, including arrangements for pets if evacuation is necessary. Have a disaster kit ready, including a supply of nonperishable foods and water, along with a sufficient quantity of medications. Determine if your home is storm ready – clean out gutters, tie down or bring in outdoor furniture, prepare basements for flooding, etc. Monitor local weather forecasts for this developing situation.
Keep in mind that communications may be down for extended periods of time should widespread power outages occur.
Additional information on preparing for a hurricane or other severe weather can be found on the Portsmouth Health Department webpage: