CONCORD–(ENEWSPF)–August 25, 2011. Governor John Lynch today met with state emergency management officials and agency heads to ensure New Hampshire is doing all it can to prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irene this weekend.
Governor Lynch and state officials are also closely coordinating with local emergency officials to ensure the state’s preparedness for the impending storm. The Governor has directed the state Emergency Operations Center to be opened.
“While the exact path and severity of the storm remain uncertain, it is clear New Hampshire will experience a significant weather event this weekend and I urge everyone to be prepared,” Governor Lynch said. “It is important that all New Hampshire citizens and visitors monitor the situation closely and make necessary preparations.”
State emergency management officials recommended the following hurricane precautions be taken by all New Hampshire residents and visitors:
- Hurricanes can be unpredictable in terms of their exact pathway, wind strength and rainfall. The public should monitor weather information from the National Weather Service, radio and TV broadcasts and Internet sources.
- Loose objects in your yard, such as toys and lawn furniture, should be secured.
- As with all major natural events, ensure there is three days supply of water, non-perishable food and other supplies in your home.
- Prepare for power outages by ensuring working flashlights and fresh batteries, and a battery powered radio. If you have a generator, ensure that it is professionally installed and can be operated without causing a health hazard. Please report outages to your electric utility.
- Follow the direction of your local emergency officials.
For more information regarding the approaching hurricane and what steps should be taken in advance of the storm, please go to www.readynh.nh.gov.