Most people have begun to return home now that Irene is over. If you are returning to your Hoboken, NJ home, you may want to keep these tips in mind:
Return home only after you are told that it is safe to do so.
Watch out for downed power lines â€“ stay away from them and report them to the authorities.
Use caution when entering your home.
Beware of animals driven to higher ground by flood water.
Open windows and doors to air out your home.
Do not use candles or other open flames â€“ use flashlights.
Inspect the utilities in your home for damage.
Let a friend or relative know that you have returned home.
Take pictures of damage and contact your insurance agent.
Find out how to receive recovery assistance â€“ check out the website for the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management for information on recovery assistance.
Parts of Hoboken, NJ were under a mandatory evacuation before Irene blew in. If you weren't as prepared for Irene as you thought you were, here are some tips for getting ready for a hurricane:
Get a kit of emergency supplies ready â€“ this includes ready-to-eat food, water (three gallons per day per family member), medications, flashlights, and a battery-operated radio. Go to the American Red Cross website for other items you may need or want to include.
Have an evacuation plan for your pets â€“ arrange with a friend or relative to take them if you need to evacuate.
Make sure all family members carry contact information in case you are separated.
Hopefully, we will not have to deal with another hurricane in Hoboken, NJ anytime soon. However, it's always best to be prepared.
About Eddie: Eddie Perez is a resident of Hoboken and works as a New Jersey licensed Broker â€“ REALTOR. His goal is to educate both buyers and sellers so that they can make the most of their bottom line while saving time and having fun during the process of buying or selling condominiums and brownstones in Hoboken and the surrounding metro communities including Jersey City and Weehawken, New Jersey. He has personally sold over 135 homes and is among the top-producing agents in Hudson County. You can email questions to eddie@InvestHoboken.com. To schedule an appointment to meet with Eddie, call him direct at 201.344.2886.