Who woulda thought that it would be probable to still be without power 11 days after a hurricane? Such is the case for more than 10,000 people in our own Hunterdon County. As of this morning, according to CNN, there were more than 390,000 homes without power throughout NJ.
The night temperatures are dropping below freezing. Not everyone has a generator or alternative way to heat their home. If you are without power and now at your wits’ end, there are safe places to stay warm, get some hot food – and be near your beloved pets (who will also be safe, warm and fed).
I’ve just spent the last couple of days helping out at the Hunterdon County Animal Response Team (C.A.R.T.) emergency shelter in Flemington, NJ. It’s set up in the county complex, just a few buildings away from the Red Cross shelter, so that people and animals can be safe and warm – and very nearby one another.
Each county in NJ (and each county in the U.S.) should have a C.A.R.T. Contact them to ask for help or to volunteer to give help.
Hunterdon County, NJ – call 908-788-1196 to reach the Hunterdon Office of Emergency Management. They will give you contact information about the nearest shelters for you and your animals.
For all counties in NJ, contact each county Office of Emergency Management. Here’s a list by county: http://www.nj.gov/njoem/about/association.html For quick reference, the Hunterdon County EOM’s phone number is 908-788-1196.