A personal plea
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
On Oct. 29, Gary Szatkowski, the
meteorological chief at the National Weather
Service office in Mt. Holly, N.J., issued this
personal plea to residents in his area:
- If you are being asked to evacuate a coastal location by state and
local officials, please do so.
- If you are reluctant to evacuate, and you know someone who rode out
the ‘62 storm on the barrier islands, ask them if they would do it
- If you are still reluctant, think about your loved ones, think about
the emergency responders who will be unable to reach you when you
make the panicked phone call to be rescued, think about the
rescue/recovery teams who will rescue you if you are injured or
recover your remains if you do not survive.
- Sandy is an extremely dangerous storm. There will be major property
damage, injuries are probably unavoidable, but the goal is zero
- If you think the storm is over-hyped and exaggerated, please err on
the side of caution. You can call me up on Friday (contact
information is at the end of this briefing) and yell at me all you
- I will listen to your concerns and comments, but I will tell you in
advance, I will be very happy that you are alive & well, no matter
how much you yell at me.
Thanks for listening.
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