While Hurricane Joaquin's path is still uncertain, there's no need to panic here at the Jersey Shore.


The best thing you can do is be smart, keep an eye on Meteorologist Dan Zarrow's storm updates, and be prepared for the worst case scenario, while hoping for the best.

Here's some items you should have before the weekend:

  • batteries
  • flashlights
  • candles
  • matches
  • non-perishable foods that can be eaten cold (peanut butter, crackers, trail mix, cereal, canned tuna, sports drinks)
  • a manual (non-electric) can opener
  • bottled water (1 gallon of water per person can get you through 3 days)
  • hand-crank or battery-operated radio (tuned to 105.7 The Hawk, of course)
  • RadioPup for your smartphone or tablet (so you can listen to the Hawk online)
  • A portable (or car) phone charger (I use my Halo all the time, storm or not!)
  • blankets/sleeping bags
  • A full week supply of any medications you and your family take
  • First aid kit
  • Duct tape
  • Baby wipes
  • Paper towels

You should also make sure you and your family are ready to evacuate *just in case* emergency officials in your area ask you to leave.

  • Fill your gas tank.
  • Have cash on you.
  • Keep any important valuables and/or papers in one place where you can grab it and go.
  • Have an emergency bag packed with clothes/medications for at least few days.
  • Make a plan for communicating with family members in an emergency, and discuss a meeting place in a safer area.

The best thing to have with you? A level head. Be smart, and stay safe!