Preparing for Tropical Storm Isaias

Post Date:08/03/2020 5:39 PM

Somerville, NJ -- Somerset County departments and emergency-response agencies are closely monitoring the progress of Tropical Storm Isaias and preparing for the potential of high winds and heavy rain. Residents are encouraged to prepare to weather the storm by building or updating a to-go kit, having a family emergency plan in place, and staying informed.

“I encourage everyone in Somerset County to take time to prepare for Tropical Storm Isaias, and the possibility that it could significantly impact our homes and neighborhoods,” said Freeholder Director Shanel Robinson. “Thanks to COVID-19 we’re all very experienced in sheltering at home, and unfortunately we may be required to continue our efforts thanks to this possibly major weather event.”

Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to arrive in Somerset County late this evening, with increasing intensity from midnight into Tuesday morning. The most severe aspects of the storm, including heavy rains and peak gusts of up to 50 mph, will hit on Tuesday afternoon. There is a significant possibility of flooding and power outages in the area.

“We don’t know the severity of Tropical Storm Isaias yet, and so we have to be prepared for the worst but hope for the best,” said Freeholder Brian Gallagher, Emergency Management liaison. “I have every confidence in Somerset County’s responders and our residents, and know we can weather this storm together.”

Somerset County’s activated its Emergency Operations Center on Monday morning for Tropical Storm Isaias. The OEC includes staff from throughout the county government, and coordinate Somerset County’s response to Tropical Storm Isaias with local, state, and national authorities.

“Somerset County’s response teams are some of the best in the state, and they are ready to respond to whatever Tropical Storm Isaias throws at us,” said Freeholder Melonie Marano, Public Works liaison. “But we residents need to do our part as well, and that means if an emergency is declared staying off the roads and protecting our families by sheltering in place.”

Residents are encouraged to be prepared to shelter in place for a minimum of three-days including gathering emergency supplies that include food and water, personal care items, an emergency kit, electronics and important documents. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, preparations should also include personal protective equipment, like masks, hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies. For households with pets, additional food and water should be included. is an excellent resource for building a to-go kit and preparing for a major storm.

Each member of a household should know and understand the hurricane plan. A proper plan includes knowing how to contact each other and reconnect if separated, including establishing a meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Households with pets should include preparations for them in a hurricane plan. Tips on preparing to weather an emergency with animals can be found at

In the event of flooding, residents should identify several places away from their neighborhood such as a family member’s or friend’s home in another town. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, public shelters may not be available and should only be considered as a last resort.

Follow communication channels and emergency alerts to stay informed. Residents can sign up to receive Somerset County emergency alerts by visiting: Other trusted sources include local municipal officials, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Preparedness ( and FEMA ( Outage maps and contact information for power utilities can be found at

Register Ready is New Jersey’s Special Needs Registry for Disasters and is a valuable resource that allows individuals with disabilities and others who have special needs to provide information so emergency responders can better plan to serve residents during a disaster. To register, visit: or call 2-1-1 for assistance.

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Somerset County Department of Health (SCDOH) is working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New Jersey State Department of Health, and other health partners in monitoring the evolving situation. Somerset County remains committed to providing accurate and timely information on this situation to our communities. Residents can call 908-231-7111 for a daily automated reading of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) case count in Somerset County, New Jersey.

The SCDOH is the lead county agency to coordinate public health disease response, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local hospitals, medical providers, and emergency medical services. To stay up-to-date on information, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for the most current information. More information and resources regarding the new coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found below.

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COVID-19 Cases Total Deaths
Somerset County* 8,631** 534
 New Jersey  337,304 15,164
United States 13,295,605 266,051

*All 21 municipalities

**Confirmed cases of COVID-19 from positive PCR test reports. PCR tests are considered confirmatory tests for COVID-19.

New Jersey case numbers/death totals are from the New Jersey Department of Health website. United States case numbers/death totals are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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