Hurricane Season’s Picking Up Off NJ’s Coast: Are We Prepared?
Weather reports have been showing a lot more storm activity lately compared to the start of hurricane season. It's not an outlandish question to ask ourselves whether or not South Jersey's ready if the worst should happen.
We all know how our region was when Sandy left her mark. Are we prepared to endure a storm of that magnitude again? You'd hope we could say 'yes', but is that actually true? Sources reported that NJ is actually more vulnerable than ever. You'd think that after enduring what we did eight years ago and change, we'd have learned from it, right? Wrong.
InsiderNJ.com reports that as a result of the rise in sea level and with development taking place in at-risk areas, New Jersey is actually setting itself up for disaster yet again. New Jersey Sierra Club's director, Jeff Tittel, says that New Jersey is warming at a super rapid rate. In fact, we're warming up faster than most states in the U.S. This means that we're more at risk for freak weather-related disasters like fires and flooding. Of course, flooding was rampant through a bunch of South Jersey municipalities once Sandy hit, however apparently not enough has been done since then to ensure those areas are more protected.
While there is evidence that shows New Jersey's not as protected as it could be against hurricanes and superstorms, we thought we'd ask where your confidence level lies. We posted the question on both the Cat Country Facebook page and the Joe and Jahna page to see whether or not you feel like South Jersey is prepared for what the next intense storm brings. Feel free to still comment your opinion.