CONCORD, NH – As Hurricane Joaquin, a Category 4 storm, begins turning north toward the East Coast, Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) urges residents and visitors to prepare now for the possibility of Joaquin’s arrival early next week.


“There is a lot of uncertainty about Hurricane Joaquin,” said Perry Plummer, director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. “For that reason we strongly encourage New Hampshire residents and visitors to prepare now and to continue to monitor the storm’s status via news media and NH Alerts.”


Plummer asked everyone to stay informed, review family emergency plans, complete emergency contact cards and stock emergency kits so they can stay in their homes for up to three days without assistance. He also encouraged people to visit ReadyNH.gov to learn more about preparing their homes for a hurricane.


“Even if we don’t get a direct hit from the storm, there is still the potential for heavy rain and flooding,” Plummer said.


Detailed emergency preparedness information is available on ReadyNH.gov, the state’s emergency preparedness website.


State and local emergency management and public safety officials are making preparations to respond if Hurricane Joaquin strikes New Hampshire.

Follow NH HSEM on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NH_HSEM and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NH.HSEM. Also, sign up for NH Alerts and download the NH Alerts app to receive emergency information via your mobile and landline phones, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from NH HSEM. To learn more about NH Alerts and other preparedness tools, visit: www.readynh.gov.