Step 1: Get a Kit
Make a kit of emergency supplies
Items For Your Home:
- Three days’ supply of canned, non-perishable, ready-to-eat FOOD
- Three days’ supply of WATER (a total of three gallons per family member)
- Battery-operated RADIO and extra batteries
- FLASHLIGHT and extra batteries
- One week’s prescription MEDICATIONS
- FIRST AID KIT
- Personal TOILETRIES
- Non-electric CAN OPENER and UTENSILS
- SPECIAL NEEDS items:
- INFANT care items
- Items for ELDERLY family members
- Items for relatives with DISABILITIES
- CASH or TRAVELERS CHECKS
- Store important DOCUMENTS in a waterproof, safe location
In Case You Need To Evacuate:
- Keep your vehicle’s gas level at a minimum of half-a-tank.
- Every family member must carry CONTACT INFORMATION:
- All phone numbers at work, school, etc. for every family member
- The name and number of a relative who lives out-of-state, to call in case your family gets separated.
Step 2: Make a Plan
“Make a Plan” for Yourself, Your Family, or Your Business
Establish a predetermined meeting place away from your home. Having a pre-arranged place to meet can save time and minimize confusion should your home be affected or the area evacuated. This may even be the home of a friend or relative.
Choose an out-of-state contact your family members will call or email to check on each other, should a disaster occur. Make sure every family member has that person’s contact information.
Collect contact information for your family:
- phone (work, cell, office)
- social media
- medical facilities, doctors, service providers
- Complete a contact card for each family member. Everyone should keep these cards with them at all times.
- Make sure all your family members know how to text. Make sure everyone knows how to turn on a cell phone, find the text messaging app, type a message, and send it to a contact.
Find the safe spots in your home for each type of disaster. For example, during a tornado, you would need to seek shelter in a lower level room without windows.
PRACTICE. Review these plans with all members of your family. Practice your disaster plans by running drills with the whole family.
Learn how and when to turn off the water, gas, and electricity at the main shut-off locations.
Show each family member how to use a fire extinguisher, and show them where it’s kept.
If you have Disabilities or other Special Needs:
- More information for people with disabilities, older adults, caregivers and people with access and functional needs
- Register with Register Ready and document the assistance you might need during an evacuation or other emergency.
If you have Pets:
- Read these Preparedness Tips for Your Pet. Disaster shelters cannot accept pets other than ADA assistance animals. You must plan accordingly.
Learn what it means when Public Safety Officials order you to:
Visit the American Red Cross Make a Disaster Preparedness Plan web page for more information and in multiple languages.
Step 3: Stay Informed
It is important to know about the risks that may happen in your community, and to know whether an emergency is imminent or is already taking place.
Visit our Community Alerts page to learn about the different ways emergency officials provide information during times of emergency.
Homeland Security Alerts
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The latest WeatherWorks forecast regarding Tropical Storm Isaias.
* HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS STILL EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON *
THREAT TIME: THROUGH 7:00 PM TUESDAY
Rain and intermittent downpours over the region now will turn heavier again over the next few hours as Isaias approaches the
region. Rain from earlier this morning combined with continued rain this afternoon will lead to areas of poor drainage / roadway
flooding. Streams and rivers can also see some flooding in low lying spots. Wind will also be an issue with gusts increasing
midday and peaking in the afternoon near 50 mph. This can cause scattered downed trees and power lines, and we are still
concerned with winds a couple hours after the storm passes as winds switch to the west. In addition to the winds, conditions will
be favorable for a few tornadoes to develop in North Jersey this afternoon. Overall, the main period of concern today will be 1 - 5
PM with improving conditions thereafter. ...
3 days ago
UPDATE: I am declaring a STATEWIDE STATE OF EMERGENCY for Hurricane Isaias effective at 5:00 AM on Tuesday, August 4, 2020:
☑️Do not be on the roads unless absolutely necessary
☑️If you MUST drive, take it slow, use caution, and leave extra time to get to your destination
☑️All State offices will be CLOSED tomorrow
☑️Non-essential @NJGov personnel should NOT report to work for their normal shift
☑️Essential employees should report on schedule
☑️Visit 511nj.org for traffic updates and ready.nj.gov for additional info
☑️There is no travel ban at this time
☑️Take down ALL temporary structures, including outdoor dining tents and umbrellas
☑️Secure loose furniture and other objects
☑️Charge your devices
☑️Stay updated: New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
The State Emergency Operations Center will be open throughout the storm. Check back for more updates and stay tuned to your local weather to plan ahead.
For those living in Central and Southern New Jersey, stay updated at @NWS_MountHolly or by visiting www.weather.gov/phi/. For those living in Northern New Jersey, check for updates at @NWSNewYorkNY or by visiting www.weather.gov/okx/ ...