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Emergency Preparation
Hurricane Season in New Jersey lasts from June through November, and it is
important to be prepared ahead of time. If a storm is coming, be sure to pay
attention to weather forecasts and listen for official instructions, including
evacuation orders. If you need assistance, call 911 for immediate help. Follow
these plans to be ready for an emergency:

• Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit 
• Listen for instructions via local TV, radio stations, reverse 911, social media and email.
• Create a Personal Action Plan for your family
• Create an Evacuation Plan, finding the quickest, safest route to your
planned location and maintaining ½ tank of gas in your car

• Immediately take action recommended by emergency services
• Tune in to local radio or TV stations for updated information

• Keep your identification handy
• Contact local police or fire department to see if it’s safe to return

If you can remain at home during an emergency, take the following precautions:
• Secure all windows and doors with plywood
• Keep updated by listening to advisory reports
• Keep an Emergency Supply Kit on hand
• Withdraw money beforehand in case ATM machines are unavailable

While You Are Waiting To Receive Official Instructions
If a Hurricane or Tropical Storm is approaching but you have not received official instructions to Shelter-in-Place or Evacuate, take the following steps:

  • Go over your Emergency Supply Kit and Family Disaster Plan
  • Be prepared to Evacuate
  • Prepare your home
  • Know how to Shelter-in-Place
  • Continue to monitor local TV and radio stations for weather information.
  • Stay inside and away from windows.
  • Keep your flashlights handy in case the power goes out.
  • If power goes out, turn off all major appliances to avoid power surge damage when electricity returns.
  • Be prepared to evacuate immediately if orders are issued for your neighborhood.
  • Care for Your Pet
  • Prepare an emergency kit for your pet, including emergency numbers
  • Create a plan for evacuating or housing your pet elsewhere

For more preparedness tips, visit the website of the Office of Emergency Management at

Hurricane Survival Guide
National Weather Service
State of NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness

221 S. Fifth Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
Ph: (732) 572-3400