Are you prepared for a disaster? Studies show that 85% of all Americans are not prepared for the disaster that is most likely to strike where they live. We've assembled some helpful links to help you prepare for a hurricane in New Jersey.
1. Make a plan.
Check out how to Make a Plan. Downloadable PDF plans for every situation. Pets, children, parents, commuters...there is a plan for every situation that you can customize to fit your own need.
2. Stay Informed.
Subscribe to the NJ State Police on Nixle Connect: http://local.nixle.com/new-jersey-state-police
Nixle is an application that allows verified government agencies to communicate with the public via text/SMS, email, and internet posts. This service is provided at no cost to the department, taxpayers, or residents. Unlike other social media applications, Nixle does not contain any third-party advertisements. New Jersey residents can register to receive messages by sending a text message with their zip code to 888777 (data rates may apply depending on your plan). Online registration is also available at: www.nixle.com.
CMAS (Community Mobile Alert System) is a nationwide system now being employed by the National Weather Service to transmit weather Warnings (but not Watches) to your cell phone. A warning means the hazard is imminent; a watch means conditions are favorable for the hazard to occur. Your cell phone must be WEA (Wireless Emergency Alert) enabled to receive these messages, so it depends on the make/model of the phone. There is an opt-out option, but we recommend that you do not opt-out of receiving these NWS messages. Read about WEA alerts here: Weather Ready Nation
NJ 2-1-1 - NJ Residents can dial 2-1-1, toll-free, for preparedness and disaster-related info 24/7 or www.nj211.org.
3. Assemble a Kit.
Download instructions for creating a Disaster Prep Kit Make sure you have a kit assembled before the disaster strikes. Replace expired items as needed. Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change. Once you have built your basic kit consider what unique need your family might have, such as supplies for pets or seniors.
For More Information: New Jersey Hurricane Preparedness
Video on how to assemble a kit: Assemble a Disaster Preparedness Kit