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May 23, 2013

RE: 2013 NATIONAL HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK: PLEDGE TO PREPARE

Dear Mayor:

As we all know, New Jersey is stronger than any storm. But as we also know, that does not mean we can let our guard down.

National Hurricane Preparedness Week will take place May 26th through June 1 to highlight the importance of planning ahead to protect our families and communities should a storm strike our region.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked us to ask you to let your residents know all about it.

FEMA invites all to take the pledge to prepare by taking the following steps:

Know your risk: Understand how hurricanes can affect you, your family, and your community. When you understand your risk, you know how important it is to prepare. Check the weather forecast regularly and sign up for local alerts from emergency management officials. Consider buying a NOAA Weather Radio.

Take action: Pledge to develop an emergency plan and practice how and where you will evacuate if instructed to do so by emergency management officials. Post your plan in your home where visitors can see it. Learn how to strengthen your home and business against hurricanes. You can access important safety tips on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane by downloading FEMA’s mobile app from www.fema.gov. Be sure you understand the National Hurricane Center warning and alerts.

Set an Example: Once you have pledged and taken action, set an example by talking to your family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors on what you have done to prepare for a potential storm and what steps they can take as well.

Information on the different types of severe weather such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flooding is available at www.weather.gov and www.ready.gov/hurricanes and on the Spanish language website www.listo.gov

For more information on New Jersey’s disaster recovery, visit www.fema.gov/SandyNJ, www.twitter.com/FEMASandy, www.facebook.com/FEMASandy, or www.fema.gov/blog

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

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