April 6, 2010
Re: Family Preparedness for Floods and Flash Floods
In New Jersey and across America, Floods are among the most frequent natural hazards, and among the most devastating in terms of human hardship and economic loss.
The greatest risk occurs in known floodplains when prolonged rainfall over several days, intense rainfall over a short period of time, or an ice or debris jam causes a river or stream to overflow.
Melting snow can combine with rain in the winter and early spring; severe thunderstorms can bring heavy rain in the spring and summer; or tropical storms can bring intense rainfall in the summer and fall.
That’s why The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management has put together a webpage with information flood safety, flash floods, weather conditions that may lead to floods, and what residents should do if their home is damaged in a flood.
You can find their webpage, with several helpful links, at http://www.ready.nj.gov/plan/flood.html
If you have any questions, please contact the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management at 609-963-6900.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.