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April 8, 2008

Flood Prevention Resources



Dear Mayor:

April 2008, marks the one year anniversary of the severe flooding that damaged several communities throughout the Garden State.  In a proactive effort to prepare all New Jersey residents and communities for any potential 2008 flooding, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management would like to share the following flood preparedness tips with you and your constituents:

Before a Flood

  • Have a safety kit with drinking water, a first-aid kit, canned food, a radio, flashlight and blankets.
  • Know safe routes from home, work and school that are on higher ground.
  • Protect your property. Most homeowners insurance does not cover flooding. Make sure that your flood insurance policy is up to date.

During a Flood

  • If flooding occurs, go to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes etc.
  • Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
  • Roadbeds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. If your vehicle is suddenly caught in rising water, leave it immediately and seek higher ground.

After a Flood

  • Do not turn electricity back on in your home if you detect gas or if the electrical system has been flooded.
  • Clean and disinfect everything that was touched by floodwaters or mudflows, and throw out any affected foodstuffs.
  • Follow directions from local officials regarding the safety of drinking water.

Through teamwork, coordination, education and open communication we will better prepare our great state’s residents for any disaster.  For more information regarding flood preparedness, please feel free to contact my office or visit the NJOEM website at

Thank you for your time and cooperation regarding this matter.  For further information contact my office at (609) 963-6933.

Flood Fact Sheet - Hurricane Season 2008

Flood Fact Sheet - State Flood Risks 2008



Major Jerome Hatfield
Commanding Officer NJOEM
William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director, NJLM


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