August 31, 2009
Re: National Preparedness Month Kick-Off
On Tuesday September 1, 2009, National Preparedness Month kicks-off throughout the country. Over the next few weeks, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management will deliver several key emergency management initiatives and messages designed to help New Jersey residents empower themselves and their families in the event of a natural or manmade emergency.
As such, the League of Municipalities in conjunction with the NJ Office of Emergency Management are respectfully requesting your assistance in spreading the preparedness message. We start with the simple steps that New Jerseyians can do to prepare for the unforeseen as well as reduce stress and confusion during an actual emergency. The basics of preparedness for virtually all hazards are the same: Get a Kit, Make a Plan and Stay Informed. Following the appropriate steps and being ready “now” means that residents will be ready for any disaster or crisis that may affect New Jersey.
The following are some quick tips for emergency preparedness:
"GET A KIT" of Emergency Supplies
ITEMS FOR YOUR HOME
• Three days' supply of canned, non-perishable, ready-to-eat FOOD
• Three days' supply of WATER (a total of three gallons per family member)
• Battery-operated RADIO and extra batteries
FLASHLIGHT and extra batteries
• One week's prescription MEDICATIONS
• FIRST AID KIT
• Personal TOILETRIES
• Non-electric CAN OPENER and UTENSILS
SPECIAL NEEDS items:
- INFANT care items
- Items for ELDERLY family members
- Items for relatives with DISABILITIES
- CASH or TRAVELERS CHECKS
- Store important DOCUMENTS in a waterproof, safe location
IN CASE YOU NEED TO EVACUATE
- Keep a half-gallon of GAS at all times
- Every family member must carry CONTACT INFORMATION:
- All phone numbers at work, school, etc. for every family member
- The name and number of a relative who lives out-of-state, to call in case your family
- gets separated.
"MAKE A PLAN" for Yourself, Your Family or Your Business
• Meet with the members of your household or office
• Talk about the types of disasters that are most likely to happen in your area
• Take time to explain the dangers of emergency incidents to children
• Discuss why everyone needs to prepare for a disaster
• Address any special needs concerns in the event of an emergency
• Build an emergency contact phone list
• Make provisions for pets
• Remember to establish and share emergency incident responsibilities
• Emphasize that teamwork and staying calm are key
STEP THREE: "STAY INFORMED" of Possible Threats
It is important to know about the risks that may happen in your community, and to know whether an emergency is imminent or is already taking place.
Contact your local Office of Emergency Management and ask which Types of Emergencies are most likely in your area, and how to prepare for each. Learn about the warning signals that will be used in your community. Learn about the local radio and TV stations you should tune into for emergency alerts and official instructions. Learn about the disaster plans for your Workplace, your children's School or Day Care Center, and Other Places where your family spends time.
Keep track of Current Weather Forecasts and Alerts with:
Local radio and TV stations as well as via internet publications
NOAA Weather Radio - or listen online
NJOEM's Weather Links
For more information regarding emergency preparedness log on to:
http://www.ready.nj.gov or Follow NJOEM on Twitter @ njoem2009.
You can also contact Nicholas J. Morici, New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
Public Information Officer at (609) 963-6900 ext. 6209.
With your help and participation, the New Jersey Office of emergency Management is confident that it will achieve its preparedness and public awareness mission throughout the month of September and beyond.
Hon. Chuck Chiarello Hon. Timothy McDonough
Mayor, Buena Vista Township League President
Chair, League of Municipalities Mayor, Hope Township
Emergency Management Task Force