2016 News Release

Colonel Rick Fuentes
Superintendent, New Jersey State Police
State Director of Emergency Management
Major David Brady
Commanding Officer
NJSP Emergency Management Section

September 30, 2016
Office of Public Affairs (609) 882-2000 Ext. 6514

September is National Preparedness Month

West Trenton, NJ – September's National Preparedness Month theme of "Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today." returns this year. As New Jersey most recently experienced the threat of Tropical Storm Hermine it is a reminder that Hurricane Season is in full swing." The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) is reminding New Jersey residents that the time to prepare is now.

New Jersey State Police Superintendent and State Director of Emergency Management Colonel Rick Fuentes stressed the importance of connecting the public with reliable information sources to further assist them in their individual preparedness plans. "New Jersey continues to experience a variety of incidents, most recently Winter Storm Jonas and SuperstormSandy. These events have taught us that awareness and preparedness save lives. We encourage everyone to prepare today. Make time with your family to build a kit and create a communication plan. Tune in, log-on, opt-in, 'like' or 'follow' state, county, local and federal agencies for credible disaster-related information such as alerts and warnings, situational awareness updates, and where to find help. Personal connections matter, too. After you've completed your household preparedness activities, lend a hand to someone who may need assistance, or join the 27,000 New Jerseyans who have completed Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training."

A list of New Jersey’s County Offices of Emergency Management, with social media and local alert systems links, can be found on the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management Website: ready.nj.gov.

NJOEM also recommends specific emergency preparedness actions:

Make an emergency kit: Emergency kits will allow individuals and families to survive several days without access to food, water or electricity. Emergency kits should include at least a three to five day supply of non-perishable food and water, prescription medications for up to two weeks if available, baby supplies and any additional items for special medical needs such as an extra pair of eye glasses and batteries for hearing aids. Your kit should also include important phone numbers for doctors as well as car cell-phone chargers. For information on how to put a family emergency kit together, visit ready.nj.gov

Make an emergency plan. Make plans with family and friends in case you're not together when any type of emergency – natural, technological or man-made - occurs. Discuss how you will contact each other, where you will meet and what you will do in different situations. Become familiar with your town's evacuation routes. For information on how to put a family emergency plan together, visit ready.nj.gov

When your family plan and kit are complete, consider taking it to next level by attending Community Emergency Response Team training. Information about CERT training can be found on the NJOEM website: http://ready.nj.gov/citizen/cert.html

Stay informed: NJOEM recommends the following ways to stay informed about emergencies:

On the Web – Use credible websites to get information about natural hazards and emergency preparedness. The NJOEM works closely with the National Weather Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency regarding forecasts and other important disaster news.

Social Media - Social media and other advanced communications technologies are used by NJOEM and by emergency managers statewide.

Alerts - Mobile / Text (SMS) & E-Mail

  • NIXLE - Subscribe to the NJ State Police (NJSP) on Nixle Connect at http://local.nixle.com/new-jersey-state-police/. 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 -the Community Mobile Alert System - this nationwide system is now being used the National Weather Service to transmit urgent weather info 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.
  • NOAA Weather Radio - - is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service Office. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. NOAA Weather Radios are typically inexpensive, readily available in stores and can often be programmed for your specific area. http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/

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To stay informed about disasters and emergencies in New Jersey via social media, follow the NJOEM on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram or get email and text message alerts via www.Nixle.com.