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Family Preparedness: Hurricanes:
What To Do Now, Before a Hurricane or Tropical Storm Strikes

1. Take These Basic Steps

Related Info / Links
What To Do:
  Hurricane Main Page

Get ready for Hurricane Season: Prepare yourself and your family with the Three Steps on NJOEM’s Basic Preparedness page:

  1. Get a Kit” of emergency supplies - the items that will help you stay self-sufficient for up to three days, if needed.
  2. Make a Plan” for what you and your family will do during an emergency. Know how you will evacuate and how to shelter-in-place. Have a family communication plan in case you become separated.
  3. Stay Informed” of possible threats - especially during Hurricane Season. Click here to learn more: ReadyNJ - Staying Informed

2. Find Out If You Are In A High Risk Area

If you live on a barrier island, a coastal community, a flood-prone area or amobile home park, you are at much greater risk during hurricane or tropical storm events.

You will likely be the first to receive an evacuation order when these storms are approaching New Jersey. You should plan accordingly.

  • Barrier islands and coastal communities are extremely vulnerable to the storm surge - the dome of ocean water a hurricane or tropical storm pushes ahead of itself. The storm surge can devastate coastal areas as it sweeps ashore.
  • Flood-prone areas are extremely vulnerable due to the thunderstorms and torrential rains that accompany a hurricane or tropical storm.
  • Manufactured home parks, recreational vehicles and campground facilities are extremely vulnerable to the strong winds produced by a hurricane or tropical storm.

3. Know How You Will Get Information

Know which TV and radio stations provide local weather and emergency information. Find out if your community has reverse 9-1-1. Sign up for alerts that will be pushed to your cell and/or smart phone such as Nixle, NJAlert and CMAS messages. Follow NJOEM on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ReadyNJ and sign up for NJOEM Twitter alerts. Like NJOEM on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/READYNEWJERSEY.

Click here for more detailed advice go to our Staying Informed web page.

4. Know How You Will Evacuate Or Shelter-in-place

Local, county or State emergency management officials will notify your neighborhood through multiple communication channelsof the need to shelter-in-place or evacuate.

Remember: Your single greatest information source before, during and after an emergency will be your battery-powered radio.Social media will also provide on-the-go information and updates.

To learn more about what to do, follow these links:

5. Prepare Your Home or Business

Follow these links to secure your Home, your Mobile Home or your Business for Hurricane conditions.

6. High-Rise / Multi-Family Building Safety

If you live in a high-rise or multi-family building, click here for more information

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