Plan & Prepare
Family Preparedness: Hurricanes:
What To Do Now, Before a Hurricane or Tropical Storm Strikes
1. Take These Basic Steps
Get ready for Hurricane Season: prepare yourself and your family with
the Three Steps on NJOEM’s Basic
- “Get a Kit” of emergency supplies – the
items that will help you stay self-sufficient for up to three days,
- “Make a Plan” for what you and your family
will do during an emergency – this includes knowing how to
Evacuate and how to Shelter-in-Place.
- “Stay Informed” of possible threats – especially
during Hurricane Season.
2. Find Out If You Are In A High Risk Area
If you New Jersey resident on a Barrier Island, a Coastal
Community, a Flood-Prone Area or a Mobile Home Park,
you are at much greater risk during Hurricane or Tropical Storm
In all likelihood you will 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 Evacuate Or Shelter-in-place
How will you know it is time to Shelter-in-Place or Evacuate?
Your local, county or State emergency management officials will notify
your neighborhood of the need to Shelter-in-Place or Evacuate.
They will do this via Emergency Alert System messages on local radio
and TV. They may also alert entire areas via community notification
systems such as “Reverse 911,” which sends messages
to home telephones. Officials may even travel with bullhorns in certain
Remember: Your single greatest information source before, during and
after an emergency will be your battery-powered radio.
Follow these links:
- How to Evacuate:
What it means; What you will Need
4. Prepare Your Home Or Business
Follow these links to secure your Home,
Home or your Business for
5. High-rise Safety
If you live in a High-Rise Building , prepare to follow these
from the Federal website, www.ready.gov.