Office of Emergency Management
Safety and Preparedness

Preparedness is everyone's responsibility.Are you ready? 

Disasters can happen anywhere at any time. Being prepared and knowing what to do can greatly reduce the fear and anxiety that accompanies a disaster. Depending on the size and complexity of the disaster, local responders may not be able to reach you immediately. Remember that they still need to respond to day-to-day emergencies in addition to emergencies that are a result of the disaster. It may be necessary for you to be self-sufficient for three days or more.

Preparedness is everyone's job - not just government agencies, but all sectors of society. Each individual should plan ahead for disasters. Follow the links on the side menu to learn how to prepare and respond to disasters and emergencies. 

For hands on learning, consider signing up for Community Emergency Response Training. These classes are free and will help you and your family prepare.

Make A Plan - Communications, Household, Special Needs, Work, School

Creating plans for family communications, loved ones with special needs, household matters, financial documents and evacuation are all part of being well prepared. During an emergency, family members may not be together and a Family Communications Plan will assist people in contacting each other. Household Plans will assist your family in knowing how to prepare ahead of time and what to do during and immediately after an event.

Many businesses, schools and neighborhoods have taken steps to develop plans as well. Neighbors and co-workers often support each other during times of disaster, especially if first responders are unable to get to your area.

Easy to use forms and checklists are available at New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.

Power Loss Tips

Storms, fires and other emergencies may damage or disrupt electrical lines and systems, leaving you without power for up to several days. Electrical outages can impact persons with hearing impairments and others with special needs. This can be life threatening to someone who relies on power to sustain life-support equipment.

Empower your family by preparing your home for a potential loss of power by taking simple steps. Items to include in your emergency supply kit are:

  • Hand-crank flashlights not only provide immediate light but also will offer psychological comfort.
  • Light-sticks provide an excellent source of emergency light and do not require electricity or batteries to operate.
  • Emergency power supplies such as extra batteries for hearing aids, TDDs, wheelchairs or a generator for life-safety equipment are essential.
  • Hand-crank radios help you access emergency instructions and reliable information. Many hand-crank radios also contain a high-intensity light and cell phone charger.
Batteries for battery-operated radios and flashlights should be checked every six months.