State Officials Advise NJ Residents To Prepare For Hurricane Season

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TRENTON – State officials are advising New Jersey residents and businesses to prepare for the Atlantic hurricane season, which begins on June 1 and continues through Nov. 30.

New Jersey State Police Superintendent Rick Fuentes added, “Though hurricane season may start on June 1 and end on Nov. 30, preparedness is a way of life. Preparedness requires learning from our experiences to increase our state of readiness each and every year. Our goal is to engage all citizens in the planning process to make sure we have disaster survivors, not disaster victims.”

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“Hurricane preparedness remains a key element in the state’s comprehensive homeland security and emergency preparedness plan,” said Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP) Director Charles B. McKenna. “Ensuring that New Jersey residents, businesses and local communities are ready to respond to and recover from any type of emergency, especially a hurricane, is a top priority for the Christie administration.”

McKenna and Fuentes said there are basic steps that residents, businesses, and workers across the state can take to increase their individual level of preparedness for a hurricane or any type of emergency event. These measures include:

  • Make an Emergency Go-Bag, which includes items such as, bottled water, a battery-powered radio, flashlights and extra batteries, non-perishable foods, and necessary prescription drugs. Remember to include extra cash in the event ATMs are not working.
  • Make a Family Emergency Plan, which will ensure your family members know where to go, whom to contact, and how to remain in contact should family members become separated during an emergency event. Remember to maintain at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle at all times.
  • Stay Informed, knowing information such as local evacuation routes, the location of nearby shelters, and other basic safety tips can help keep individuals withstand the first few hours of a hurricane or any other emergency.

More specific safety tips and additional information can be found at www.state.nj.us/njoem, which is operated by State OEM, or at www.ready.nj.gov.

McKenna said his office will continue to invest in federal and state resources that enhance the state’s preparedness, readiness, and resiliency. He also said OHSP will continue to work with public and private sector partners throughout New Jersey to ensure that the state’s critical infrastructure sites and key resources, the majority of which are owned and/or operated by the private sector, are ready to return to service as quickly as possible after any type of emergency.

“The private sector has been and will continue to be a strategic partner in nearly all of our homeland security and emergency preparedness initiatives,” McKenna said.


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