TRENTON, NJ – As the state marks Hurricane Preparedness Month, held annually in September, and the peak of hurricane season, New Jersey State Police Superintendent and Chief of State Emergency Management Col. Patrick J. Callahan and New Jersey Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette remind the public of the vital importance of preparing for increasing risks linked to these powerful storms due to climate change.
“As we approach the 10th anniversary of Super Hurricane Sandy and hurricane season begins, it’s important to remember that preparedness is everyone’s responsibility, including those with special needs,” Callahan said. “Please take time with your family and loved ones to assess your current preparedness plans, whether you need to shelter in place or evacuate. You can start by putting together an emergency kit, preparing a family bag and creating a crisis communication plan. Now is the time to prepare. »
“We are so lucky to live in a coastal state with many miles of beautiful beaches and rivers to enjoy,” LaTourette said. “But we must not believe for a second that rebuilding beaches and building seawalls and dykes will shield us from all eventualities that climate change may throw at us. Weather events are becoming more extreme and unpredictable. Each of us must become smarter about the growing risks of climate change and take the necessary steps to better protect ourselves and each other.
To be better prepared for impending weather emergencies, the state OEM recommends the following: Sign up for emergency alerts on nj.gov/njoem; register as needed on the New Jersey Disaster Special Needs Registry; prepare an emergency kit, including at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water, prescription medication for up to two weeks if available, baby supplies, pet supplies, any additional items for special medical needs, such as an extra pair of glasses and batteries for hearing aids, important phone numbers and car cell phone chargers; using advice from nj.gov/plan-prepare/your-kit-plan.shtml, make a family go-bag in the event of an evacuation order; and make an emergency plan.
To better prepare for increased risks from climate change, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection recommends that residents purchase flood insurance; understand their flood risk; consider a buyout if a home suffers repeated and severe flood damage; and get “DEP Weather Ready” as shown at tinyurl.com/4777243t.
Resilience planning and disaster preparedness are more effective when the whole community is involved. Resilient NJ is DEP’s flagship resilience planning program and regularly provides funding opportunities for regions and municipalities to receive technical assistance in resilience planning for the benefit of the entire community.
“For homeowners, the first steps toward resilience are learning about Resilient NJ, contacting local authorities to learn about their municipality’s climate resilience planning efforts, and taking the time to see what resources can help. be available to them,” the New Jersey climate resilience officer said. says Nicolas Angarone. “The real keys to resilience are preparation and education.”