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Emergency Preparedness

The appropriate emergency response depends upon responsible emergency preparation. There are some emergency preparation activities that you and your family can do to prepare for any kind of emergency. 

  • Build an emergency kit. Your kit should include items that will help you stay self-sufficient for up to three days if needed such as canned food, bottled water, a first-aid kit, a battery-operated flashlight and radio, a blanket, and a manual can opener.
  • Develop an emergency plan. Your plan should include evacuation plans that include all family members and pets, a place to reunite with loved ones, and an out-of-state contact person.
  • Locate important documents and information. This may include making and keeping important information in a safe place. This may include medical and financial information. 
  • Register for Smart911. This free service provides 9-1-1 operators with critical information from your safety profile that can help them assist you faster in an emergency.
  • Stay in the know. The state has many channels of communication. Find out how to stay informed.  You can also sign up for alerts from your county OEM office. 

Depending on your situation, you and your family may need special considerations for individuals with disabilities, seniors, children, and pets. Visit our Emergency Preparation for Special Populations page. 

Learn more about specific emergencies and how to prepare and recover. Learn more information about:

National Emergency Management

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)provides assistance during times of disaster as well as educating people on emergency preparedness. FEMA also teaches people how they can get involved in their local community's response efforts.

New Jersey Emergency Management

The NJ Office of Emergency Management is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating emergency operations within the state which is beyond local control. The office works closely with the government, law enforcement, the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector to help people plan for, respond to, and recover from emergency events of every description. Find your County Office of Emergency Management.

New Jersey Homeland Security

The NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJ OHSP) is responsible for the administration, coordination, and supervision of New Jersey's counterterrorism and preparedness efforts. The NJ OHSP works closely with government, law enforcement, emergency management, non-profit, and the private sector to do all that it can to protect the people of New Jersey from harm. You can Report Suspicious Activity online, by emailing, or by calling 866-472-3365.

Contact and Locate Loved Ones

After a disaster, list yourself as safe and well on the American Red Cross Contact and Locate Loved Ones program. Family and friends can search for their loved one who has been impacted by a disaster. This website allows people to tell their family and friends that they are safe and well. This service is available in English and Spanish.

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