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Hurricane Preparedness Page 2015 

While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season is likely to be below normal, it's still best to be prepared.  Mayor Steven Fulop and the Office of Emergency Management are encouraging residents to register with the new Citywide Alert System,  Swift911 Emergency Notification Service. Should there be an emergency, residents will be instantly informed. Read more here.  

Read or Download now Rising ocean temperatures and changing global weather patterns have produced, as all Jersey City residents know after consecutive hits by 2011’s Hurricane Irene and 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, more hurricanes. While the Atlantic Basin hurricane season begins June 1st of every year, New Jersey is at risk mostly from October through the end of November.

Whatever the risk, it’s best to be prepared. Download the Hurricane Survival Guide for New Jersey for tips and lists here. 

Know Your Flood Zone

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has recently released updated flood mapping information relative to Coastal Analysis and Mapping. For flood zone information specific to your neighborhood, Jersey City residents should visit FEMA Region 2 Coastal Analysis & MappingAdditional information is available thru FloodSmart.gov

Things To Do Before The Storm Hits 

  • Fill-up at the gas station & stop by the banking machine – If power is out after the storm hits both ATMs & gas stations will be closed
  • Secure any outdoor furniture, planters, or play equipment which could become wind-borne hazards
  • If you do decide to leave town, do so EARLY. Don’t wait until the last minute 
  • Stock up on food which doesn’t require refrigeration. Try to stockpile enough for you and your family for three days. That includes infant formula and water as well
  • Stock up on pet food and litter
  • Pay attention to the news and the Municipal Website, the City’s Official Government Facebook Page,JC_Gov @ Twitter.com and the real-time up-dates from Swift911 Emergency Notification Services. 
 During both Hurrican Irene and Superstorm Sandy, bags and sand were provided for residents of Jersey City to help protect their property from flooding. Watch How To Sandbag Properly here  

Should sandbagging become necessary, residents should be sure to bring a SHOVEL, BUCKET, or some other CONTAINER FOR SCOOPING SAND into the provided bags. 

Keep Emergency Supplies & Valuable Papers In One Place, On Hand, & Ready To Go!

While it sounds a bit over-reactive and definitions will vary from household to household, this  is sound common sense, particularly if you’ve had to evacuate your home anytime over the last two years due to flooding.  Once again, download the State Handbook here or by clicking on the graphic for further tips or lists.

Items to include: 

  • Blankets & sleeping bags
  • Toiletries
  • Foods which don’t spoil or need refrigeration
  • Toys (if you have children)
  • Do the wash early & pack everyone a change of clothes
  • Pet supplies, including food, leash, and litter
  • Important Documents, such as identification, social security card,  insurance and health records, deeds, leases, passports, and wills
  • Cell Phones & extra batteries and chargers
  • A flashlight for each member of the family and extra batteries for all
  • Help elderly or infirm neighbors prepare and check on them

The above items will be needed both at a shelter or at home while you shelter in place without electricity. Important documents to will be needed to file for Federal Aid, if need be. 

If A Hurricane Hits: What To Do

If you’re told to evacuate – GO!

For those of you who can, stay with family or friends who are out of the flood zone. For those of you who can’t, check back here at the Municipal Website, OfficialGovernment Facebook Page or follow JC_GOV @ Twitter for a list of shelters, whether they are equipped for residents with special needs, or will accept residents with pets. Pick up points for transportation to those shelters will also be listed on the Municipal Website or Municipal Social Media.

If You Are Advised To Shelter in Place

Shelter in place only if you are out of the flood zone or your living space is located above expected storm surge levels. Most people shelter in place during a hurricane. Once again, download the State Handbook for further tips.

  • Fill up bathtubs, containers,and sinks with water before the hurricane hits
  • Stock up on gallons of water for drinking
  • Blankets & sleeping bags
  • Toiletries
  • Foods which don’t spoil or need refrigeration
  • Pet Supplies, including food and litter
  • Important Documents, such as identification, social security card,  insurance and health records, deeds, leases, passports and wills
  • Cell Phones & extra batteries and chargers. Use your land line as long as you can
  • A Flashlight for each member of the family and extra batteries
  • Layers of clothes will keep you warmer
Lend a hand to neighbors who are elderly, infirm, or who have special needs.

 If you or a family member or neighbor have special needs (e.g., wheelchair, oxygen, etc) download, fill out, and return the Special Needs Registration Form to the Office of Emergency Management:  Special Needs Registration Form


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