READY: FOLLOW THE “THREE STEPS TO SAFETY”
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is operated out of the Collingswood
There are also things you can do to prepare
for the unexpected and reduce the stress you may feel should an
For Collingswood residents, the basics of preparedness for virtually all
hazards are the same. Following these steps and being ready NOW means you will
be ready for virtually any disaster or crisis that may affect New Jersey.
Everyone should follow Steps One, Two and Three below. Get started
NOW, BEFORE a disaster takes place!
STEP ONE: "GET A KIT" of
ITEMS FOR YOUR HOME:
- Three days' supply of canned, non-perishable,
- Three days' supply of WATER (a total of three
gallons per family member)
- Battery-operated RADIO and extra batteries
and extra batteries
- One week's prescription MEDICATIONS
- FIRST AID KIT
- Personal TOILETRIES
- Non-electric CAN OPENER and UTENSILS
- SPECIAL NEEDS
- INFANT care items
- Items for ELDERLY family members
- Items for relatives with DISABILITIES
or TRAVELERS CHECKS
- Store important DOCUMENTS in a waterproof, safe
IN CASE YOU NEED TO EVACUATE:
- Keep your vehicle's gas level at a minimum of
- Every family member must carry CONTACT INFORMATION:
- All phone numbers at work, school, etc. for every
- The name and number of a relative who lives
out-of-state, to call in case your family gets separated.
STEP TWO: "MAKE A PLAN"
for Yourself, Your Family or Your Business
First, follow the easy-to-use instructions in “Your Family
Emergency Plan,” available here from the American Red
If you have Disabilities or other
If you Do Not Own a Car or Cannot
- Contact the fire department for details on the
evacuation plans for transit-dependent individuals.
- Make plans with a neighbor who does drive.
If you have Pets:
If you want to do more: Learn what
it means when Public Safety Officials order you to:
STEP THREE: "STAY
INFORMED" of Possible Threats
It is important to know about the
risks that may happen in your community, and to know whether an emergency is
imminent or is already taking place.
Contact the fire department.
- Ask which Types of Emergency are most likely in
your area, and how to prepare for each.
- Learn about the warning signals that will be
used in your community.
- Learn about the local radio and TV stations you
should tune into for emergency alerts and official instructions.
Learn about the disaster plans for
your Workplace, your children's School or Day Care Center, and Other
Places where your family spends time.
Keep track of Current Weather
Forecasts and Alerts with:
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