Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over warm ocean waters and move toward land. Potential threats from hurricanes include powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, tornadoes, and landslides. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. The Pacific hurricane season runs May 15 to November 30.
Are You Ready?
Plan Ahead! You can begin this process by gathering family members and making sure each person is well-informed on potential hazards and community plans. Discuss with them what you would do if family members are not home when a warning is issued.
Protect Your Business
View the “How-To” resources to learn how to prepare for various natural disasters.
Emergency Management Guide for Business & Industry
A step-by-step approach to emergency planning, response, and recovery for companies of all sizes.
If you aren’t sure whether your property or business is at risk from disasters caused by natural hazards, check with your local building official, city engineer, or planning and zoning administrator. They can tell you whether you are in an area where hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, wildfires, or tornadoes are likely to occur. Also, they usually can tell you how to protect yourself, your house, business, and property from the different hazards.
- Protect Business Records and Inventory
- Install a Generator for Emergency Power
- Anchor Large Equipment Properly
- Anchor Tall Bookcases and File Cabinets
- Anchor and Brace Propane Tanks and Gas Cylinders
- Bolt Sill Plates to Foundation
- Brace Cripple Walls
- Install Latches on Drawers and Cabinet Doors
- Mount Framed Pictures and Mirrors Securely
- Restrain Desktop Computers and Appliances
- Use Flexible Connections on Gas and Water Lines
- Dealing with Vegetation and Combustible Materials
- Replace Roofing with Fire-Resistant Materials
- Build With Flood Damage-Resistant Materials
- Dry Floodproof Your Building
- Add Waterproof Veneer to Exterior Walls
- Raise Electrical System Components
- Anchor Fuel Tanks
- Raise or Floodproof HVAC Equipment
- Install Sewer Backflow Valves
- Protect Wells From Contamination by Flooding
Caring for Animals
If you are asked to evacuate, you need to bring your pets with you. You need to start thinking today about where you will take your pets — ask a dependable friend or relative who lives some distance from the evacuation area if you and/or your pets can stay with them until the all clear is given. An alternative is to find a pet-friendly motel. You should have a portable pet carrier for each animal and identification with each animal. Bring copies of the pet’s licenses, leashes, water and food bowls, pet foods, bottled water, special medications and instructions for their administration, any special needs for your pet, blankets, handy wipes, paper towels and litter or bedding.
- Helpful Information for Pet Owners in Emergencies
- Helpful Information for Livestock Owners in Emergencies
- Bring Fido listing of pet-friendly hotels
- Additional pet-friendly hotel listings
- Emergency planning for pets
- Emergency planning for livestock
- New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
- Plan & Prepare – Your Kit / Your Plan
- Plan & Prepare – Emergency Planning for Your Pet
- Plan & Prepare – Resources & Links for Area Businesses
- Plan & Prepare – Resources and links For Individuals with Disabilities And Special Needs
- Plan & Prepare – For Schools & Day Care
Websites for Children and Families
- McGruff.Org This website provides puzzles, tips, and stories to help children to learn important safety lessons.
- NetSmartz Kids Learn how to be safe and have fun while surfing the World Wide Web. Lots of games, too!
- Sparky the Fire Dog Sparky is here to teach you and your family how to stop fires from happening. Learn about the different parts of a fire truck, print a Home Safety Checklist and play fun arcade games.
- ToxMystery Join “Toxie the Cat” and search his house for the possible dangers of chemical substances in a home.