ARE YOU READY?
How should you handle an emergency? Expect the unexpected and “be prepared, not scared.” The Montgomery Township Office of Emergency Management encourages our residents to begin planning for emergencies now and throughout the year – since pre-planning can help ease the impact of a crisis when one arises.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately half of U.S. adults do not have resources and plans in place if an emergency arises. Experts recommend that you should develop a family-communication plan and prepare an emergency supply kit before a crisis occurs to help make it less stressful.
The following are recommended steps for residents:
- Gather emergency supplies that should include at minimum a three-day supply of food and water, health supplies, personal care items, safety supplies, electronics and important documents. Make sure the kit is readily accessible.
- Create a plan for contacting loved ones that can be used in different emergencies.
- Plan for sheltering (staying at home), and learn all evacuation routes in case you have to leave your home.
- Stay informed by signing up for local emergency alerts and tuning into reliable news sources.
Montgomery maintains a list of helpful Emergency Information Channels you can review at:
Register Ready is New Jersey’s Special Needs Registry for Disasters and is a valuable resource that allows individuals with disabilities and others who have special needs to provide information so that emergency responders can better plan to serve residents during a disaster. To register, visit: registerready.nj.gov or call 2-1-1 for assistance.
SPECIAL NEEDS DATABASE
Montgomery Twp. Police have established a Special Needs Emergency Database so that dispatchers and first responders can be aware of those who have special needs during an emergency. Please register at: https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/special-needs-form/
For free Somerset County emergency alerts via email or text, sign up at www.co.somerset.nj.us/alerts.
For free Montgomery Twp. emergency alerts via email or text, sign up for Nixle at: https://local.nixle.com/montgomery-police/