Hurricane Safety: How to prepare for a hurricane or typhoon

What to Do Before a Hurricane

Advance Preparations

Before the Hurricane

  • Discuss your plans with family in the event a hurricane strikes.
  • Check local stations and television for announcements and advisories.
    EBTV (Comcast Channel 26 and Verizon FIOS Channels 37 & 38) will post announcements from the Library, Office of Emergency Management, the Mayor's Office, and other Township offices. It will also post advisories regarding street parking, flooding, power outages, school closings, etc. EBTV is also available online.
  • Make sure you have access to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Radio

What to Do During a Hurricane

  • Stay indoors.
  • If the power goes out, use flashlights, not candles.
  • Listen for current emergency information and instructions.
  • Avoid contact with floodwater because it could be contaminated.
  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately.

What to Do After a Hurricane

  • Pay attention to how you and your loved ones are experiencing and handling the stress.
  • Be careful during clean up. Wear protective clothing and work with someone else.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water - you will risk electric shock!
  • Avoid wading in floodwater - it can contain dangerous debris, or be electrically charged by downed power lines.
  • Document property damage with photographs. Contact your insurance company for assistance.

References:

The Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness: Tips from the American Red Cross to prepare for a hurricane. It also includes an American Red Cross Shelter Locator.

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management: Be Ready for Hurricane Season: A guide from the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management with advice and tips to prepare before, during, and after a hurricane.

Ready.gov: A website from the Department of Homeland Security whose goal is to prepare people to prepare for and mitigate emergencies.

Image of the eye of a hurricane