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September is National Preparedness Month

Be ReadyIn recent years the East Coast Region has experienced unprecedented storms that have   affected our families, neighbors, homes and businesses.  It is essential that we all take some time to prepare properly for a catastrophic event, such as Hurricane Sandy.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that you develop a plan which will prepare you and your family during these times. 

The steps include;

1)   Be Informed   

a.       Join the Fort Lee Nixle Notification System. 

b.      Update your information on the Fort Lee SwiftReach Emergency Notification System at . 

c.       Check for emergency updates at . 

                                                        i.      See our Link Section for further Disaster Preparedness Links. 

d.      Follow Fort Lee Police on Twitter and Facebook. 

e.       Dial 211 or visit  for regional updates. 

f.       Visit FEMA at . 

g.      Visit the National Weather Service at .

2)      Make a Plan

a.       Develop a family communications plan.

                                                        i.      Have an out-of-state “family contact” that can be called by all family members.

                                                       ii.      Pick two places to meet if your family gets separated. One nearby and one at a distance.

                                                      iii.      Develop a family distribution list on e-mail and exchange information on the computer.

                                                     iv.      Develop a contact list for every family member, including work, school and cell phone numbers.

                                                      v.      Teach family members how to access important information during a disaster.

b.      Create a plan a shelter-in-place.

c.       Create a plan to get away.

d.      Know emergency plans school and work.

3)     Make a Kit of Emergency Supplies 

a.       One gallon per person per day, for drinking and sanitation. 

b.      At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. 

c.       Battery-powered radio and extra batteries. 

d.      Flashlight and extra batteries. 

e.       First Aid kit. 

f.       Whistle to signal for help.

g.      Filter mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air. 

h.      Moist towelettes for sanitation. 

i.        Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities. 

j.        Manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food). 

k.      Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place. 

l.        Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation. 

m.    Unique family needs, such as daily prescription medications, infant formula or diapers, and important family documents. 

n.      Cash or traveler’s checks. 

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