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National Preparedness Month Week Three / Hurricane Jose

(09/18/17) This week starts Week  Three of National Preparedness Month and the theme for this week is  “Practice and Build out your Plans” which you are asked to Complete an Emergency Financial First Aid kit (see this page for specific information https://www.ready.gov/financial-preparedness), maintain emergency savings to use in a case of emergency, participate in a drill and know how to access your communities emergency resources.

Hurricane Jose  Briefing –  The National Weather Service’s latest briefing has been posted earlier this morning and it is available from the link labeled “NWS Emergency Manager Briefing” on the left hand side of the Ready Page.    REMEMBER the briefing is for the entire NWS Office coverage area so please read it carefully. Remember you also have to consult the local weather forecast which will have specific information for our area. (click on left hand side link “NWS Weather for North Wildwood”)  Our area can expect significant beach erosion with high surf, windy conditions along the coast, and minor coastal flooding Monday night and Tuesday Morning and the possibility of moderate flooding Tuesday night. High tides are Monday at 7:31PM, Tuesday 8:00AM and 8:17PM. Rainfall could total between 1 and two inches from Monday thru Wednesday with the heaviest Tuesday Afternoon through the evening hours. NWOEM is monitoring the tide heights and will send out Code Red messages and activate the flood sirens accordingly.


National Preparedness Month - Week Two - Plan to Help Your Neighbors and Community

(09/11/17)  Week Two theme of National Preparedness Month is “Plan to Help Your Neighbors and Community”.    Where can we start – in a community where the median age is 55.6 years old it is likely that you have a senior citizen living alone on your block.  Reach out to that neighbor and discuss planning with him or her.   You may want offer to assist him or her in the event of a storm.  Assistance could be helping the neighbor move their car to high ground and bring them back to their house or help move their trash cans, lawn furniture to a safe location.   If you are going to the store offer to pick up something for them or take the neighbor with you.   During the storm keep in contact with your neighbor.   Next plan to help your Community – the first way to help your community  is simple – PLAN – if you plan and can take care of yourself you will not need the limited emergency services to help you.   The second way to help your Community is to heed the warnings and follow the instructions given to the public.  Lastly – an effective way to help your community is to VOLUNTEER – become a Volunteer Firefighter or a CERT team member.  You will be provided with the necessary training.   There are many volunteer positions that are needed during a prolong event  from outside storm duty, t0 radio operators, shelter workers, and clerical workers.   Remember before you can help your neighbors or community you must help yourself by creating your personal plan.

Unrelated note – those that periodically check the North Wildwood Weather Station take note that the link on the left hand side of this page (ready.northwildwood.com) has changed and it now opens up to a different display.  The same information is displayed and is self refreshing every 30 seconds.    If you bookmarked the page and went to it directly the old link no longer works and you will have to bookmark the new page.

 


September is National Preparedness Month - Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends

(09/01/17) September is National Preparedness Month and the this week’s topic is Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends.     Because in times of urgency there are many distractions without a plan you end up in crisis management where you tend to handle the first thing in front of you rather than do what you need to in order to work toward long term survival.    A plan does not have to be in so much detail it tells you exactly what to do and when.  Rather it should be flexible so that it can be used during different emergency situations.    To make your plan first go to the ready.northwildwood,com website and at the bottom of the left hand column click on the NWOEM Brochure link.   It will download a copy of the North Wildwood OEM brochure.     A major portion of the brochure is dedicated to Plan and prepare.   Next get a pad of paper and start putting your plan on paper.    A plan doesn’t have to be a  lot of pages it can simply be a one page check list of things to do.   Revisit it often and update it accordingly as you think of new additions.   When you are satisfied with your plan then set aside a day to try your plan – do everything on your plan and see what works and what needs improvement.    Remember as life is always changing your plan will not be perfect so don’t try to tweak it too much.   Lastly get into habits that coincide with your plan, e.g. always keep medications in one location, or keeping extra water and can goods in the pantry,  and keeping your storm clothes readily accessible.    Once you have your plan completed talk to your neighbors about having a plan and help them work on their plans.


Watch for Rip Tides . . .

(08/16/17) With the passing of Hurricane GERT off our coast we are experiencing rip currents on the beach that are dangerous.    Pay attention to the instructions of the lifeguards and do not enter the water after they have left for the day.  Rip Current are very dangerous and can knock you off your feet and carry you out to sea.


Heavy Rain coming . . .

(07-27-17) The National Weather Service has put out late yesterday a briefing for this weekends storm. They are calling for Heavy Rains, High Winds and small Hail for mainly Friday.  For a complete copy of the these briefings (when posted by the NWS) they are available via the link called NWS Emergency Manager Briefings on the Ready.northwildwood.com website. Concerns with heavy rain are street flooding during high tide when it takes longer for water to drain. High tides are Thursday 11:58AM, Friday 12:09AM and 12:50PM, and Saturday 12:59AM and 1:53PM. Tide prediction charts are also available on the Ready.NorthWildwood,com website.


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July 1, 2014 

As we are already a month into  the new hurricane season and our first tropical storm has been named it is time to check our emergency plans and preparation.   We urge everyone to visit the links on the left hand side of this page.   They are links listed under BE PREPARED.    Preparation is not hard and while most  preparation needs will be the same for everyone each person will have to come up with his or her own plan.    By visiting the suggested websites and tailoring the information to your specific situation you can check your plans and ultimately will be better prepared. 

Also today due to the many requests to be added to the flood notification list we have expanded the flood notification to all residents west of New York Avenue from Spruce to 26th Avenues.     Phones in these areas will be called and a recorded message will played.   There are two messages that can be sent one known as the initial call sent when it appears that flooding will take place and one sent when the siren has been sounded.     These phone calls are sent via the CODE RED Community Alert System.  Read below to how to add your cell or other phone numbers.    REMEMBER this system is used city wide for other notifications so if you are not in the flood prone area you still should visit the CODE RED website and add your alternate phone numbers. 

Currently the Code Red Community Alert System will dial every Verizon and Comcast Phone in North Wildwood.   However with many people relying on Cellular phones the system will enable you to add phones to your address.   Remember this system is based on North Wildwood addresses so when you sign up you need to attach your out of town phone to your North Wildwood address.    Being addressed based the city will be using the system to alert those in flood prone areas of flood warnings, those on the snow emergency routes to move their cars and on occasion when there is a natural gas leak or police emergency a circular area around the incident will be notified.   Those of you visiting this page can follow this link to get a head start on signing up your “other” phones (Click on the CODE RED LOGO)

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On the Code Red website you will be asked if you want to add your email address or receive text messages.   We have the ability to duplicate the contents of the voice message into an email and truncated text message.    As this will only be used in an emergency why not add all your contact preferences and methods so you can keep informed.    Also those with “smart” phones will have the capability to download the Code Red App. 

At the  North Wildwood Office of Emergency Management we feel our central job is to keep communications when the normal systems are failing.   Therefore we don’t put one form of communication above another.   At times some may seem simplistic in these times of technology however when normal systems fail we will fall back on them.   That  is why we depend on a fire siren,  AM radio and telephone as basic methods of notification.   We will be using North Wildwood’s AM1640 as the method of communication that can put the most information out.   Please get your self a good AM radio.   Remember when there are no emergencies AM 1640 broadcasts special event information – ever wondered what time the free concert starts and who is playing? it is on AM 1640;  want to know what the start and end times of the festival in the entertainment district?  it’s on AM 1640 as well as the upcoming events for the next several weeks.