North Wildwood’s Emergency Preparedness website
(May 25th, 2017) Next Thursday June 1st starts the beginning of the Atlantic Hurricane Season which lasts through November 30th, 2017. With that today NOAA issued their predictions for this years hurricane season and they are predicting an above normal season with 11 to 17 named storms due in part to a weak or non-existent El Nino. You can read the entire press release by following this link http://www.noaa.gov/…/above-normal-atlantic-hurricane-seaso… ,
What should we do as residents living at the Jersey Shore. The first thing to do is visit the hurricane preparedness links on the Ready.northwildwood.com website. After learning what you need to do then conduct what we call a gap analysis by making a list what you already have in place and then comparing them to what is suggested and find the differences. Next you work towards filling the gap between where you are and where you should be. This doesn’t have be a burdensome task if you plan it properly. First do the things which need no funding – for example, making lists for evacuation, family notifications, or what to move from harms way. Then as funds come available build up food and water stocks or perhaps purchase boots or foul weather gear.
Lastly, everyone should look back at previous storms and their effect on their properties and do what we call damage mitigation, which is basically fixing or modifying something to reduce additional damages. A major example of mitigation is raising your house above flood levels however not everyone can afford that or needs to do that. The mitigation I am referring to is for example building shelves to raise everything on your garage floor above the flood level so you don’t have to raise items every time a flood is predicted or having rope to tie down your lawn furniture or trash cans that you can’t put inside so they don’t blow around and break windows or damage your house. Look back at what you fixed or cleaned up after the last major event and explore what you can do to limit the damages to your property in the future.
Those that follow these updates on the Ready website and the OEM Facebook page know how important it is to have a NOAA Weather Radio. With a weather radio you receive directly from the National Weather Service the alerts for Tornadoes, Severe Thunderstorms and Flash Flooding. The only downside of a weather radio is you have to have one and be within earshot of it to hear the alerts. In an effort to give all residents the opportunity to receive weather warnings without having to purchase a NOAA Weather Radio we have added Weather Warnings to our CODE RED Emergency Communications System. The one caveat is that you have to sign up for the warnings as it is not a feature that is automatically turned on. To sign up click on the CODE RED link on the right hand side of the ready.northwildwood.com website. On the Code Red page put your address information in and add your home number, cell phone numbers and email address. Check the warnings that you want to receive. Right now phones can receive Tornadoes, Severe Thunderstorm and Flash Flood warnings, while text and Email messages can receive Tornadoes, Severe Thunderstorm and Flash Flood as well as Winter Storm and Tsunami. Remember the system will contact you only for Weather Warnings which means that severe weather is imminent as opposed to Weather Watches which means that the conditions are favorable for severe weather. At the end of signing up the system will verify your information and ask if you want to create an account to be able to go back and change your selections. Remember you can add as many numbers you want for your address – for example you can add your family member cell phones or if you only come down in the summer you can add your out of town phone number to receive emergency notifications when you are not here. One note – if you added your additional phone numbers before for regular emergency notifications by signing up for weather warnings you will not get duplicate phone calls for each time you signed up – the system does not dial duplicate numbers. Code Red will send out a City wide message to all residents on Friday to alert residents of this new service. As with all Code Red notifications there is no cost except what your cellular provider charges for receiving text messages.
(05/03/17) In Cooperation with the National Weather Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration the City of North Wildwood by official resolution supports the National Hurricane Preparedness Week. During National Hurricane Preparedness Week residents and visitors alike are reminded that they should take a few minutes to review their personal preparations in the event of a hurricane prior the June 1st official start of hurricane season. As we have mentioned in the past your preparation plans should have a universal theme so that what you are doing can be used for different events that may arise. For example when you are prepared for the electric being out you are prepared for outages caused by wires down by an Ice Storm or poles blown down by a hurricane. The same is true when you are prepared to shelter in place and have adequate supplies on hand as the need to stay in place could be caused by street flooding, major snow storm or even a radiological incident. Being prepared reduces stress during these often stressful events and allows you to do the storm specific tasks such as moving your vehicles in flooding or securing your outside furniture and trash cans when high winds are predicted. Information about preparedness can be found on this page by first clicking the bottom link on the left hand column which say OEM Brochure it will open a six page .pdf document that has all you need to know. If you want a personal copy the OEM brochures are available at the City Clerks Office in City Hall. Next click on the link in the box on the lower right hand side marked All Hazards Emergency Preparation Information available here “Be Prepared” and a list of links will open up in the center. These links contain specific information about preparing for specific hazards. All contain valuable information. (Note to those who subscribe to the email updates of this page for some reason when save draft was pressed some people received an email containing a partial message. We regret that error and this should reflect the complete post)
(04/05/17) There is a chance of Severe Weather for our area for Thursday. The National Weather Service has issued a weather briefing. We have a chance of heavy rain, high winds and severe thunderstorms. While we may have some rain water flooding due to slow drainage we are not in the tidal flooding area which is along the North Jersey coast. Residents are urged to monitor the weather throughout the day by local media or a weather app on your smart phone in case the weather turns severe. With the high winds you should take care to secure any property that could be blown by the wind. Items such as lawn chairs, trash cans, etc. can become damaging projectiles in heavy winds. The latest briefing can be viewed here. A new briefing will be issued at 5PM. If you are reading this in an update email then click on the same link as before. If you are reading this on the Ready Website the NWS Emergency Managers Briefings are always available when issued and updated at the same link which is located on the left hand side list of links.
Last weeks weather was quintessential Spring weather – that is one day cold and one day hot. This is the kind of weather that often is accompanied by severe weather such as tornadoes, thunderstorms, hail, and straight line winds. The National Weather Service through it’s Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors is calling for a discussion on what is your safe place from extreme weather. To promote the discussion nationwide they are asking people to take a Safe Place Selfie and post it on April 3rd to the 6th, 2017. If you are uncertain what to do and what is a safe place take a few minutes and visit “Be Prepared” link on the top of this page or lower right side or if you reading this in an email visit the North Wildwood Ready website by clicking on this link. On the Ready website click on the “Be Prepared” button for links to all sorts of preparedness information. The attached photo has more information on the #SafePlaceSelfie
For those that utilize Facebook the Office of Emergency Management has a presence on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NWEmergencyManagement/ Most of the time we are able to mirror the page on the Ready Website and the Facebook page but occasionally during the height of the storm we can update Facebook quicker from a smart phone. Nonetheless neither this page on the Ready website or the Facebook page are to be considered to replace the National Weather Service warnings, Code Red warnings and the emergency warning siren alerts. Social media and websites have a place and it is to provide supplemental information before and after an alert is sent out.
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)
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.