North Wildwood’s Emergency Preparedness website

2311, 2022

Winter Weather Preparedness

With the recent cool temperatures, the winter season is not far away.  It is now time to prepare for the winter weather.   As we point out often there are many similarities between each severe weather event that takes place, for example, for all events you will need a plan, you should have your important papers and medications readily available, keeping a small amount of cash on hand for emergency purchases if the credit card systems are out, fueling your car when it goes below half a tank so it’s ready to go if necessary and maintain food supplies for several weeks.  The big thing for winter preparedness is being prepared for the cold weather.   That means practical cold-weather clothing and footwear.    When looking for outerwear think of layers so that whatever you purchase you can use other times.   An example is a rain jacket over a sweater or mid-weight jacket – add a hat and gloves and you are protected from the wind, rain, or snow and will be warm.  Each of those items can be used at other times of the year.    Same for footwear – consider a pair of 18-inch unlined rubber boots with a pair of heavy socks.   You’ll be warm and be able to walk in the snow and not get wet and then you can use the same boots in warm weather to walk in water during flooding.    More winter weather tips can be found by clicking on the BE PREPARED link at the top of this page and on the lower right-hand side of this page.     Remember when implementing your plan look for the similarities between your current plan and a plan you made previously for another event chances are you have much of the needed preparedness work already done.

With some people in the news media predicting a heating fuel shortage this winter and/or electrical shortages perhaps it’s time to start to consider looking into a backup energy source such as a generator, whether whole house or portable, and possibly solar panels and batteries.  These alternatives are costly investments however they can be used any time during the year and should be purchased only after due circumspect and planning.   Considering that the new electric meters being installed in our area allow the electric company to conduct remote disconnects to protect the electric grid, which is known in some areas as rolling blackouts, it may be time to start planning.  As with all investments only do what you can afford, even if it’s starting with a portable generator that will help you keep your food from spoiling and supply enough electricity to keep your gas heat on.     With the Internet, there are plenty of websites where you can research solar energy unfortunately the downside is there is so much information you have a hard time discerning which ones are the real facts and which ones are sales hype.  It might be better to check with neighbors who have whole house generators or solar to get ideas on cost and recommendations.

1509, 2022

September is National Preparedness Month

Established in 2004 National Preparedness Month is observed every September in the United States.  During September Americans are encouraged to take steps toward preparing for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities.   Since 2001 the federal government has urged all citizens to make their own survival preparations.  One can realize the need for personal preparedness when one compares the number of residents and visitors in a given area with the number of first responders in the same place.  During a widespread emergency, such as a hurricane, there will not be enough first responders to care for everyone and with neighboring towns facing the same emergency mutual aid would have to come from out of the area or even out of the region. Some may remember back in 2010 when an ice storm knocked out electric power in some sections of town for 7 days as electric crews came from Illinois and Georgia to make repairs.  Some may remember back when we were told to have food and supplies for three days until help would arrive.   In recent emergencies government officials have told citizens to prepare with supplies for 7 to 10 days.  Preparedness tips are readily available online and most of the most comprehensive sites are listed on this website by clicking on the “BE PREPARED” link at the top of the page and on the lower right-hand side.   An easy way to find out what it takes to prepare is to take a look at what FEMA lists as the 12 Ways to Prepare.

  1. Sign up for Alerts and Warnings
  2. Make a Plan
  3. Save for a Rain Day
  4. Practice Emergency Drills
  5. Test Family Communication Plan
  6. Safeguard Documents
  7. Plan with Neighbors
  8. Make your Home Safer
  9. Know Evacuation Routes
  10. Assemble or Update Supplies
  11. Get Involved in Your Community
  12. Document and Insure Property


2806, 2022

Weather, Weather and more Weather . . .

Probably the number one thing that we have to be prepared for is a weather-related event. This could be a hurricane, a severe thunderstorm, or tidal flooding. One positive thing about weather-related events we always have some indication that something is possible. These indications come from long-range forecasts, severe weather outlooks, as well as the more closer to the event advisories, watches, and warnings. One of our duties as emergency managers is to show the public how to access the necessary information to be prepared.

We provide many links for a list of things to do to be prepared on this website under the heading “Be Prepared” we also provide many links to weather-related websites. While the information obtained by clicking on the links will provide plenty of preparedness and weather information none of it is of value unless it’s checked on a regular basis. Knowing that weather is one of our biggest threats one should then try to it make it a habit to check the weather regularly. An easy way to develop a new habit is to connect it to an existing habit. As most weather resources are Internet-related then a good time to check the weather is when you check your email.

For the big picture start your day with the Daily Briefing (Click Here) a one-stop weather page by the National Weather Service. In addition to the forecast map, there are links to every type of forecast that the NWS offers. If you want to look at something closer to home the next location one should check is the local NWS forecast (Click Here) where you find a seven-day forecast as well as the Hazardous Weather Outlook which shows you if potential hazardous weather is predicted. By checking the weather every day you will start to understand the weather patterns for our area. As you will now have an idea of what to expect we need something to alert us when severe weather is near our area. With almost everyone having a smartphone we can download apps that can alert us and provide near real-time weather radar. There are many apps out there, unfortunately, many are just ad platforms that you end up wasting a lot of time looking for the weather information between advertisements. There are two apps that we like – first, the no-nonsense weather-only NWSNOW weather app that is not available at the Google Play store but at their website NWSNOW has no ads only weather information including current and hourly conditions plus the seven-day forecast next we like the FEMA App which is available at the Google Play store. The FEMA app has a feature where you can receive alerts plus provides preparedness information. Both apps allow you to enable which alerts you want to receive. Only the NWSNOW app provides forecast information and weather radar. When it comes to hurricane information we like long-range information on the National Hurricane Center Website when the storm gets closer to our area what to expect is incorporated into the local NWS forecasts so we look at the local forecasts for weather predictions. Once weather watching becomes a habit you will know what to expect and be ready for any weather event that occurs. Remember the further from the event you know something is coming the better you can be prepared for it.

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.