North Wildwood’s Emergency Preparedness website

309, 2021

Are you Ready?

In Emergency Management we update our Emergency Operations Plans regularly taking into consideration Lessons Learned. Lessons learned are experiences distilled from past activities that should be actively taken into account in future actions and behaviors. When we make emergency operation plans we take into consideration what we expect the conditions will be, what resources we will have, what we want for an outcome and lastly what did we learn the last time we had a similar event. This is the same as you will do when you make your family emergency plans so you know what to do in a tornado warning, or what you would do if you had to shelter in place. However, many of the events you will plan for you most likely have never experienced so for those events we look for preparedness best practices to see what works the best for most. We provide preparedness information on our website, https://ready.northwildwood.com on the right hand side by following the link marked Be Prepared. Many times we can learn lessons or different ways of doing things from watching what works for others. With the weather becoming more severe we can learn a lot by watching the weather events or storm that occur in other areas. Watching videos and other reports about the flooding, tornadoes and heavy rain that occurred with the remnants of hurricane Ida provide us with information that can be used in making plans for a similar event if it would occur in our area. While watching the storm videos take a moment to consider what you would do if what you are watching occurred here. Ask yourself “Are you Ready”.

2206, 2021

Hurricane and Severe Weather Warnings . . .

As the hurricane season is upon us it’s time to review some of the resources to help keep us ready.  During the first week n May it was Hurricane Preparedness week where we review annually the major components of Hurricane Preparedness.  They are Determine Your Risk, Develop an Evacuation Plan, Assemble Disaster Supplies, Get an Insurance Checkup,  Strengthen Your Home,  and Help Your Neighbor.  Once you have gone over each of the core components and have determined your risk, made your evacuation plan, obtained supplies, checked your insurance, strengthened your home and got to know your neighbors and their capabilities all you have to do on a regular basis is to review and update accordingly.   Being Prepared is great, however, getting advance notice to implement them is crucial.   As weather seems to be our biggest threat, especially, severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, flooding and tornadoes.    You can wait for a public warning issued by Emergency Management  or you can “cut out the middle man” and get your information from the same source as municipal authorities do and save a few minutes and perhaps save lives.   We are suggesting this as it is always better to have several sources for your information in case one fails or is delayed.   All weather warnings originate from the same source – The National Weather Service and are specific for our area.   One way of getting the weather warnings is to download the FEMA app to your smart phone and when the NWS issues a warning for the area you selected in the app you will be notified when a severe weather warning is issued.   There are a multitude of weather apps available for free.  Find the app that is easy to use and meets your needs.   If you are person of habit, that is checks their email or calendar before you start your day consider adding checking the NWS website on a daily basis.  Knowing the weather for the day or even week will help you plan around weather.    Consider an inexpensive weather alert radio for your home.  It will sit there quiet until a weather alert issued.   You can set the radio for your specific location and for what alerts you will hear.   When it comes to hurricanes one good thing for us we are usually given several days notice.  The best place for this information is the National Hurricane Center website   https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/  They will track a tropical disturbance up until it becomes a hurricane and then until it dissipates.    The website shows in graphic form predictive information where and when the winds will start in our area and storm surge information.   On the left hand side of this webpage on https://ready.northwildwood.com are links to websites that you should take a moment to review.  There has been no time in our history that there so much real time weather information available literately at our fingertips on our smart phone.   Take a moment to familiarize yourself with these resources and when you need to use them you will know what to do.

1405, 2021

Preparedness / Awareness Week

This year’s Preparedness / Awareness Week will be next week,  May 17th through May 21st, 2021,  This year we are focusing on public notifications.   During the week Emergency Management, Police and Fire Departments will be reviewing the procedures to send the public emergencies notifications.   Part of the review will be the actual sending of Code Red Messages and the sounding of the Emergency Warning Sirens.    Below is an outline of the week.

MONDAY – May 17th, 2021 – Your Office of Emergency Management will be posting information on it’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/NWEmergencyManagement information on the Municipal Warning systems.    A Code Red Message will be sent to those in the flood prone area of town regarding a test of the flood siren on Tuesday.

TUESDAY – May 18th, 2021 – The Office of Emergency Management will be posting flood related information on it’s Facebook Page.   At 10AM a Code Red message reminding everyone that the Flood Siren will be sounded at 11AM will be sent by the OEM.    At 11AM the Police Department will sound the Flood Warning siren and send a message that the sounding was a test.

WEDNESDAY – May 19th, 2021 – The Office of Emergency Management will be posting information on the Emergency Notification Matrix showing the different notification systems and their uses.     The OEM will be sending a Code Red Message giving advance notice that there will be a Tornado Siren Test on Thursday at 11AM.

THURSDAY – May 20th, 2021 – The Office of Emergency Management will be posting information on Severe Weather on it’s Facebook Page.   At 10AM a Code Red message reminding everyone that the Tornado Siren will be tested at 11AM will be sent by the OEM.    At 11AM the Police Department will sound the Tornado Siren and send a message that the sounding was a test.

FRIDAY – May 21st, 2021 – The Office of Emergency Management will be posting information about Preparedness on it’s Facebook Page.

During the week various agencies will be dialing into North Wildwood’s Emergency Radio Station 1640AM and conducting live broadcasts generally consisting of the words testing and a number count.   Radio 1640AM will be used to covey updated information that is longer than a Code Red Message.   In the event a live message is to broadcasted a Code Red message will be sent first alerting the public to tune to 1640AM at a specific time.

 

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.