After tropical storm Irene struck NJ in August 2011, The Rahway Flood Rescue Team was formed with volunteers from within and outside the Rahway Police Department. Learn more about the Rahway Flood Rescue Team.
A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area, generally within 24 hours.
It is as important to prepare for natural disasters as it is to prepare for terrorism. Please consider the following steps to prepare for a Hurricane:
Make a Kit
- Bottled water (1 gallon per person per day)
- Non-perishable food
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Battery-powered radio
- Consider others needs unique to your family, such as diapers, medications, etc.
Make a Plan
- Talk with household members. Make sure everyone knows where to meet and who to call in case you are separated.
- Be prepared to evacuate. Consider where you may go and make a plan for your pets. They are not permitted in most emergency shelters.
- Gather necessary emergency numbers and important papers.
- Prepare to secure your property, such as bringing in outdoor furniture and shutting off utilities.
- The most important thing you can do is follow the instructions of local emergency officials.
- Keep tuned to local radio or television stations for information from emergency officials.
- Secure lawn furniture and other items that may blow away
- Trim loose tree branches and shrubs
- Refill all essential prescriptions
- Eliminate any unnecessary travel
- Have a corded phone (because cordless phones do not work without electricity)
- Keep a first aid kit handy
- Emergency phone numbers should be kept near the phone
- Children should be taught how to properly call 9-1-1 for help