Disaster Assistance

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REMEMBER THAT DISASTER CAN STRIKE AT ANY TIME BE PREPARED BEFORE A DISASTER

Disasters can be weather related, such as a hurricane or tornado, accidental (for example, train crash) or terrorist type. There may not always be time to prepare for a disaster, so it is important to do as much planning to be ready if disaster should strike. 

Some steps you can take in preparing for and dealing with a disaster situation are discussed below:

PREVENT
  • Secure property and loose objects before weather related incidents
  • Be aware of weather safety
  • Know where shutoffs are for water, electricity and gas
  • Be aware of fire safety; know how to use a fire extinguisher if you have one
  • Have local emergency numbers available
  • Review evacuation routes
  • If you are disabled, make sure police  in your community know you will need         
    assistance in case of emergency or evacuation.
  • Fill your vehicle gas tank with sufficient fuel
     
BUILD A KIT

(From American Red Cross pamphlet “5 Actions for Emergency Preparedness” A1800, April 2003) What you have on hand when a disaster happens can make a big difference.  Plan to store enough supplies for everyone in your household for at least three days.
Water - Have at least one gallon per person per day.

  • Food - Pack non-perishable, high-protein items, including energy bars, ready-to-eat soup,
    peanut butter, etc.  Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and
    little or no water.
  • Flashlight - Include extra batteries.
  • First aid kit - Pack a reference guide.
  • Medications - Don’t forget prescription and non-prescription items.
  • Battery-operated radio. Include extra batteries.
  • Tools - Assemble a wrench to turn off gas if necessary, a manual can opener, a
    screwdriver, hammer, pliers, a knife, duct tape, plastic sheeting and garbage bags
    and ties.
  • Clothing - Provide a change of clothes for everyone, including sturdy shoes and gloves.
    Personal items.  Remember eyeglasses or contact lenses and solution; copies of important
    papers, including identification cards, insurance policies, birth certificates, passports, etc.;
    and comfort items such as toys and books.
  • Sanitary supplies - You’ll want toilet paper, towelettes, feminine supplies, personal
    hygiene items, bleach, etc.
  • Money - Have cash.  (ATMs and credit cards won’t work if power is out.)
  • Contact information - Carry a current list of family phone numbers and e-mail addresses,
    including someone out of the area who may be easirer to reach if local phone lines are out
    of service or overloaded.
  • Pet supplies - Include food, water, leash, litter box or plastic bags, tags, any medications
    and vaccination information.
  • Map - Consider marking an evacuation route on it from your local area.


Include any necessary items for infants, seniors and people with disabilities in your kit.  Store your disaster supplies in a sturdy but easy-to-carry container.  A large covered trash container, overnight backpack or duffel bag will work.  Keep a smaller version of the kit in your vehicle.  If you become stranded or are not able to return home, having some items with you will help you be more comfortable until help arrives.

PREPARE
  • Protect self, property and pets
  • Look out for friends and neighbors who may need assistance
  • Keep emergency numbers on hand
  • Keep on hand a first aid kit
  • If possible track storms or other emergencies on internet, radio, tv and newspaper
  • Have adequate supplies of what you think you will need on hand such as food, manual
    can opener, water, flashlights, batteries, gas in car, generator, wood for boarding up
    windows  (Also see section "Build a Kit")
  • Secure important papers (insurance papers, deeds, vaccinations, birth/death/marriage certificates, passports, credit card/bank account/stock information, pet inoculation record etc.) in one location for easy access should you need to leave quickly
  • If you have a vehicle , pack with items you may wish to take if you need to leave
    quickly.  Pack blankets if the weather even is in the winter. DO NOT DRIVE OR WALK IN FLOODED AREAS, due to the danger of downed power lines in water.
  • If you have a mobile phone, purchase a car charger to charge your phone in case the power goes out
  • Heed warnings and go to a shelter before dangerous conditions occur
RECOVER
  • If you have property damage, contact insurance companies, especially home, auto
    and business
  • Safeguard damaged property
  • Stay away from unsafe areas; Do not enter restricted areas unless authorized by
    authorities
  • Arrange for necessary repairs
  • Help others
Cope
  • Seek medical assistance for injuries
  • Contact family members or friends who may be worried about you
  • Seek counseling for self or family members
  • Use other supports to help you get through crisis: professional mental health counselors and social workers, family physician, disaster assistance agencies, religious organizations, coworkers, community and social organizations, etc.
  • If you feel your home or neighborhood is not safe after a disaster, you may wish to    relocate temporarily. If you do not have a place to go, go to the nearest shelter set up by  local emergency authorities. (Note: Shelters may not take pets or other animals.)
DISASTER RESOURCES

The following information is provided as a public service.

Please be aware that Information could have changed since being published.

Monmouth County- Local Police

Call 911 for emergencies or look in telephone directory for non-emergency number http://prosecutor.co.monmouth.nj.us/police.htm

Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management
Freehold, New Jersey 07724
Telephone: 732-431-7400

Monmouth County - Hospitals

NJ State Police Office of Emergency Management
http://www.state.nj.us/njoem

Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)
http://www.fema.gov

Disaster aid hotlines:
1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
1-800-462-7585 (TTY)

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
www.dhs.gov

American Red Cross (Jersey Coast Chapter)
1540 West Park Avenue
P.O. Box 131
Tinton Falls, NJ 07724-0131
Telephone:   732-493-9100
Email:chapter@jerseycoast-redcross.org
Web Site: http://www.jerseycoast-redcross.org/

American Red Cross
http://www.prepare.org
http://www.redcross.org/
http://www.cruzrojaamericana.org/index.asp (Spanish)

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
http://www.noaa.gov/
http://weather.noaa.gov/ (National Weather Service)
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/( National Hurricane Service)

Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities
http://www.disabilitypreparedness.gov/

Homeland Security
http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/disabled.html
http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/seniors.html

Mental Health Services
U.S. Department of Heath and Social Services
National Mental Health Information Center (SAMHSA)
http://www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/databases/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
http://www.bt.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/

Disaster and Animals/Pets
American Veterinary Medical Association (Disaster assistance for animals)
http://www.avma.org/disaster/

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