Current Emergency Alerts
National Hurricane Preparedness Week May 26 - June 1
The Ridgewood Office of Emergency Management (OEM) reminds residents that the 2013 Hurricane Season begins June 1st.
A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm that forms in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. A typical cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms, and in the Northern Hemisphere, a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth’s surface.
Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and several hundred miles inland. Hurricanes can produce winds exceeding 155 miles per hour as well as tornadoes and mircrobursts. Additionally, hurricanes can create storm surges along the coast and cause extensive damage from heavy rainfall. Floods and flying debris from the excessive winds are often the deadly and destructive results of these weather events. Slow moving hurricanes traveling into mountainous regions tend to produce especially heavy rain. Excessive rain can trigger landslides and mud slides. Flash flooding can occur due to intense rainfall.
Ridgewood OEM is asking residents to begin preparations NOW by building an emergency kit and making a family communications plan. Please review the recently updated bookled from the National Weather Service entitled "Tropical Cyclones: A Preparedness Guide" and the "Hurricane Survival Gude for New Jersey" published by New Jersey State Office of Emergency Management. Additional resources are available at http://oem.ridgewoodnj.net.
Ridgewood Emergency Planning Guide
Ridgewood OEM has released the 2013 emergency planning guide for village residents and visitors. We encourage everyone to carefully read and print the guide. The planning guide will assistant residents and visitors with important information and detailed instructions on what to do in the event of an emergency. Click here to read the guide.
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