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Ewing, NJ 08628
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Office of Emergency Management
Ewing Township Municipal Building
2 Jake Garzio Drive
Ewing, NJ 08628
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is the Ewing Township department whose mission is to provide for the safety, health, and welfare of Ewing residents in the event of a disaster or emergency. The office works to coordinate the repair of damage resulting from disasters and to provide support for rescue operations for persons and property in distress. The OEM also coordinates multi-agency responses to emergencies and disasters within Ewing, working with local, County, State and Federal agencies as needed.
The Office of Emergency Management is responsible for alerting and notifying appropriate agencies when disaster strikes; coordinating all agencies that respond; ensuring resources are available and mobilized in times of disaster; developing preparedness plans and procedures for response to and recovery from disasters; and developing and providing materials for the public.
Federal government agencies such as FEMA, National Weather Service and the Department of Homeland Security have put together a campaign to promote disaster preparedness. Through the Ready.gov and other sites they promote citizen awareness and planning. Ready.gov recommends that individuals do three things to prepare for possible emergencies of all types:
Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, or seniors.
If you need to evacuate: Take your go-bags and GO! Be sure that your vehicles are fueled and serviced. Gas stations may be closed or unable to pump gas during power outages. Be alert for road hazards such as downed trees, power lines, flooded areas. NEVER drive into flooded areas.
After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Also have your utility service provider contact information on hand.
What You Need to Know if You Have to Evacuate prepared by Mercer County and the NJ Office of Emergency Management.
Sign up for NJ Special Needs Registry at registerready.nj.gov to be prepared in the event of a disaster. This program allows NJ residents with disabilities to preregister so that emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency. You may also dial 2-1-1 for Registry Assistance 24/7.
See also Public Evacuation/Medical Needs Sheltering from the Mercer County Division of Public Health Public which provide more information about Medical Needs Shelters and provides a Checklist for what to bring with you.
What to do when you receive a flood watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service for our area.
In NJ, severe thunderstorms can occur any time of year, however, typically they occur during the warmer months. March through October is prime thunderstorm season.
Tornadoes can happen anytime and anywhere. They can bring intense winds, over 200 miles per hour. In the Garden State we historically average two tornadoes per year. But they are extremely random occurences so it's best to have a plan and well before they might ever occur. March through August is typically tornado seson, although they can occur at any time of the year.
Ground-level ozone and airborne particles are the two pollutants that pose the greatest threat to human health in this country. Local air quality can affect millions of people who live in areas where air pollution can cause serious health problems. As we experience more wildfires in the country and Canada, we will need to deal with particle pollution in the form of haze and smoke that creates unhealthy living conditions. The EPA developed the Air Quality Index, or AQI, to make information available about the health effects of the five most common air pollutants, and how to avoid those effects. Keep abreast of the local air quality to stay safer.
Chemical agents are poisonous vapors, aerosols, liquids and solids that have toxic effects on people, animals or plants. Signs of a chemical emergency include the presence of many dead insects or birds. To prepare:
Fires can happen and spread very quickly! According to Ready.gov, in just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames.
To maximize your safety:
Natural areas wildfires occur in forests, grasslands or prairies. They can spread quickly and have a devastating impact on the local communities in addition to wildlife and natural areas.