New Jersey gets its share of severe weather – and those closest to the coast are particularly vulnerable to hurricanes and high winds. Here are some things you can do to help improve the safety of your family and home before a storm hits:

·       Be informed. Find out where the nearest shelter is, and map out different routes you can take there from your home. Also, make sure you are aware of the safest spots in your home during various natural disasters.

·       Get organized. Keep a list of emergency contacts for easy reference. Be sure to include police, fire, hospitals, utilities, local government, and your property insurance provider. Gather important documents into a central location so they can be grabbed quickly if needed.

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·       Create an emergency supplies kit.Keep one kit in your home, at your workplace, and in your vehicle – and make sure your entire family knows where to find them. Your home kit should contain first aid supplies along with essential food and water for your entire family for at least three days.

·       Know how to turn off your utilities. During a severe storm or disaster, natural gas leaks and electrical sparks can cause fires, and water can become polluted. Every family member should know how to shut off all three utilities if they see flooding or downed lines.

·       Prepare your home. When the weather takes a bad turn, move items such as lawn furniture, grills, and propane tanks inside. Move vehicles into a garage if possible. Make sure your yard is clear of anything that could blow around during a storm. Keep enough plywood and nails on hand to cover windows and doors if needed.

  • Stay aware of severe weather.Follow your favorite local news station and the National Weather Service on social media. And don't forget to keep your cell phone fully charged and your gas tank full.

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