LIVINGSTON, NJ – In order to encourage members of the Livingston community to become more aware of both the importance of being prepared for emergencies of all types and the planning resources that are available, the Livingston mayor and council issued a proclamation on Monday declaring September as National Preparedness Month in the Township of Livingston.

“Whether across the country or close to home, all kinds of emergencies occur, and most of them hit without warning,” said Acting Township Manager Russell Jones. “From destructive, far-reaching storms to incidents on campuses, in the streets, and in private buildings, they’re a sobering reminder to each of us that anything can happen at any time. It’s just plain smart to have a plan.”

The Annual Ready Campaign, which is run each September by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), reminds citizens that anything can happen, anytime, anywhere, so it is essential to be prepared. 

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FEMA’s Ready.gov provides practical advice to help citizens prepare now with this year’s theme, “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” A Spanish-language version of the site is available at Listo.gov.

“How will you and your family members know what’s going on when there’s an emergency?” asked Mayor Shawn Klein. “How will you receive updates or essential safety information? Staying informed is a critical aspect of emergency preparedness.”

One quick and easy thing to do, according to Klein, is visit livingstonnj.org and register for the Township’s Swift911 Emergency Notification System. Those who have previously registered should sign in and make sure their information is up to date.

Many public utilities and agencies have improved their methods of communication, according to the township. Citizens can download apps and sign up for programs through their utility or other service companies. Parents of school-aged children should be sure to sign up for school district updates.

“It’s too late to plan for an emergency when you’re in the middle of one,” said Klein. “Our recognition of this month is a reminder that now is the right time to plan—not when you’re being evacuated from your home.”

Through the township’s social media outlets, residents can stay up to date on all kinds of information and events. “Like” Livingston Township, NJ on Facebook and follow the township on Twitter @Livingston_NJ to find out about happenings in Livingston.

Livingston Township’s website offers information and links to helpful resources for families, parents, children, and businesses HERE. livingstonnj.org/services/emergency-management.

FEMA also offers general readiness resources for “America's PrepareAthon!, a grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience” at Community.fema.gov. In addition, Ready.gov breaks “getting ready” down into easy-to-handle sections and posts tips on social media using and #NatlPrep and #PlanAhead.

Information on building a personal emergency kit, including a sample list of supplies, is available through links on the Livingston Township website at livingstonnj.org under Emergency Management. Additional links there provide access to more valuable information and resources.

For more information about the Resolve to be Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit Ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY.