|WHAT DO I DO IF I'M ALERTED TO AN EMERGENCY?
- DO NOT GO TO SCHOOL TO PICK UP YOUR CHILDREN. Our schools have
an emergency plan in place to protect all students.
- YOU may be
alerted to a problem which MAY or MAY NOT pose an immediate
danger to the community. You will be advised if there is the potential
for escalation into a more serious situation.
- If you are informed
of a potential problem, you should STAND BY until advised of
what action to take and further instructions will be given as soon as
official information is available.
- DO NOT attempt
to contact the facility where the emergency has occurred. All available
information will be broadcast on television and radio stations.
- Stay CALM.
Do not listen to rumors.
- DO NOT USE YOUR
TELEPHONE to call for information or advise unless you have a personal
emergency. Listen to the Emergency Broadcast System on the radio or
television. Unnecessary calls may prevent essential and emergency information
from getting through to you.
turn on a radio or television to a local station for further instruction.
Emergency Broadcast System messages may be heard on the above radio
and television stations. STAY TUNED TO YOUR RADIO OR TV FOR MORE
- To show that you
know about the emergency and you do not need assistance, put a card
in the window indicating "WE HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED". Be
sure it can be seen from the road.
- NOTIFICATION WILL BE MADE VIA CABLE TV (COMCAST - ALL CHANNELS) KYW
1060 AM, AND WKDN CAMDEN EMERGENCY BROADCAST SYSTEM STATION
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I'M TOLD TO TAKE SHELTER?
If there is an
emergency and our community is ordered to take shelter, STAY INSIDE
AND CLOSE ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS.
You need to follow these easy steps:
- PREPARE A SHELTER-IN-PLACE KIT
PLACE THESE ITEMS IN A LOCATION KNOWN TO ALL FAMILY MEMBERS SO THAT THEY CAN BE GATHERED
QUICKLY IN AN EMERGENCY.
- Heavy Plastic and Duct Tape
- Flashlight with Extra Batteries
- Battery Powered Radio
- Drinking Water In Sealed Containers
- Non-Perishable Foods
- Move people and pets indoors immediately.
- Close and lock all windows and doors (Locking provides a tighter seal).
- Turn off all heating, cooling and ventilation systems, including all window and
- Go into one room of your house or work place. This room should have a telephone and
either a television or radio.
- Place plastic and duct tape around all doors and windows in the room. Use heavy
plastic that is large enough to cover the entire window or door. Plastic
drop cloths that are used when painting are good to use for sheltering-in-place
- Place wet towels at the bottom of the door to prevent possible leakage. Keep extra
towels available. If you smell a chemical odor, cover your nose and
mouth with a wet towel.
- Stay tuned to
your radio or television for further instructions.
- Begin storing water in containers for future drinking and cooking.
- If necessary, children in affected schools will be sheltered there. Parents should
not try to pick them up unless advised to do so.
- Do not go outdoors unless absolutely necessary. If so, limit time spent outdoors and
cover your mouth with a damp cloth or towel. When returning indoors,
leave outer clothing outside. Wash your face and hands with mild soap
and lukewarm water.
- Stay inside your closed room until you receive an all-clear signal. When you receive
that signal, open all doors and windows and go outside until your
house or work place is well ventilated.
- Use the telephone only for emergencies. Unnecessary calls may prevent essential and
official information from getting through to you.
MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE GLOUCESTER COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: (856) 307-7155
SHOULD I DO IF TOLD TO PREPARE TO EVACUATE?
- MAKE A LIST OF THINGS YOU SHOULD TAKE WITH YOU IN AN EMERGENCY
PLACE THESE ITEMS IN A LOCATION KNOWN TO ALL FAMILY MEMBERS SO THAT THEY CAN BE GATHERED QUICKLY IN AN EMERGENCY.
- Baby Food
- First-Aid Kit
- DO NOT LEAVE your home at this stage. An evacuation will be ordered only if our community
is threatened and there is time to evacuate safely and in an orderly
- MAKE sure you understand the emergency evacuation route to be followed. Stay tuned
to your radio and/or television for further instructions to prepare
- QUICKLY gather: a change of clothing, medicines, special dietary needs, eyeglasses,
money and shelter-in-place kit.
- PREPARE your home for a three-day absence:
Turn off all small appliances, faucets and air conditioners, fans, and
house lights. TURN down the furnace, lock windows and doors. Even if
in daytime, turn on your porch light as you leave your house. The area
will be guarded while you are away.
- LEAVE IF or WHEN advised. Use one car per family. Close all car windows and vents. Listen
to your radio for traffic information.
- WHEN traveling, keep car vents and windows closed. Do not use air conditioning or heating
- BE sure that a sign is placed in your window indicating "WE HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED."
- YOU may return to your home as soon as the emergency is declared over and it is safe
- WHEN you return home: if the emergency involved an air-borne hazardous material,
open windows and doors and stay outside until the building is well ventilated.