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Colonel Rick Fuentes Major Edward Cetnar
Superintendent, New Jersey State Police
State Director of Emergency Management
Commanding Officer, Emergency Management

Nicholas J. Morici
(609) 882-2000 ext. 6209
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December 31, 2008

Resolve to be Ready in 2009

In coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Resolve to be Ready in 2009 campaign, Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police and Director of the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management is encouraging all New Jersey residents to make a New Year’s resolution for preparedness and create an emergency kit and plan for the home and workplace.

“As 2009 approaches, we are reminded to make changes for the betterment to our everyday lives. This year in addition to the traditional goal that we set, we are strongly encouraging all New Jersey residents to devise a disaster plan and develop a disaster kit. For those who have already created a disaster plan and kit, this New Year’s resolution will serve a reminder to check and update your existing plans and kits,” said Fuentes.

There are several things that New Jersey residents can do to prepare for the unexpected as well as reduce stress and confusion during an actual emergency. The basics of preparedness for virtually all hazards are the same. Following the appropriate steps and being ready “now” means that residents will be ready for any disaster or crisis that may affect New Jersey.

“Planning and preparation are the key steps to safety. By making a New Year’s resolution to create an appropriate emergency plan for yourself, your family or place of business, you are readying your environment for any potential emergency,” added Fuentes.

STEP ONE: "GET A KIT" of Emergency Supplies


  • Three days' supply of canned, non-perishable, ready-to-eat FOOD
  • Three days' supply of WATER (a total of three gallons per family member)
  • Battery-operated RADIO and extra batteries
  • FLASHLIGHT and extra batteries
  • One week's prescription MEDICATIONS
  • Personal TOILETRIES
  • Non-electric CAN OPENER and UTENSILS
  • SPECIAL NEEDS items:
    • INFANT care items
    • Items for ELDERLY family members
    • Items for relatives with DISABILITIES
  • Store important DOCUMENTS in a waterproof, safe location


  • Keep your vehicle at a half-tank of GAS at all times
  • Every family member must carry CONTACT INFORMATION:
    • All phone numbers at work, school, etc. for every family member
    • The name and number of a relative who lives out-of-state, to call in case your family gets separated.

STEP TWO: "MAKE A PLAN" for Yourself, Your Family or Your Business

  • Meet with the members of your household or office
  • Talk about the types of disasters that are most likely to happen in your area
  • Take time to explain the dangers of emergency incidents to children
  • Discuss why everyone needs to prepare for a disaster
  • Address any special needs concerns in the event of an emergency
  • Build an emergency contact phone list
  • Make provisions for pets
  • Remember to establish and share emergency incident responsibilities
  • Emphasize that teamwork and staying calm are key

For more in depth information regarding emergency preparedness and planning please log on to: http://www.ready.nj.gov/plan/kit-plan.html



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