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Preparing for Winter Weather Hazards

Winter in New Jersey is a time of unique beauty and unique risks. Wind chill can cause frostbite. Freezing rain can cause dangers on the road. Nor'easters have the potential to cause more damage than hurricanes.

The following pages provide essential facts on winter preparedness:


  • Winter preparedness requires the basics: Get a Kit. Make a plan. Stay informed. Go to the NJOEM Basic Preparedness page for details.
  • Stay Informed.
    • Social Media.
      "Like" the NJOEM on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/READYNEWJERSEY 
      Follow us on Twitter: https:/www.twitter.com/ReadyNJ.
      Be sure to sign up for Twitter Alerts at the NJOEM account set up page so you can receive a direct notification to your phone whenever NJOEM issues an alert.
    • Reverse 9-1-1. Find out if your community has a "reverse 9-1-1" system or if you can opt-in for email updates from municipal officials.
    • Nixle Connect allows the NJ State Police and the NJOEM to send messages to the public by text/SMS, e-mail, and Internet posts. Register to receive messages by sending a text message with your zip code to 888777 (data rates may apply depending on your plan). You can also register on-line at www.nixle.com.
    • NJ Alert is a free, voluntary and confidential emergency alerting system that allows NJOEM officials to send e-mail or text messages to cell phones and other email enabled devices during an emergency. Sign up for NJ Alert by logging on to: http://www.njalert.gov.
    • NOAA Weather Radio. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from a station nearest your location. NOAA Weather Radios are typically inexpensive, easily available in stores and can usually be programmed for your specific area. NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards
    • TV, radio and newspapers. Continue to monitor these outlets to stay informed of breaking news and continued coverage of emergency events.
    • Cellular Mobile Emergency Alert System (CMAS). The National Weather Service can now send free weather warnings directly to your phone if a hazard is imminent in New Jersey. Check with your wireless carrier to see if your wireless phone is WEA (Wireless Emergency Alert) enabled to receive these messages.
    • Connect with your local information sources. Contact your County Office of Emergency Management to learn about the localized information sources provided by your county.
    • Get up-to-date severe weather information:
    • For more detailed advice, check out our Staying Informed page

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