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In October of 2012, Superstorm Sandy struck New Jersey wreaking havoc on our state.    DDHH wants to make sure that people who are Deaf and hard of hearing know how to prepare and protect themselves during widespread emergencies and natural disasters. It is important that you know what to do until help arrives.

In early 2014, DDHH applied for and received a grant from the NJ State Police, Emergency Management Performance Grant Program to develop an interpreter training course for emergency communications.  In addition, the Division obtained permission to post a series of emergency management videos developed collaboratively by the State of Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. The videos can be viewed here.

DDHH also is posting the following resources which provide tips and information to ensure that New Jerseyans who are Deaf and hard of hearing are alerted, informed and protected before, during and after an emergency or disaster.

The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJJOEM) offers a number of ways to be informed of severe weather events:

The NJOEM works closely with the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center regarding storm predictions and forecasts.

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Social Media
Social media and other advanced communications technologies are used frequently by emergency managers statewide. Find out if your community has a “reverse 9-1-1” system or if you can opt-in for email updates from municipal officials. “Like” the NJOEM on Facebook, follow on Twitter (@NJOEM2010), or subscribe to the NJ State Police (NJSP) on Nixle Connect.



  • NJ Alert - NJ Alert is a free, voluntary and confidential emergency alerting system that allows NJ Office of Emergency Management officials to send E-mail or text messages to cell phones, and other email enabled devices during an emergency event. Sign up for NJ Alert by logging on to:
  • NOAA Weather Radio - is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service Office. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. NOAA Weather Radios are typically inexpensive, easily available in stores and can often be programmed for your specific area.  NOAA Weather Radio is accessible for persons who are Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing.
  • The Weather Channel will also send text messages and alerts. 
Red Cross Preparedness for the Deaf

FEMA Federal Disaster Aid information in ASL

NJ 2-1-1 for post-emergency resources and information 

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