The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management is working with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to implement hurricane preparedness planning while Tropical Storm Beryl builds steam in the Atlantic.
The last storm to severely impact New Jersey was Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Floyd caused $6 billion dollars worth of damage across the eastern part of the U.S. with North Carolina and New Jersey sustaining the most severe impacts. Inland flooding caused the majority of the 57 total deaths from Floyd and four of the deaths were in New Jersey.
Currently State and Federal officials are already working together to create action plans, strengthen existing networks, clarify commodity staging plans, and identify available resources, should a state of emergency and subsequent disaster declaration result from Tropical Storm Beryl. FEMA is prepared to coordinate federal resources with New Jersey to support local emergency response systems and assets already on the ground.
New Jersey residents should also take this time to reassess their own emergency plans, evacuation routes, and preparedness supplies. There is no substitute for individual preparedness when it comes to safety during an emergency.
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.