In an Emergency, Chatham is Ready to 'Guide' You
Monday, September 16, 2013 • 1:00pm
CHATHAM, NJ – Keep your eye out for the emergency guide coming in the mail, starting Monday, Sept. 16.
Chatham Borough’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has developed a comprehensive emergency guide for borough residents and business owners. The guide is a free resource that provides critical information to help citizens prepare for various emergency situations.
“We are pleased to provide this excellent resource to our residents and business owners,” Bruce Harris, Mayor, Chatham Borough said. “I encourage residents and business owners to make the preparations described in the guide.”
The guide covers a wide range of topics, ranging from how to prepare your home to serve as a shelter, to hurricane and tornado preparations, and evacuation preparation, to mention a few.
The guide’s distribution is timed to coincide with September's National Preparedness Month, when FEMA conducts national annual preparedness outreach aimed at educating and empowering Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.
“Now is the time for residents to sign up for AlertChathamBorough, our new state-of-the art technology that allows us to keep residents and business owners informed,” Robert Falzarano, Chatham Borough administrator said. “There’s no cost to sign up, and it only takes a few minutes. Our goal is to have 100 percent participation. Remember, if we can’t reach you, we can’t help you.”
AlertChathamBorough has several categories of information to choose from, depending upon what types of alerts each individual user requests. The categories range from severe weather alerts, to power outages to crime alerts.
AlertChathamBorough is customized to each individual who signs up, and there are two levels of customization: the type of information a person wants to receive and the communication vehicle used to deliver the information to them,” Steve Williams, Deputy Coordinator, Office of Emergency Management, Chatham Borough, said. “Some people may want a limited amount of information, while others want everything we have to offer and some people may prefer text messages or emails, while others may prefer a phone call.”
All Chatham Borough residents and business owners are encouraged to learn more at www.chathamborough.org, and click on AlertChathamBorough.
Q1. How do people get an emergency guide?
A1. They will be mailed to all residential and business mailing addresses in Chatham Borough, beginning week of Sept 16.
Q2. Why are you doing this now?
A2. The guide’s distribution is timed to coincide with September National Preparedness Month, when FEMA conducts national annual preparedness outreach aimed at educating and empowering Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.
Q3. How much does it cost to get an emergency guide?A3. There’s no cost to the residents and business owners in Chatham Borough.
Q4. Why should someone sign up for AlertChathamBorough?
A4. A key learning from Super Storm Sandy is that we needed to improve how we communicate with both residents and business owners in Chatham Borough. AlertChathamBorough is a state-of-the art information system that is customized by each individual who signs up.
AlertChathamBorough provides two levels of customization: types of information and communication vehicle.
The type of information an individual may want to receive can vary from very specific and limited to very general and broad.
We encourage all Chatham Borough residents and business owners to learn more at www.chathamborough.org, and click on AlertChathamBorough..