The High Bridge Office of Emergency Management (OEM) addresses how the municipality responds to disasters, and plans in advance to meet the needs of individuals and the community-at-large. During emergencies, OEM works in unison with State and County organizations and agencies, as well as with the Red Cross. Emergency operation plans have been created specifically for High Bridge, and updated versions are shared with all emergency services teams as well as Mayor and Council. Plans are put into effect on an as-needed basis during snowstorms, flooding, power outages, and other natural disasters and emergency events.
Special Needs Registry
The High Bridge OEM maintains a Special Needs registry, and residents who register are recognized and planned for during emergency situations. All elderly and special needs individuals are strongly encouraged to register!
Emergency Notification Systems
Two emergency notification systems are available for registration so that individuals may be kept informed in the event of an emergency. These systems are NIXLE and the Everbridge Notification System. Please refer to the NIXLE / Everbridge webpage for further information about registering for these notification systems.
- As always, call 9-1-1- for any emergency situations.
- The first line of defense against the effects of a disaster is personal preparedness. During an emergency, the government and other agencies may not be able to meet your needs. It is important for all citizens to make their own emergency plans and prepare for their own care and safety in an emergency.
- Prepare for short- and long-term disasters by creating a basic emergency supply kit. The kit should include required medications, a three-day supply of food, water and other supplies to support you, your family and your pet in an emergency. You can find suggestions at the federal government’s website.
- Do STOCK food that does not require refrigeration or cooking, keep plenty of bottled water on hand, and have a supply of any necessary medications.
- Adverse weather can be devastating to everyone’s health, safety and well-being. Prepare now for alternative safe solutions to keeping cool or warm in the event of an extended power failure.
- In adverse conditions, look after your elderly neighbors and report your concerns to the Borough.
- Remember to make emergency preparation for your pets as well; more information on caring for pets in emergencies may be found on the Protecting Pets webpage.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills. For further information on the High Bridge CERT Team, visit the CERT webpage. The High Bridge CERT Team is looking for members; please check the CERT webpage.
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