Guide for Domestic Preparedness

Dear Neighbors,

The members of the Lindenwold Emergency Planning Committee have compiled this Guide to Domestic Preparedness as a basic tool for your use in planning your family’s emergency plan. It is suggested that you study each type of emergency that could affect and then make a list of what you would need to survive those events. Keep this guide for future reference.

Please be assured that the Borough of Lindenwold and its emergency service personnel are working in concert with public safety, communications and health agencies from the county, state and federal levels to coordinate a seamless system of disaster control plans.

We hope and pray that none of us will ever have to use the information in this guide, however, we also realize that planning in advance for any circumstances can save lives when minutes count. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions after reading this guide. You may also wish to visit any of the following web sites;

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
Federal Emergency Management Agency
The U.S. Dept of Homeland Security
Theden County Health Dept.

What should I do if told to prepare to evacuate?

Put together a disaster supplies kit for your family before disaster strikes. Include the following;

  • Prescription medications & medical information
  • Special dietary food if required
  • First Aid Kits, one for home & one for your car
  • Personal items, eyeglasses – hearing aids
  • Portable radio w/extra batteries
  • Small games & toys for children
  • Baby supplies such as food, formula & disposable diapers
  • Flashlight w/extra batteries
  • Food that does not need refrigeration/cooking
  • Checkbook/credit cards/cash
  • Papers and valuables such as Social Security Cards, Birth certificates (copies) Drivers License, Savings and checking accounts, stocks and bonds, inventory of household goods, marriage/death records and small valuables.

Keep these items in an airtight bag. Keep any items you would most likely need during any type of emergency or evacuation in an easy to carry container in a readily available location.

Pre-Evacuation Actions: 

  • Fill your car with gas, check car battery and oil.
  • Put your supply kit together/ some extra clothing
  • Secure outdoor lawn furniture & loose items (storm)
  • Notify relatives where you will be going
  • Turn off appliances and secure home
  • Prepare family for evacuation plan for at least 3 days
  • Listen to radio for instructions on evacuation routes and shelters.

Emergency Alert System Information (EAS) Radio

When Communities are threatened throughout New Jersey, emergency management offices will broadcast emergency information and a list of shelter locations closest to you on these stations.

  • KYW 1060 AM
  • WWDB 96.5 FM
  • WOGL 98.1 FM
  • NJ 101.5 FM
  • WPLY 100.3 FM
  • WPEN 950 AM
  • WPST 97.5 FM
  • WUSL 99.0 FM
  • WXTU 92.5 FM
  • WXPN 88.5 FM
  • WDAS 195.3 FM
  • WDRE 103.9 FM
  • WGMP 1210 AM
  • WIP 610 AM
  • WIOQ 102.1 FM
  • WJJZ 106.1 FM
  • WMMR 93.3 FM
  • WBEB 101.1 FM

What should I do if I'm alerted to an emergency? 

STAY CALM, DO NOT LISTEN TO RUMORS. Turn on your radio or TV to an Emergency Broadcast System station. DO NOT USE YOUR TELEPHONE UNLESS you have a personal emergency.

DO NOT GO TO SCHOOL TO PICK UP YOUR CHILDREN, our schools have an emergency plan in place to protect all students.

YOU may be alerted to a problem which MAY or MAY NOT pose an immediate danger to the community. You will be advised if there is a potential escalation into a more serious problem, STAND BY until you are advised of what action to take over the EBS or by local officials.

What should I do if I'm told to take shelter? 

If there is an emergency and our community is ordered to take shelter, STAY INSIDE AND CLOSE ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS. You need to follow these easy steps;

Prepare a shelter in-place kit:

  • Heavy Plastic and Duct Tape
  • Scissors-Towels
  • Flashlight with extra Batteries
  • Drinking Water in Sealed Containers
  • Non-perishable Foods and a Manual Can Opener

Place these items in a location known to all family members so that they can be gathered quickly in an emergency.

  1. Move people and pets indoors immediately.
  2. Close and lock all windows and doors. (locking provides a tighter seal)
  3. Turn off all heating, cooling and ventilation systems, including all window and attic fans.
  4. Go into one room of your house or work place. This room should have a telephone and either a television or radio.
  5. Place plastic and duct tape around all doors and windows in the room. Use heavy plastic that is large enough to cover the entire window or door. Plastic drop cloths are good to use for sheltering in place.
  6. Place wet towels at the bottom of the door to prevent leakage. Keep extra towels available. If you smell a chemical odor, cover your nose and mouth with a wet towel.
  7. Stay tuned to your radio or television for further instructions.
  8. If necessary, children in affected schools will be sheltered there. Parents SHOULD NOT try to pick them up unless advised to do so.
  9. Do not go outdoors unless absolutely necessary, if so, limit time spent outdoors and cover your mouth with a damp towel or cloth. When returning indoors, leave outer clothing outside. Wash your face and hands with mild soap and lukewarm water.
  10. Stay inside your closed room until you receive an all clear signal. When you receive that signal, open all doors and windows and go outside until your house or workplace is well ventilated.
  11. Use the telephone only for emergencies. Unnecessary calls may prevent essential and official information from getting to you.