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Emergency Preparedness Checklists

Home HAZARD Hunt


In a disaster, ordinary items in the home can cause injury and damage. Anything that can fall, break or cause a fire is a potential hazard.

  • Do NOT store propane, gasoline, kerosene or flammable products inside your home.
  • Repair defective electrical wiring & leaky gas connections.
  • Fasten shelves securely.
  • Place large and heavy objects on lower shelves.
  • Hang pictures & mirrors away from beds.
  • Brace overhead light fixtures.
  • Secure the water heater to wall studs.
  • Repair cracks in ceilings or foundations.
  • Store weed killers, pesticides, lubricants and other flammable products away from heat sources and outside your home.
  • Place oily rags in covered metal cans.
  • Clean & repair chimneys, flue pipes, gas vents and vent connectors.

Prepare Your Vehicle for Emergencies


At all times keep in your vehicle:

  • An adequate supply of fuel.
  • Blankets or sleeping bags, wool hat, gloves and socks, rain gear & extra coat.
  • A first-aid kit.
  • A flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Drinking water and non-perishable food that can be eaten without cooking.
  • A sack of sand, tow rope, windshield scraper, booster cables, shovel, tools, compass, and maps.
  • Waterproff matches and a metal can or container you can melt snow in.
  • Extra charged battery for your cell-phone.

A Checklist for people with Special Needs


Saddle River, like many communities, asks persons with special needs and disabilities to provide information so that if needed, help can be provided quickly in an emergency. Contact the Police Department at (201) 327-5300 and speak to Officer Tom Psota about any special needs or concerns.

  • If you currently use a personal care attendant obtained from an agency, check to see if the agency has special provisions for emergencies (e.g., providing services at another location should you be required to leave your home).
  • Meet with household members or your personal care attendant. Discuss the dangers of fire, severe weather, earthquakes and other emergencies that might occur in our community.
  • Learn what to do in case of power outages and personal injuries. Know how to connect or start a backup power supply for essential medical equipment.
  • If you or someone in your household uses a wheelchair or other mobility device, make more than one exit from your home device accessible in case the primary exit is blocked in an emergency.
  • Teach those who may need to assist you in an emergency how to operate necessary equipment.
  • Arrange for a relative or neighbor to check on you in an emergency.
  • Consider getting a medical alert system that will allow you to call for help if you are immobilized in an emergency.
  • Pick one out-of-state and one local friend or relative for family members to call if separated by disaster.

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