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Emergency Management

The next time disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act. Please prepare now for a sudden emergency.

Emergencies can be broken down into several categories. Those that can cause you to take shelter in your home for days, even weeks, those that cause you to evacuate your home and those that can trap you in your vehicle or a sheltering place away from your home.

Saddle River emergency managers, working closely with federal, state, county and local officials have put together this compendium of emergency information and checklists for different types of emergencies, to get you started as you plan ahead for emergencies that can occur in our area.

A weather emergency or disaster and its after-effects can last for days, during which you may be without heat, water, power, or telephones.

Use the Emergency Preparedness Checklists included on our website to make sure you have everything you need to stay inside your home for as long as a week if necessary.

To prepare for an emergency that requires you to evacuate your home:

Make arrangements to stay with a relative or friend who lives 10 to 50 miles away, in case you have to evacuate your home during an emergency. If you cannot make these arrangements, locations of temporary shelters where you can stay during an emergency, can be obtained from the American Red Cross or the Saddle River Office of Emergency Management.

An "All-Purpose" Checklist:
Use the following checklist to be sure that your family is prepared for any type of emergency:


  • Warm clothing that can be worn in layers
  • Extra blankets/sleeping bags
  • Portable radio / flashlight / extra batteries
  • First aid kit & prescription medications
  • An extra pair of eyeglasses, and lists of items and important family papers to take with you
  • Non-perishable, high energy food that can be eaten without cooking
  • A supply of drinking, cooking & bathing water
  • Extra towels or paper toweling
  • Extra baby supplies, if caring for infants
  • Extra prescription medications and supplies, if caring for elderly or infirm
  • Extra food and supplies for pets
  • A fully charged fire extinguisher and battery powered smoke detectors that work

The Emergency 9-1-1 telephone system should be used "When Seconds Count." In other words; ONLY if Life or Property is threatened.

For Non-Emergency questions and information concerning the preparations for an emergency, please call the appropriate number during business hours, Monday through Friday.

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