HIGHLANDS, NJ - We are working to ensure that our Borough and Volunteer staff is prepared to respond effectively should the storm impact our area. In an effort to ensure public safety, we ask that our residents do the sam.

Highlands OEM Storm Preparations – These are some of the necessary steps that will be taken in preparation of potential hazardous weather conditions this weekend.

1) Tuesday 29th – meeting with Borough Officials to discuss hazardous weather outlook for upcoming weekend.
2) Tuesday 29th – Staff and equipment status checks and reports.
3) Tuesday 29th - Dissemination of OEM official information begins on OEM Facebook page to the public.
4) Wednesday 30th – Dissemination of official information continues through the Borough Departments and the general public to monitor the situation and make preparations.
5) Wednesday 30th – Correspondence and discussions with Monmouth County OEM and surrounding communities about potential weather impacts to our area and region.
6) Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th – Continually monitor the situation and weather map discussions, continue with all additional necessary preparations, continue disseminating necessary information via Highlands OEM reverse 911 system, www.highlandsnj.us, Highlands OEM Facebook, Twitter, Comcast cable, radio, and other social media outlets, stage equipment and resources in necessary locations as required, all staff and equipment in a state of readiness, final checks of emergency operations center communications, meet with staff and department heads, implement road closure plans if necessary, issue state of emergency and evacuation orders if they become necessary, continuously monitor the situation and make necessary changes/adjustments.

Borough of Highlands residents who live in flood prone areas are particularly being urged to stay aware and plan, before a potential storm strikes. Those residents are usually affected by tidal flooding and/or heavy rains and have the highest risk for flooding.
Steps that all residents can take are:

Plan & Prepare
• All residents should have a family disaster plan ready. Know where you will be evacuating to, and plan ahead to stay with family and friends or lodging outside the area. Be sure to provide shelter for your pets and notify friends and family of your plans.
• Bring all outdoor items such as garbage cans, lawn furniture and other items inside prior to the storm.
• Remove debris and keep trees trimmed.
• Inspect outside drains to make sure they are free of clogging.
• Secure and board up windows in your home.
• Cars and boats should be moved to higher ground before exiting your home.
• Store valuables and important documents in a waterproof safety deposit box in the highest level of your home.
• Make sure generators are in working condition. Do not run them indoors.
• Before evacuating, check with your utility company in advance to find out what should be turned off.
• Make sure your car has a full tank of gas, cells phones are fully charged, prescription medications are filled and have enough money, clothes, blankets, diapers, formula and personal items to get you through several days.
• Prior to leaving, unplug appliances, lock your home and do not return until the area is deemed safe.