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Hurricane Prep in Hoboken: A List of To-Dos

by Katherine Chaves Diaz
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It’s no secret that Hoboken (and the Gold Coast/NJ shoreline, in general) has seen its fair share of hurricanes in the last 10+ years. Hurricane season is upon us, running from June 1st to November 30th. It’s important that we be as prepared as possible for when the next storm comes in order to ensure the safety of ourselves and our community. Keep reading for tips on how you can prepare your home, vehicle, and loved ones for a hurricane in Hoboken.

This is a growing list. If you have additional resources to recommend, email hello@hobokengirl.com.

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Tips

  • Stay informed on storm predictions and forecasts.
  • Make a plan beforehand and make sure the whole family is prepared and informed, you may not always be together when a hurricane hits.
  • Build a hurricane kit (read on for further preparation to-dos for homes and vehicles).
  • Prepare to evacuate if need be.
  • Prepare a disaster travel kit for your pets.
  • Listen to your government officials, don’t go outside if it’s not safe.

Read More: Automated Flood Barricades are Coming to Hoboken This Fall

Hurricane Kit

A basic emergency hurricane kit should include at least the following recommended items:

  • Water
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Flashlight
  • First Aid Kit
  • Local Maps
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and an NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Multi-purpose tool such as a Leatherman
  • Masks (for everyone ages 2 and above), soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces
  • Extra cash

Apps to Download

Hurricane Tracker

The Weather Channel

FEMA

News 12

Supplies to Have on Hand

  • Portable Chargers
  • Copies of personal documents
  • Flashlights (not just phone flashlight)
  • Canned food
  • Bottled water
  • If you have a car, fill the gas tank
  • Generator
  • Emergency car kit
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Games + other activities
  • Pet food + supplies
  • Medications

Know the Flood-Prone Areas

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  • Park Avenue
  • Garden Street
  • Newark Street
  • Observer Highway
  • Clinton Street
  • 8th Street
  • Willow Avenue
  • River Street
  • 1st Street
  • Harrison Street
  • 2nd Street
  • Jackson Street
  • Monroe Street
  • Hudson Street
  • Madison Street
  • Grand Street
  • Adams Street
  • 9th Street
  • Hoboken Avenue
  • 14th Street

See More: Flooding Safety Tips: What to Do if Your Home Floods in Montclair + Beyond

Emergency Contact Numbers

  • Hoboken City Hall: (201) 420-2000
  • Hoboken Fire Department: (201) 420-2004
  • Hoboken Police Department: (201) 420-2100
  • City of Hoboken Police Department Ambulance Corps: (201) 420-2135
  • North Hudson Sewerage Authority: (201)-963-6043
  • American Red Cross: (973) 797-3300
  • PSEG (toll-free): (800) 436-7734
  • FEMA: (800) 621-3362

Local Flood Extraction Companies

Puroclean

TRX Water Damage Restoration

SERVPRO

Floodco.USA

Dry on Time

Cross Country Restoration

General Emergency Planning Tips

While we hope we’ll never need to evacuate from or respond to a natural disaster, it’s always smart to prepare your home and vehicle should you ever find yourself in one of these unfortunate situations. Thanks to Todd Maloof from PRIME Real Estate Group, here are some suggestions to ensure you’re prepared for a natural disaster.

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Outside

  • Trim branches that could fall on your home and move outdoor plants/furniture so they won’t become airborne
  • Test generators + have enough fuel on hand beforehand
  • Always close windows and check for loose shutters
  • Make sure downspout extensions are properly attached to drainpipes

Inside

  • Have a flashlight (with extra batteries) for everyone in the house
  • Charge phones
  • Have water and non-perishable food in case of lost power
  • Have a specific shelter room set up with food, water, blankets, and other supplies
  • Pack clothing for a week for each family member

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Basics to Have on Hand

  • First aid kit
  • Blanket
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • Cell phone charger
  • Bottled water
  • Window hammer
  • Flares or reflective triangle
  • Jumper cables
  • Spare tire

During the Winter

  • Have cat litter or sand for traction
  • Keep a shovel in the car
  • Have an ice scraper
  • Have Antifreeze
  • Keep extra gloves

During an Evacuation 

  • Have a full tank of gas
  • Check oil and wiper fluid

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