Preparing for Emergencies

Prepare for emergencies with these resources:

Sign Up for Emergency Alerts

Sign up for emergency alerts from Morris County and your town! You can receive alerts via email, text, phone, or social media.

If you, or someone you know, has a disability or access and functional needs, sign up for NJ Register Ready. This allows New Jersey residents with special needs and their families, friends, caregivers and associates an opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies so emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency.

Register Your Information with 911

Smart911 allows residents to create a Safety Profile for their household that includes vital information that you want 9-1-1 call takers and emergency responders to have in the event of an emergency.

Residents can offer as much or as little personal or business information as they wish. 

Sign up at

Family Preparedness Basics

Is your family prepared for a public health emergency or disaster?

Preparedness for Seniors

Are you a senior? Get these Emergency Preparedness for Seniors tips from Atlantic Health.

Preparedness Brochures

Get important local phone numbers, hospital information and more in our preparedness brochure. Download it in English(PDF, 648KB) or Spanish(PDF, 543KB).

Mental Health Emergencies

Prepare for mental health emergencies. The Human Services Response Network page has a list of phone numbers and contacts for psychiatric emergencies, information & benefits, and counseling services.

Weather Emergencies

Learn about different types of weather emergencies and how to prepare, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

  • Extreme Heat
  • Most heat disorders occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat.
  • Floods
    Be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live or work.
  • Hurricanes
    Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and several hundred miles inland.
  • Thunderstorms
    On average in the U.S., lightning kills 51 people and injures hundreds more a year.
  • Tornadoes
    Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms.
  • Tsunamis
    A tsunami can strike anywhere along most of the U.S. coastline.
  • Winter Storms & Extreme Cold
    Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region.

Other Threats

Learn about other types of emergencies and how to prepare, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

  • Biological Threat
    A biological attack is the deliberate release of germs or other biological substances that can make you sick.
  • Blackouts
    Blackouts can happen anywhere, and to anyone, so being prepared is important.
  • Chemical Threat
    Chemical agents are poisonous vapors, aerosols, liquids and solids that have toxic effects on people, animals or plants.
  • Earthquakes
    One of the most frightening and destructive phenomena of nature is a severe earthquake and its terrible aftereffects.
  • Explosions
    Terrorists have frequently used explosive devices as one of their most common weapons.
  • Fires
    Each year more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in home fires in the United States.
  • Landslide and Debris Flow (Mudslide)
    Landslides occur in all U.S. states and territories.
  • Nuclear Explosion
    All nuclear devices cause deadly effects when exploded.
  • Radiation Threat
    Nearly 3 million Americans live within 10 miles of an operating nuclear power plant.
  • Volcanoes
  • Active volcanoes in the U.S. are found mainly in Hawaii, Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
  • Wildfires
    Wildfires often begin unnoticed, usually triggered by lightning or accidents.