September Is National Preparedness Month: NJOEM And NJDEP Remind The Public To Be Prepared For More Weather Emergencies Due To Climate Change
TRENTON – To recognize the start of National Preparedness Month and the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, State Police Superintendent and Director of Emergency Management Patrick J. Callahan and Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette today urged the public to practice responsible planning for before, during and after hurricanes and other extreme weather events that have become more frequent as a result of climate change.
|“In an era where severe weather and climate change converge, hurricane preparedness isn’t just a choice, it’s our responsibility. Together, we must adapt, mitigate, and stand resilient to the changing tides, and ensure our future remains as resilient as our determination,” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan. “Through proactive readiness, continued collaboration with our emergency management and technical partners, and a deeper understanding of severe weather, we can continue protecting lives, safeguarding our communities, and securing our future.”
“While the focus is on hurricanes during this time of the year, other intense weather events from tornadoes to wildfires to inland flash flooding and landslides have become more common as a result of climate change and we urge everyone to be diligent throughout the year by being as prepared as possible for these disasters,” said Commissioner LaTourette. “DEP climate scientists provide valuable insight into weather trends and help ensure the public can best keep themselves and their loved ones safe in light of increasingly unpredictable and extreme weather.”
Prepare for future weather emergencies by following these tips provided by the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management:
Prepare for increasing climate change-related risks by following these tips provided by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection:
PHOTO/Knowlton, Warren County landslide damage, July 2023