The Local Emergency
Management Council is and has been pro-active in
preparing for emergency situations, e.g. floods,
hurricanes, hazardous materials, severe snowstorms,
transportation accidents or terrorism.
The attached brochure
provides detailed information on steps you can take to
protect yourself, your family and your home.
Please read the brochure carefully.
Ho-Ho-Kus has a town-wide
emergency system in place that will call every residence
with a listed phone number.
If your phone number is unlisted, you must supply
your phone number in order to be notified.
To register an unlisted phone number, call the
Ho-Ho-Kus Police Department at 201-652-1700.
As good as federal, state
and local governments and organizations are at planning
for emergencies and for keeping people safe, they CANNOT
do it alone.
Residents within the community MUST PLAN
AHEAD and make their own personal emergency
action plans so that they know what to do and how to
do it whether the emergency is hurricane, fire or
even a terrorist attack.
It is important to PLAN AHEAD for emergencies.
From Jay Ludwig,
The purpose of this letter is to provide you and
your family some important information regarding the
actions you will need to take in the event of a global
pandemic or other major health emergency. The Emergency
Management Office is in the process of establishing a
Point of Distribution also known as a POD. The State and
County Health Depts. are responsible for monitoring the
health of New Jersey citizens and planning for statewide
prophylaxis and vaccination. If and when medications
need to be distributed to the public the Ho-Ho-Kus OEM
will notify you through our town’s telephone alert
system on when and where to proceed to the POD for
We are reaching out for volunteers to help us
operate our POD and are looking for people with a
medical or health background who might be interested in
helping us. Each town will be responsible for reaching
out to their community for volunteers. If you are
interested in helping us please, contact the Borough
Hall or OEM Coordinator.
In the mean time we recommend that you prepare your
family and household in the event of a global pandemic
or health emergency. Create a medical history for each
family member so you will have it available when you
visit the POD, especially if you have a serious health
condition or allergy. A Checklist for planning for a
Pandemic Flu can be found on the State’s website at www.NJFluPandemic.gov
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Program educates people about disaster preparedness for
all types of hazards that may impact their area and
trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as
fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization,
terrorism awareness, and disaster medical operations.
The Ho-Ho-Kus CERT organization has received the
Presidential Volunteer Service Award for every year
since the Team's inception in 2005. Please click on the link,
http://ho-ho-kuscert.org, to get
more information about the Ho-Ho-Kus CERT group and
check the website for information on upcoming classes,
joining the group, and the many activities in which the
Fire Department - Ho-Ho-Kus Volunteer
If a fire starts while you are asleep, smoke and heat can kill
you unless you plan in advance on how to escape from your
bedroom...in seconds. We urge everyone to practice Home Fire
Escape Planning. We are here to assist you, remember NO
insurance policy gives back life, but your FIRE DRILLS can!
Your family needs YOU to prepare a FIRE ESCAPE PLAN. The Fire
Department holds an open house every October - look for the
notice and take the opportunity to visit.
Enclosed with this package is a questionnaire for your family
and home. Please take a few minutes to fill this in. You may
drop this off or mail it to the Borough Hall and we will
forward it to the Fire Department.
If you are interested in joining the department, stop by the
Fire House on a Tuesday evening and speak to the members.
Click on the following links for
additional fire safety information.
AAA has a publication called "Digest of Motor Laws" that can be
obtained by calling 261-7900. The closest Motor Vehicle Agency is in
"Refrigerator" cards are available by calling 652-1700. You can fill
these cards out with your medical information and place them on your
refrigerator for emergency use by the Police Department and
Valley Hospital has a form for "Life Line" that is sent to and
maintained by the Police Department. You can call Valley Hospital
for more information.
The Ambulance Corps is an
independent organization operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,
which is dispatched by the Police Department. It is staffed entirely
by volunteers; there is never a fee for its services.
The primary function of the
Ambulance Corps is to provide emergency medical services to the
people of Ho-Ho-Kus. Members are trained to New Jersey State
standards, are required to pass state tests, and are certified by
the state Department of Health. The training, testing, and
certification include such areas as first aid, cardio-pulmonary
resuscitation (CPR), emergency childbirth, and extrication from
motor vehicle accidents. Members also undergo supplemental training
in other areas beyond those mandated by the state.
In addition, the Corps provides
when possible non- emergency transportations of patients to and from
hospitals and nursing homes.
The Corps also maintains a stock of
invalid equipment, such as crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, and other
home health care equipment, which it loans to residents at no
If you need any of these services
call the Ho-Ho-Kus Police Department at
201-652-1700, and they will
We always need new members. If you are interested, we will be glad
to talk to you. Contact through the Ho-Ho-Kus Police or call
201-652-4400 extension 223.
A SAFETY ZONE has been established in front of the school on Lloyd
Road. This area between the entrance and exit driveways onto Lloyd
Road has been posted, "NO PARKING EXCEPT TO LOAD OR UNLOAD
PASSENGERS". The curb is painted yellow as a reminder. This has
already helped to facilitate safe and efficient traffic flow. For
the safety of all our children, we ask that you obey regulations and
not stop in traffic, double park or leave your vehicle unattended.
For those with special transportation needs, the Police Department
will be happy to assist with appropriate arrangements with the
Suggestions to help reduce the possibility of accidents/injuries
Be patient and drive very carefully, especially
through Safety Zone.
Do not block crosswalk where School Guard is on post.
Do not attempt to pull into small space at 45? angle that requires
backing out into traffic.
Load your children into the rear seat on the curbside, buckle them
up and control their entry and exit from your vehicle.
Instruct your child to stand and wait at a predetermined location,
especially during inclement weather.
If you can not find a safe location to load and unload your
children, drive further south on Lloyd Road and park.
BE SURE YOUR CHILD KNOWS THE CAR & DRIVER WHOM YOU
MAY SEND TO PICK THEM UP!
Any doubts, they should return to the School. If a possible problem
appears to exist, call the Ho-Ho-Kus Police Department at 201-
up for safety
on, lights on
for pedestrians in crosswalks