Emergency Planning


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, OEM Coordinator                  




Pandemic Planning


Dear Resident,


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 medication. 


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 Team participates.


A new CERT class is starting on September 8, 2014. See the flyer below for specifics regarding Ho-Ho-Kus residents.

CERT is about readiness—people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through proper training, citizens can manage utilities (electric, gas, water) and put out small fires; treat the three killers of humans by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective resources..

In short, CERT teams “stand in the gap” until the professional responders are able to effectively and efficiently respond. Our training will be conducted to meet the needs of all residents, because we believe that there is a place in CERT for everyone in our Borough. Fundamentally, everyone can benefit from disaster preparedness education and training.




Stanley A. Kober, KC2ZXB


CERT/BCRACES Deputy Liaison Officer


CERT Program Manager (T-T-T)

Borough of Ho-Ho-Kus

333 Warren Avenue

Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423

TEL: 201-445-1121








Fire Department - Ho-Ho-Kus Volunteer web site

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.

House Safety                                                     Extension Cord Safety

Fire Extinguishers                                             Fire Sprinklers

Smoke Detectors                                               Quick Tips

Tips for Outside Fire Safety


Police Department

AAA has a publication called "Digest of Motor Laws" that can be obtained by calling 261-7900. The closest Motor Vehicle Agency is in Wyckoff.

"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 Ambulance Corps.

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.

Ambulance Corp                                          Website:   www.HHKVAC.org


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 charge.


If you need any of these services call the Ho-Ho-Kus Police Department at

201-652-1700, and they will contact us.


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.


School Safety

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 School.

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.


Any doubts, they should return to the School. If a possible problem appears to exist, call the Ho-Ho-Kus Police Department at 201- 652-1700


Buckle up for safety
Wipers on, lights on
Stop for pedestrians in crosswalks