News Flash

Cherry Hill Headlines

Posted on: September 27, 2013

Mayor's Message: Preparation is key to helping families, communities during emergencies

In the last several years, Cherry Hill and New Jersey as a whole have experienced our share of emergency events, from significant snowstorms a few winters ago, to Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy in 2011 and 2012.

Each event hit Cherry Hill with a different degree of severity; but each one affected people’s lives in pockets of our community for days – and, in the case of Sandy, for almost two weeks.

On the whole, our community has been fortunate. But our brushes with Mother Nature have taught us one critically important lesson: We must always be ready to face the worst-case scenario. Whether we’re up against a few days without electricity, or forced to evacuate our homes entirely, a little foresight can help to minimize the impact on ourselves and our loved ones.

With that in mind, the Ready Campaign and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have designated September as National Preparedness Month. Cherry Hill Township and the Cherry Hill Office of Emergency Management are committed helping spread this important message throughout our community, encouraging our own residents and businesses to be prepared.

The rule of thumb is to plan to be self-reliant for three days, without utilities, electricity, water service, access to supermarkets, pharmacies, and other local services.

Preparing starts with a few easy but important steps:

• Be informed. Identify sources of community information that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency.
o Monitor the Township website ( for news and emergency alerts and other important information. Sign up for email alerts by going to and selecting “Mayor’s Briefings,” “Cherry Hill Headlines” and “Emergency Alerts.”
o Follow Cherry Hill Township (@cherryhilltwp), the Cherry Hill Police Department (@cherryhillpd), and the Cherry Hill Fire Department (@cherryhillfire) on Facebook and Twitter for more frequent updates, especially during an event. Our sites are all public and can be viewed regardless of whether you have your own Facebook or Twitter account.
o Monitor the Cherry Hill School District public access channel, CHPS TV, on Comcast Channel 19, or Verizon FIOS Channel 24.
• Make a plan. Before disaster strikes, talk to your family about what you might do in different situations. Decide how you’ll relocate, if necessary, and how you will reunite and communicate with your family if you become separated. Go to for links to a Family Emergency Plan template and Emergency Contact Cards that you can fill out and give to your children.
• Build an emergency supply kit. Once again, contains helpful links and check lists to ensure you are adequately prepared with basics such as water, food, batteries and first-aid supplies, as well as items that may not see as obvious, like a car charger for your cell phone. Remember that every family is unique, and your plan should reflect your own personal needs. Families with infants may need extra supplies such a diapers or infant formula; those with pets should be sure to pack food and fresh water, and make plans for Fido to stay with a friend or relative outside the area in the event you are sent to a shelter. More importantly, be sure to account for the needs of any family members who need medication or specialized medical equipment, and those with special needs or mobility issues.
• Get involved. When disaster strikes, our first instinct is often to say, “How can I help?” Visit to find ways you can contribute to the community, and support emergency-relief organizations before, during and after an event. Preparedness takes a whole community.

The bottom line is that we never know when disaster will strike. Putting the right plans and resources in place when the weather is warm and the sun is shining can help minimize the impact to you and your loved ones.

Visit for more valuable information; if you have additional questions or concerns, the Cherry Hill Office of Emergency Management can be reached at (856) 432-8836, or

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Cherry Hill Headlines


How to Have an Eco-Friendly Holiday Season

Posted on: December 18, 2018

Road Work

Posted on: December 10, 2018

Emergency Road Work Notice

Posted on: November 30, 2018

2018 Santa Tour Kicks Off on December 8!

Posted on: December 1, 2018
holiday lighting flyer1

Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Posted on: November 30, 2018

Traffic Impact Updates

Posted on: November 29, 2018
Free Rabies Clinic

Free Rabies Clinic

Posted on: October 30, 2018
Thanksgiving - FB

Town Hall Closed for Thanksgiving

Posted on: November 16, 2018

Springdale Road Closed

Posted on: November 15, 2018

Road Work Impacts

Posted on: November 13, 2018
Leaf Collection 2018

Leaf Collection Schedule

Posted on: October 17, 2018

Kresson Road Construction

Posted on: October 29, 2018

Upcoming Road Impacts

Posted on: October 19, 2018

Road Work

Posted on: October 17, 2018

Road Closure

Posted on: October 4, 2018
Leaf Collection 2018

2018 Fall Leaf Collection Information

Posted on: October 3, 2018

Traffic Alert

Posted on: October 3, 2018

Road Closure: Morris Drive and Barby Lane

Posted on: September 28, 2018

Updates on Long-Term Road Work Project

Posted on: September 13, 2018

Bunker Hill Drive CLOSED to all traffic

Posted on: September 6, 2018

Woodcrest Road Work

Posted on: August 20, 2018
Copy of FB profile pic

Cherry Hill Restaurant Week Returns

Posted on: July 31, 2018

Traffic Alert - July 28 and July 31

Posted on: July 27, 2018

Traffic Update - July 16, 2018

Posted on: July 16, 2018

Road Work

Posted on: June 16, 2018

Traffic Advisory

Posted on: June 14, 2018

Cherry Hill Memorial Day Ceremony

Posted on: May 21, 2018
Traffic Alert

Road Work to Cause Delays

Posted on: May 3, 2018

Road Work to Cause Delays

Posted on: April 9, 2018

Snow Removal Information

Posted on: March 21, 2018
news release

News Release

Posted on: March 2, 2018

News Release

Posted on: February 27, 2018

Garden Park Blvd Closure

Posted on: February 27, 2018

Haddonfield-Berlin Road Lane Closures

Posted on: February 14, 2018

Mailing of property tax bill delayed

Posted on: July 17, 2017
Township Logo

Cherry Hill Plans Tax Cut for FY2018

Posted on: June 26, 2017

Township prepares for winter storm

Posted on: February 8, 2017

Recyclebank crediting to end on Dec. 31

Posted on: December 21, 2015

Trick-or-treating details for 2015

Posted on: October 13, 2015

Power-outage update from PSE&G

Posted on: June 23, 2015
Rosa Mathcounts 2-24-15.jpg

Mayor, Council honor Rosa MathCounts Team

Posted on: February 24, 2015

Town Council adopts public smoking ban

Posted on: November 26, 2012

Disaster assistance available through FEMA

Posted on: November 14, 2012

Weekly Column: Summer Safety

Posted on: July 18, 2012

Cherry Hill Arts Board Seeking Volunteers

Posted on: February 25, 2012

AARP Tax Help For Seniors At Township Hall

Posted on: February 25, 2012

Weekly Column: Focusing on Education

Posted on: February 17, 2012