Pilot Program Coinciding With National Preparedness Month Will Target Seniors First
As part of National Preparedness Month, Assembly Homeland Security Committee Chair Annette Quijano is partnering with the United Way of Greater Union County to launch an awareness campaign aimed at helping New Jersey residents prepare themselves to tackle unforeseen emergencies.
“New Jersey is no stranger to emergencies, whether it’s manmade or natural disasters,” said Quijano (D-Union). “The recent anniversaries of September 11th and Hurricane Irene are potent reminders of why we can never be too prepared. The federal government offers many helpful tips to help residents identify risks and adequately prepare for them.”
The first in a series of events was held Friday at an Elizabeth senior center where approximately 250 senior citizens were on hand to learn about emergency preparedness from public safety representatives, including State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes, as well as state Office of Emergency Management officials and local fire and police personnel.
“Everybody should take a moment to review the federal government’s recommendations for preparing their family for an emergency. I’m pleased that we could bring these resources directly to our seniors to help prepare them for any added challenges they might face,” added Quijano.
Training at the events is being presented by the American Red Cross. Seniors at the Elizabeth event received a sample Emergency “Go Bag,” which was made possible through various donations from corporate sponsors and non-profit organizations.
Taking a cue from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Centers for Disease Control, the Assemblywoman is urging residents to take the following steps: 1. Get a kit 2. Make a plan 3. Be informed.
The Assemblywoman is also planning events at senior centers in every town throughout her legislative district throughout September and the beginning of October. The awareness campaign events are part of a pilot program that will continue the throughout the year, with the hope of expanding it to include all residents.