Ocean County Press Release
TOMS RIVER – A free Emergency Preparedness Training for Adults with Disabilities and their Families and Caretakers is scheduled to take place on March 24 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Council, 1405 Old Freehold Road, here. The event is sponsored by The Ocean County Board of Freeholders and the Ocean County Department of Human Services.
Registration is limited. Contact Cheryl Meyer at 732-506-5374 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If special accommodations are needed, please indicate when registering.
"When it comes to the health and overall wellness of a person with a disability and their family, disaster and emergency preparedness must be taken into consideration," said Ocean County Freeholder Virginia E. Haines, who serves as liaison to the Department of Human Services. "It is essential that people make plans to protect themselves in the event of disasters."
Traci Burton, Program Manager of Disability Health & Wellness from the New Jersey Division of Disability Services will be presenting at the event.
Once the training is complete, each household will receive a "Go-Bag" which includes items such as: a body warmer blanket, flashlight, and a whistle.
Haines said a "Go Bag" is an important item when ensuring emergency preparedness for everyone, and especially individuals with disabilities. Having a bag packed with essential items, kept ready for use in the event of an emergency allows for a quick evacuation of one's home.
"This event is a great opportunity for residents to learn about emergency preparedness," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, "I applaud the Department of Human Services for developing a program that will help meet the needs of our adults with disabilities and their families."