Ocean County Mental Health Board's
Emergency Response Committee (ERC)
|Tracy Maksel, Coordinator|
What is the ERC?
Ocean County Emergency Response Committee (ERC) is a Subcommittee of the
Countys Mental Health Board. The ERC was established in the late
1980s in response to traumatic events that affected our communities.
Some of those early issues the ERC addressed include: developing a geriatric
task force; responding to and providing education about the tragedy of
youth suicide; and reaching out to local clergy regarding trauma in the
Over the years the ERC and its Response Team have become more defined in their role and purpose. The ERC seeks to provide for a timely and coordinated response effort ensuring that disaster crisis counseling is available to all victims of traumatic events, regardless of situation or population involved. A response is made only when requested and is never intended to interfere with the natural and existing support systems that are already in place. Protocols have been developed and are strictly adhered to giving the ERC and its Response Team a specific mission, direction, and a clear course of action to follow.
ERC responders have
been professionally trained in disaster mental health, incident command
and are continually engaged in ongoing education. Ocean County's ERC
also participates in the New Jersey Division of Mental Health Services
- Disaster & Terrorism Branch's Disaster Crisis Counselor certification
process. There are over fifty volunteer members from a variety of backgrounds
that participate in this County-wide coordinated effort.
ERC Resources & Links
Response Team Overview
All Hazards Plan
How to Become DRCC Certified
Updating Your DRCC Application/Profile for Training & Responses
Ocean County OEM
Disaster Response Crisis Counselor Portal
FEMA Training Institute (ICS/NIMS)
NJDMHS Disaster & Terrorism Branch
Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group
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