Federal Committee To Learn From New Jersey's Experience In Superstorm Sandy
|For Immediate Release||Contact: Ernest Landante, Jr.|
|August 5, 2014||609-292-0422|
TRENTON - New Jersey Department of Children and Families Commissioner Allison Blake will serve on the new National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced.
The committee will provide advice and consultation on comprehensive planning and policies to meet the unique health needs of children before, during, and after a disaster or other public health emergency, according to HHS.
"This committee will provide important guidance and insight to ensure that children remain safe whenever and wherever disaster strikes," said Commissioner Blake. "I'm grateful to Secretary Burwell for this opportunity to share what New Jersey learned from Superstorm Sandy so that others can benefit from our experience."
Commissioner Blake has provided leadership to the state's recovery efforts for women, children, and families. She has also spearheaded efforts to better prepare child serving organizations for natural disasters and improve sheltering strategies for children and their families. Commissioner Blake has been committed to building partnerships and enhancing collaborative efforts through a public health approach with an emphasis on trauma-informed care.
"Ensuring the safety and well-being of our nation's children in the wake of disasters is vital to building resilience in every community," said Secretary Burwell. "We look forward to working with the committee toward this common goal."
The committee's first public meeting is scheduled for August 8 in Washington, D.C.
DCF is dedicated to ensuring a better today and an even greater tomorrow for every individual the department serves. In partnership with New Jersey's communities, DCF ensures the safety, well-being, and success of New Jersey's children and families. DCF funds and directly provides services and support to over 100,000 women, children and families each month.