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September 21, 2005

Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D.

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Tom Slater

DHSS Releases Spanish-Language Edition of Citizen’s Guide to Public Health Emergency Planning
September is National Emergency Preparedness Month



 The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has released a Spanish-language edition of Ready Together New Jersey (Todos Listos Nueva Jersey), a guide to help residents prepare for public health emergencies.


“The recent events of Hurricane Katrina, as well as September 11, 2001, remind us that every family should prepare at home for any and all types of health emergencies,” said DHSS Commissioner Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D. “Ready Together New Jersey is a small booklet offering valuable information and resources for New Jerseyans. Every individual and family in New Jersey should have a copy.”


Ready Together New Jersey provides information on assembling an emergency kit and creating a personalized action plan. The guide includes telephone numbers and web addresses for agencies that provide information during an emergency. With Ready Together New Jersey, residents can record key personal information on a tear-out wallet card that can be kept with them at all times.


DHSS distributed nearly two million copies of the English version earlier this year.

Individuals or organizations interested in receiving a copy of Ready Together New Jersey or Todos Listos Nueva Jersey can call their local health department. To download a copy, or to get more information on New Jersey’s preparedness efforts, visit the DHSS website at

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