Christie Administration Provides Emergency Radios To County EMS Coordinators To Improve Preparedness
Trenton, NJ - As part of the Christie Administration's efforts to improve communication and coordination during emergencies, New Jersey Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd today presented 21 County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Coordinators with portable radios to ensure 24/7 communication when landline and cellphone systems fail.
Have an emergency kit: Everyone should be prepared to have enough supplies for several days. Emergency kits should include the basics for survival including non-perishable food, water, medicine (both over-the-counter and prescription, if possible), flashlight, transistor radio, batteries, phone chargers, baby supplies and other special medical needs.
For an extensive list of how to put a family emergency kit together, visit http://nj.gov/health/er/documents/kit.pdf.
Make an emergency plan: Families should have an emergency plan that includes all family members and friends in case family members are separated when an emergency occurs. Plans should spell out how to contact each other, where everyone will meet and what to do in various situations.
An emergency plan should also include a comprehensive contact list that includes school and health care information as well as family information. Make sure this list is updated often as cell phone numbers may change.
Learn how to use a generator safely: Portable generators are useful when temporary or remote electric power is needed, but they can be hazardous. The primary hazards to avoid when using them are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock or electrocution, and fire. Always follow manufacturer guidelines and learn how use generators safely. http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/co/generator.shtm
More information on disaster preparedness is available at the New Jersey State Office of Emergency Management's website: avhttp://www.state.nj.us/njoem/ and on the State Department of Health's website: http://www.state.nj.us/health/news/2012/approved/20120914a.html