Commissioner O'Dowd: Celebrate National Preparedness Month
Preparedness is everyone’s responsibility:
Whether it is getting ready for a disease outbreak like H1N1 influenza, preparing for a hurricane or a blizzard or protecting your family against bioterror agents like anthrax, preparing for a public health emergency is everyone’s responsibility.
Though some people feel it is impossible to be prepared for unexpected events, the truth is that taking preparedness actions helps people deal with disasters of all sorts much more effectively when they do occur.
The New Jersey Department of Health has developed plans and procedures to prepare and respond to all threats to our public health.
We have also developed a wealth of information and educational materials to help you prepare.
Take your responsibility seriously and help protect your family, your community, your state.
Are You Prepared?
The New Jersey Department of Health, in collaboration with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Red Cross, offer the following information on how families and individuals can prepare for all types of emergencies.
Get An Emergency Kit:
Every family should have an emergency kit created that will help them survive in their house or at a shelter for several days to a week.
The emergency kit includes the basics for survival: fresh water, food, clean air, and warmth.
To prepare and maintain an emergency k, print the DOH Emergency Supply Checklist. [English PDF 45k] [Español PDF 45k]
Make an Emergency Plan:
Make plans with your family and friends in case you're not together during an emergency. Discuss how you'll contact each other, where you'll meet, and what you'll do in different situations.
Learn how to make an Emergency Plan in Ready Together New Jersey, DOH’ Public Health Guide to Emergency Planning.
Ready Together New Jersey is a comprehensive guide that features a wealth of information on all aspects of planning for all health emergencies.
Being prepared means staying informed. Check all types of media – Web sites, newspapers, radio, TV, mobile and land phones – for global, national and local information. During an emergency, your local Emergency Management or Emergency Services office will give you information on such things as open shelters and evacuation orders.
The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services website serves as a resources for all health-related information in New Jersey and will provide updates during incidents.
Make sure to bookmark www.nj.gov/health on your personal computers.
Getting involved is one of the best ways to stay prepared and protect you and your family. Consider taking first aid and emergency response training, participating in community exercises, and volunteering to support local first responders. Consider joining your local Medical Reserve Corps, which coordinates activities through volunteers to make communities safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to public health emergencies