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About Emergency Preparedness
The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities recognizes that it is important for people with developmental disabilities – particularly those living in independent living or group home arrangements – to be prepared if and when emergencies arise, and to have a clear idea of what to do in such a situation.
An emergency is defined as any sudden danger which requires a person to take immediate action.
Types of emergencies include:
Pandemic Illnesses (Illnesses that can make many people sick in a short period of time)
Ways in which we hear about emergencies:
Friends & Neighbors
Police or Emergency Workers
Emergency Preparedness Information
- A Guide to the Disaster Declaration Process
- Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) – Handbook
- Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) – Toolkit
- Disaster Assistance Quick Resource List
- Disaster Legal Services
- Hope Coalition Aamerica: Financial Assistance Services – Hurricane Sandy
- Hope Coalición América: Servicios Gratuitos – Hurricane Sandy (en español)
- Guide – Help After A Disaster
- Guide -Ayuda después de un desastre (en español)
Emergency Preparedness Guide
To be prepared for when emergencies occur, it is important to MAKE A PLAN.
The NJCDD has prepared an emergency preparedness guide which outlines important information that people with developmental disabilities need to know in order to be prepared for emergencies.
You can download the Council’s Emergency Preparedness Guide Here.
The Council has also created a travel-sized booklet for people with developmental disabilities which provides a detailed outline of important information that emergency aid workers should know when assisting them. Designed to fit easily inside a wallet or shirt pocket, this booklet can be filled out by the individual or their caregiver and kept with them at all times, in case an emergency should arise.
To request emergency profile cards or other emergency preparedness materials or resources, contact the NJCDD.
Emergency Preparedness Resources
- NJ County Offices for the Disabled
- NJ Dept. of Human Services – Hurricane Relief Information
- The American Red Cross | 866-438-4636
- NJ Disaster Mental Health Helpline & NJ Mental Health Cares
- NJ Div. of Fire Safety
- NJ Department of Law & Public Safety
- NJ Office of Emergency Management
- NJ State Police
609-882-2000 (In case of emergency, DIAL 911)
- NJ Dept. of Homeland Security
- NJ Register Ready
- US Dept. of Homeland Security
- Disability Preparedness Resource Center
- NJ Find-A-Ride
- Residential Disability & Oxygen Emblems Program
The NJ Division of Fire Safety distributes, free of charge, emblems which can be displayed to informall emergency response workers of an oxygen hazard or disabled occupant needing assistance. “Oxygen in Use” emblems are mandated by state law. NOTE: It is unlawful for a property owner to evict an oxygen-user form a rental property soley on the basis of oxygen use, as long as the oxygen is stored and used appropriately.