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Emergency Preparedness and Planning for People with Disabilities

For those individuals who have disabilities or for those caring for individuals with disabilities, emergencies can present real challenges. Preparing and planning for emergencies is the best way to help cope with an emergency. Below are some basic steps to prepare for an emergency:

Make a Personal Disaster Plan: This will help you organize information you will need and activities you will do during and after a disaster. Include an evacuation plan and identify safe places to go during an emergency. Also, consider registering with the Special Needs Registration Program (Register Ready) which notifies first responders where you are in case of an emergency. This information is kept confidential.

Prepare an Emergency Kit: Prepare a kit of emergency supplies such as water, food, flashlight, first aid kit, blanket, etc. Also consider medications and other medical supplies, such as oxygen or eyeglasses, that you will need.

Prepare an Emergency Information List: This list will let others know whom to call when a disaster strikes. This list should also include medical information such as medications and physicians.

These are just some basic steps to assist individuals in preparing for an emergency. For more specific information and to assist in preparing an emergency plan, please visit the American Red Cross website at:


Emergency Preparedness Tips for Individuals with Disabilities from NJ Office of Emergency Management

Useful Publications

Disaster Legal Services

Disaster Assistance Quick Resource List

Disaster Preparedness: People Who Use Oxygen

Guide to the Disaster Declaration Process

Help After Disaster - English Version

Help After Disaster - Spanish Version

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Disaster SNAP Guidance

County Emergency Management Offices

The County Emergency Management Offices collaborate with municipalities, first responders, local police departments and local health departments to share the responsibility for protecting their citizens from disasters, and for helping them to recover when a disaster strikes.

County Emergency Management Offices Listing

Atlantic County: (609) 641-0111 or www.aclink.org/oep/homepage.asp

Bergen: (201) 646-2705 or www.bcoem.org

Burlington: (609) 518-7200 or www.geocities.com/burlcntyoem

Camden: (856) 783-4808 x 6200 or www.co.camden.nj.us

Cape May: (609) 463-6570 or www.co.cape-may.nj.us

Cumberland: (856) 455-9515 or www.ccoem.org

Essex: (973) 621-4111 or www.essexoem.org

Gloucester: (856) 307-7100 or www.co.gloucester.nj.us/government/departments

Hudson: (201) 319-3871

Hunterdon: (908) 788-1196 or www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/911/oem.htm

Mercer: (609) 799-8868 or www.mercercounty.org

Middlesex: (732) 316-7100 or www.co.middlesex.nj.us

Monmouth: (732) 431-7911 or www.shore.com.monmouth.nj.us/publicworks/emergencymanagement.htm

Morris: (973) 285-2900 or www.morrisoem.org

Ocean: (732) 341-3451 or www.co.ocean.nj.us

Passaic: (973) 881-7500 or www.passaiccountynj.org

Salem: (856) 769-2959 or www.co.salem.nj.us

Somerset: (908) 725-5070 or www.co.somerset.nj.us/health.html

Sussex: (973) 579-0888 or www.sussexcountysheriff.org

Union: (908) 654-9800 or www.ucnj.org

Warren: (908) 835-2080 or www.co.warren.nj.us/publicsafety

Progressive Center for Independent Living

The Progressive Center for Independent Living, Inc. (PCIL) advocates with local first responders, the NJ Office of Emergency Management, and New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD) to ensure that the needs of people with disabilities during a disaster are met. For additional information please contact:

Mercer County

1262 Whitehorse-Hamilton Road
Madison Corporate
Building A, Suite
Hamilton, NJ 08690

Phone: 609-581-4500
Fax: 609-581-4555
TTY: 609-581-4550
Toll free: 877-917-4500

Hunterdon County

4 Walter Foran Blvd., Suite 410
Flemington, N.J. 08822
Phone: 908-782-1055
FAX: 908-782-6025
TTY: 908-782-1081
Toll free: 1-877-376-9174

Suggested Links

Accessible Emergency Information

American Red Cross

Federal Emergency Information

Federal Emergency Management Agencey (FEMA)

National Council on Disability: Effective Emergency Management: Making Improvements for Communities and People with Disabilities

NJ Office of Emergency Management

Progressive Center for Independent Living

Traumatic Brain Injury Resources

Grievance and Appeal Policy




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