Posts filed under Emergency Preparedness

ACI and Middlesex OEM Featured on FEMA Webinar

On February 12th, Carole Tonks, ACI Director, and John Ferguson, Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management, were pleased to be presenters for a FEMA hosted webinar that featured a discussion about best practices, lessons learned, and challenges for people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs during the response and recovery phases of a disaster.

More specifically, it featured Core Advisory Groups (CAGs), which consist of individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, FEMA personnel, local emergency managers, and other concerned stakeholders who work together to bring about change in how emergency services are provided.

To view the webinar, please visit: icpd.adobeconnect.com/piy97gje541a

Posted on February 12, 2018 and filed under Emergency Preparedness.

Gotham Shield Exercise on Radiation Emergencies

ACI is proud to be part of the Gotham Shield Community Reception Center radiation disaster exercise conducted by the Middlesex County Department of Health, ACI as well as other state, county and local officials held on November 14th. Gotham Shield is a FEMA led exercise to evaluate how the community prevents, protects and recovers from the effects of an Improvised Nuclear Device event. The exercise took place in Edison and was geared towards people with access and functional needs. Approximately 50 attended this day long event. A discussion was held afterwards on ways to assist each other in the event of a disaster.

Posted on November 17, 2017 and filed under Emergency Preparedness.

Middlesex County Health Department Trains ACI on Radiation Emergencies

Thank you John and Elaine from the Middlesex County Health Department for the informative 2 hour training on the fundamentals of radiation as well as the Community Reception Center. Training for participants will take part in a community center simulation on Tuesday, April 25th. If you're interested in participating, please contact Carole Tonks at ctonks@adacil.org.

Posted on March 23, 2017 and filed under Emergency Preparedness, Workshop.

ACI Featured on Emergency Preparedness Panel at Abilities Expo 2016

ACI was honored to be part of a panel discussion on preparing people with disabilities for emergency disasters held on April 29th at the New York Metro Abilities Expo in Edison. Joining Luke Koppisch on the panel were Kathryn Dyjak, MSW, Disability and other Access and Functional Needs (DAFN) Advisor, New York City Emergency Management; Jamie Arasz Prioli, and RESNA ATP, Assistive Technology Specialist, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University College of Education. The panel was facilitated by Kelly Rouba-Boyd, Access/Functional Needs Planner, NJ Office of Emergency Management.

Posted on May 17, 2016 and filed under Emergency Preparedness, Workshop.

ACI and Red Cross Train Volunteers on Emergency Services for People with Access and Functional Needs

On April 8th, Luke Koppisch and Michael Prasad, Disaster Support Functions Director with the American Red Cross, New Jersey Region, gave a presentation entitled Everyone is Welcome at the Red Cross Regional Disaster Training Institute in Tinton Falls. The goal of the presentation was to give Red Cross volunteers and staff the tools to include people with access and functional needs when providing disaster and emergency shelter services.

Posted on May 17, 2016 and filed under Emergency Preparedness, Workshop.

ACI and Partners Show How to Plan a Shelter Simulation at the NJ Emergency Preparedness Conference

ACI was proud to be represented at the 18th Annual New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Conference in Atlantic City on May 4th. About 35 emergency personnel, medical service corps members, OEM officials and Red Cross volunteers learned how to plan and implement an inclusive mock overnight shelter exercise. Presenting with Luke was Madeleine Goldfarb, Executive Director, Noah's Ark Institute, and John Ferguson, Coordinator, Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management.

Posted on May 5, 2016 and filed under Emergency Preparedness.

NJGAINED Meets at ACI to Discuss Disaster Preparedness

On Monday, April 18th, ACI hosted the monthly meeting of NJ Group for Access and Integration Needs in Emergencies and Disasters (NJGAINED). On the state level, NJGAINED works on issues affecting people with disabilities and those with access and functional needs before, during and after an emergency disaster. Following the NJGAINED meeting, ACI held its monthly Middlesex County Core Advisory Group (CAG) meeting. With the support of FEMA, CAG is an effort to involve people with disabilities and independent living centers in emergency preparedness. If you would like to be part of Middlesex CAG or would like assistance establishing a CAG in your county, contact ACI at 732-738-4388 or ctonks@adacil.org.

Posted on April 21, 2016 and filed under Emergency Preparedness.