Posts filed under Emergency Preparedness

VIDEO AND SURVEY RESULTS: Overnight Emergency Shelter Simulation in Somerset County

In November of 2015, ACI partnered with the Somerset County Office of Emergency Management to conduct a second Overnight Emergency Shelter Simulation at the Hillsborough Municipal Complex. Fifty people with disabilities, as well as emergency personnel, CERT members and volunteers from Somerset County took part in the event.

The purpose of the exercise is to familiarize members of the disabled community with an overnight shelter experience. At the same time, providing emergency managers and volunteers an opportunity to better assist the needs of individuals with disabilities in a general population shelter during a disaster. Individuals with disabilities filled out a survey prior to leaving. For results of the survey, please click here to download the survey results booklet.

We would like to thank PSEG for attending the event and providing funding to make this exercise possible!

Posted on March 15, 2016 and filed under Emergency Preparedness.

ACI and Partners Conduct Overnight Emergency Simulation in Somerset

ACI recently partnered with Stacey Murphy of the Somerset County Office of Emergency Management to conduct a second Overnight Emergency Shelter Simulation at the Hillsborough Municipal Complex from Friday, November 20th to Saturday, November 21st. 53 people with disabilities, as well as 26 emergency personnel, CERT members and volunteers from Somerset County took part in the event.

"This was a terrific collaboration between ACI and Somerset County OEM," says Carole Tonks, ACI Executive Director. "We all learned a lot from each other."

We would like to thank PSEG for making this exercise possible!

Posted on December 29, 2015 and filed under Emergency Preparedness.

Overnight Emergency Shelter Simulation for People with Disabilities - Somerset

Hillsborough, November 10 – The Alliance Center for Independence (ACI) and the Somerset County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is hosting an emergency shelter overnight simulation for individuals with disabilities on Friday, November 20th starting at 5 p.m. at the Hillsborough Municipal Complex, 279 South Branch Road, Hillsborough. Approximately 50 people with disabilities have volunteered to spend a night at the shelter, which will be staffed by volunteers from a number of Somerset County agencies engaged in emergency response operations during a disaster.

This is the 2nd emergency shelter simulation ACI has hosted. Last year’s simulation, which took place at Rutgers University, proved to be invaluable.

Participating agencies include the Somerset County Office of Emergency Management, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, local social service agencies and other stakeholders. Funding for the simulation is provided by PSEG.

Posted on November 13, 2015 and filed under Press Release, Emergency Preparedness.

Disaster and Disability Organizations Meet at ACI for Emergency Planning

On August 16th, the Core Advisory Group (CAG) held its monthly meeting. CAG, hosted by ACI, is an effort, sponsored by FEMA, to include people with disabilities directly in emergency planning. Thank you to Joe Geleta of NJ 211, John Fergurson of Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management, Joe Amoroso of NJ Division of Disability Services and Jim Flemming of FEMA for their presentations.

If you would like to attend our next CAG meeting and live in Middlesex County, then please register on our website.

Posted on August 19, 2015 and filed under Emergency Preparedness.

ACI Hosts First Core Advisory Group in New Jersey

On June 8th, ACI hosted the first Core Advisory Group (CAG) in New Jersey. Individuals with disabilities, FEMA, the Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and interested organizations met to discuss the unequal treatment people with disabilities receive in disasters.

The intention of the Core Advisory Group (CAG) is to meet on a monthly basis and partner on solutions and recommendations for people with disabilities to be better prepared and respond to disasters. This is a great opportunity to make effective changes in how emergency services are provided in the event of a disaster. If you are a Middlesex County resident and would like to get involved, contact Carole at ctonks@adacil.org.

Posted on June 18, 2015 and filed under Emergency Preparedness.

Emergency Preparedness Overnight Exercise for People with Disabilities

On August 22nd and 23rd, over 100 volunteers and individuals with disabilities took part in the ACI sponsored Emergency Preparedness Overnight Exercise. This event, the first ever in NJ and 2nd in the country, took place in Piscataway at the Livingston Recreation Center of Rutgers University.

ACI partnered with FEMA, Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the American Red Cross and Rutgers University to simulate an emergency shelter experience.   This event assisted in an ongoing effort to improve the ability to provide service and support to individuals with disabilities during disasters. ACI would like to thank all of the stakeholders, volunteers and participants who took part in this important event.  
 

"The importance of emergency and disaster preparedness, particularly for people with disabilities cannot be overstated.  People with disabilities have often been an afterthought during a disaster.  We are trying to change that and hope to have this exercise replicated throughout the state." - Carole Tonks, ACI Executive Director


Be sure to read the Edison Sentinel article on the event!

If you are interested in disaster training in your area, please contact Carole Tonks at 732-738-4388 ext. 118 or ctonks@adacil.org.

Posted on September 10, 2014 and filed under Emergency Preparedness, Workshop.