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Autism Conference: Emergency Preparedness Tips for Families
1:15 PM13:15

Autism Conference: Emergency Preparedness Tips for Families

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ACI will be at the 36th Annual Autism Conference! Carole Tonks, ACI Executive Director and Kelly Boyd, NJ Office of Emergency Management, will be presenting Emergency Preparedness Tips for Families on Friday, October 19th from 1:15 to 2:30 PM (Session F).

Coping with an emergency or disaster situation can be stressful for anyone, especially individuals with autism. Families affected by autism will learn useful strategies to help them prepare for and manage emergency or disaster situations while still maintaining a demeanor that keeps the individual with autism as calm and focused as possible. This workshop will provide essential tips to help caregivers prepare to withstand various types of emergencies, including a list of items needed to shelter-in-place or evacuate. The State's Register Ready program will be discussed along with guidance on how to create a support network.

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Basics of Radiation and Community Reception Center Overview Course
11:00 AM11:00

Basics of Radiation and Community Reception Center Overview Course

Presented by John Dowd, Middlesex County Health Department

The two hour course will teach participants about the fundamentals of radiation and provide them an overview of a Community Reception Center.  Individuals will learn how to define radiation, identify different types of radiation, and describe units used to measure amounts of radiation.  The program will explain sheltering in place, self-decontamination, and ways to stay informed during a radiation emergency.  The purpose and services of a Community Reception Center and an overview of monitoring equipment will also be presented.

Module 1 – Basics of Radiation
Module 2 – What to do during a radiation emergency
Module 3 – Community Reception Center (Population Monitoring)

Attendees will also be invited to participate in an exercise on April 25th.

Light lunch will be served. Accommodations upon request.

Registration deadline is March 15th.

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NJ Emergency Preparedness Conference: Overnight Shelter Exercise, “Everyone’s” Included
1:00 PM13:00

NJ Emergency Preparedness Conference: Overnight Shelter Exercise, “Everyone’s” Included

The Overnight Shelter Exercise, “Everyone’s” Included presentation will give the participants the tools to work within their own communities so they will be able to execute their own shelter exercise.

The exercise brings together all community stakeholders to participate in a full scale overnight experience. It is essential to bring together first responders and the disability community as equal partners. By doing so, barriers are removed and each community can learn from the other. Preparing first responders and people with disabilities for the next disaster together will save lives.

Presented by: Madeleine Goldfarb, Noah’s Ark Institute, Carole Tonks/Luke Koppisch, Alliance Center for Independence and John Ferguson, Middlesex OEM.

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Overnight Emergency Shelter Simulation - Somerset County
to Nov 21

Overnight Emergency Shelter Simulation - Somerset County

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ACI along with the Somerset Office of Emergency Management and other stakeholders are organizing an overnight emergency shelter simulation in Hillsborough, Somerset County. Approximately 50 adults with disabilities will spend the night in a general population shelter staffed by emergency managers and volunteers.

The purpose of the simulation is to familiarize disabled members of the community with an overnight shelter experience while providing emergency managers and volunteers an opportunity to understand and better assist the needs of individuals with disabilities in a general population shelter during a disaster.

We are looking for 50 participants with disabilities from 5:00 PM on Friday to 9:00 AM on Saturday (preference given to residents of Somerset county). $25.00 gift cards will be given to individuals who participate in the simulation.

In need of transportation? Accessible buses will pick up and drop off from the ACI office and the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services.

If you're interested in participating, please fill out the form below.

This event is made possible by a generous grant from PSEG. We are grateful for their support.

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Webinar: Overnight Shelter Experiences
2:30 PM14:30

Webinar: Overnight Shelter Experiences

ACI will present a webinar on organizing an overnight shelter stimulation for people with disabilities and access and functional needs on Thursday, July 9th at 2:30 PM.

This webinar is part of a ADA National Network/FEMA Webinar Series and is open to the public. To register, please visit:

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