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Free Emergency Preparedness Training for People With Disabilities Will be offered on July 30

(Woodbury, NJ) – Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Adam J. Taliaferro announced today that a free interactive emergency preparedness training for people with disabilities, their assistants, and their family or friends will be held on Wednesday, July 30. 

Freeholder Director Damminger said, "We typically think of Hurricane season, which officially started on June 1, as an emergency event to be prepared for, but in reality there are many types of events that people with disabilities need to make sure they are prepared." 

Freeholder Taliaferro, Liaison to the Gloucester County Department of Health, Senior and Disability Services, the Division of Disability Services said the county has coordinated the training through a collaborative grant from the NJ Office of Emergency Management and the NJ Division of Disability Services and is entitled “Emergency Preparedness: What You Should Know”. 

Taliaferro said, “The program last two hours and is designed to assist people with disabilities to prepare for an emergency with a simple emergency plan.  Training can be empowering can and reinforce many people's ability to live independently with a disability.”

“Disasters usually strike quickly and without warning, forcing people to leave or be confined in their home. People with disabilities and their family members need plans to protect themselves in the event of an emergency,” stated Taliaferro.

The training includes a stocked Go-Bag or disaster kit as a takeaway gift for attendees, while supplies last (one per household, estimated value $50.00).    These are full size backpacks filled with items necessary to prepare for an emergency situation. 

The free training will take place on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 from 12 Noon to 2 PM in the Gloucester County Clayton Complex 1200 N. Delsea Drive in Clayton. 

Registration is limited; you must register in advance by calling the Division of Disability Services at (856) 384-6842.