Morris Township urges special-needs residents to register, before next storm strikes

The last year’s storms have demonstrated that preparedness is not just a fancy word to be ignored. Officials in Morris Township are urging residents with special needs to submit their information to a confidential registry so emergency responders can help them quickly when the next disaster strikes.

Here are more details.

FROM MORRIS TOWNSHIP:

We have learned from the past two years of hurricanes, snowstorms and flooding issues that preparation is the key to a successful weathering of an emergency.  In an effort to assist and support the special needs residents of Morris Township; the Morris Township Committee in conjunction with the Board of Health  is encouraging residents who require special or extra assistance to register on the Special Needs Registry.

To name just a few issues: whether you use oxygen continuously or only once in a while, require electricity for certain medical equipment, live alone, have limited family support, or would need assistance if you were required to evacuate your home quickly in an emergency; please register at  https://www13.state.nj.us/SpecialNeeds/.

This registry is confidential, and information will not be released to the public.  It will provide us some additional information if and when another emergency arises.

Remember, having your own personal plan in place for emergencies is invaluable. Here is an example of a personal planning guide available for download: http://nj.gov/health/er/documents/citizens_guide.pdf.

For additional information about the Special Needs Registry program, please contact the Department of Health at 973-326-7390.



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