Monday, August 26th, 2013

The Morris County Department of Human Services is urging county residents with special needs to sign up with the New Jersey Special Needs Registry for Disasters.

The registry, called “NJ Register Ready,” is a free, voluntary and confidential web-based program designed to identify the needs of people who may find it difficult to remain safe in their homes in the event of an emergency.

According to Human Services Director Frank Pinto, this will help emergency personnel better plan to serve those who may have difficulty during an evacuation because of physical or other limitations.  First responders
will be able make the best use of limited time and resources by planning in advance to help those with limited options should an evacuation during an emergency such as a hurricane or major snow storm become necessary, Pinto said.

Individuals with special needs, their family members, caregivers or friends on their behalf, are encouraged to register online, if possible, at www.registerready.nj.gov. Registration can also be achieved by calling New Jersey’s toll-free 2-1-1 telephone service.

The information entered in the NJ Register Ready website will be used by emergency response agencies only and is not available to the public.

“Register Ready allows emergency responders to know where to find people most urgently in need of aid,” said Jeffrey Paul, director of the Morris County Office of EmergencyManagement.  “We don’t want to leave anyone behind.”

NJ Register Ready is a service of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and the state’s Office of Emergency Management.

In Morris County, other local alert registration and social media notifications can be found on the county’s Office of Emergency Management’s website, MorrisOEM.org under the “Register for Alerts” tab.

More information about NJ Register Ready can be obtained by calling the county’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection at 1-800-564-4656 or the Morris County Office of Emergency Management at 973-829-8600.