FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2009

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, (908) 527-4419


Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Office of Health Management
Remind Residents to Be Prepared


Elizabeth - In observance of National Preparedness Month (NPM), the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Union County Office of Health Management encourages residents to take steps to become better prepared for emergencies.

NPM is sponsored by FEMA's Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and the Advertising Council. Its intent is to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities. This year, the Ready Campaign is helping Americans understand that preparedness goes beyond fire alarms, smoke detectors, dead-bolt locks and extra food in the pantry. It is important to change perceptions about emergency preparedness and help Americans understand what it truly means to be "Ready."

Union County residents can prepare for emergencies by creating an emergency supply kit, a family emergency plan, and becoming informed about different threats to their homes and families. Threats in Union County include fires, floods, crippling weather and a possible widespread outbreak of the flu virus. This fall, prepare your families by reinforcing these healthy habits:

  • frequent hand washing with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and place your tissue in the trash
  • avoid contact with people who are sick
  • stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading the flu to others
  • get your flu shot

Visit and to find out more about how to prepare for emergency preparedness information.