Overview of Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness Division


The purpose of Emergency Preparedness Division is to develop a sustainable and enhanced Public Health Emergency Preparedness Support System (PHEPSS) to protect Salem County residents from public health emergencies (natural, biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear), in partnership with the state, county and other relevant community-based organizations.

What is Salem County doing to prepare for a public health emergency?

Salem is one of 21 LINCS agencies (Local Information Network & Communication Systems) in New Jersey. As a LINCS agency we are responsible for the distribution of life saving antibiotics and other medication in response to a disease outbreak, biological or chemical attack. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requires LINCS agencies to develop plans to distribute this medication within 48 hours. In Salem County we have plans to distribute medication at any of our 6 POD sites (Points of Distribution) throughout the county.

Training and Exercising
In order to test our plans the Salem County Emergency Preparedness Division conducts several exercises each year. These exercises often include our emergency response partners like the Office of Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, law enforcement and local healthcare facilities. We also include our trained volunteers called the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Emergency preparedness staff also maintains readiness by attending trainings like Incident Command Structure, CBRNE awareness, Emergency Risk Communication and American Red Cross Sheltering.

What can I do to prepare for an emergency? Even though Salem County has plans to respond to a public health emergency, you need to take action to be prepared. Simple steps like stockpiling food, water and medications make a big difference in managing your family during a crisis. Click on the links listed below to download toolkits and read about other important preparedness tips.


Emergency Preparedness Courses

Salem County Medical Reserve Corps

Hands-Only CPR classes
The Salem County Medical Reserve Corps is offering Free Hands-Only CPR classes for groups of 5 or more people, 14 years and older for Salem County Residents. Classes are 30 minutes and are lead by a Certified Red Cross Instructor. CPR compressions blocks and step by step instructions are supplied to participants. Train Free Today.

Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth to mouth breaths. 80 percent of sudden cardiac arrests happen in private or residential settings, which mean that if you have to perform Hands-Only CPR you’ll be saving the life of someone you know and love. This could be a child, spouse, parent or friend.

Why CPR?
Most Americans (70 percent) feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they don’t know how to administer CPR or they’re afraid of hurting the victim.

Hands-Only CPR can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival. It has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public.

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death. Cardiac Arrest remains a leading cause of death in the United States. With every minute that goes by without intervention, survival rate drops as much as 10 percent.

Learn Hands Only CPR Today. Remember you could save a life or someone could save yours.

Salem County Medical Reserve Corps

Disaster Cooking Classes

The Salem County Medical Reserve Corps is offering Disaster Cooking for groups of 5 or more people, 10 years and older for Salem County Residents. Classes are 1 hour and include how to prepare a pre-planned recipe using items you would store for an emergency. All recipes are made without the use of electricity, gas, fire or running water. Depending on the size of your group, the instructor will bring up to 5 meals that your groups would prepare and then share with others in your group. All materials included.

For more information on these courses or to book your class please contact Andrea Godshall MRC Coordinator at 856-935-7510 ext 8482 or andrea.godshall@salemcountynj.gov

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