Middle-Brook Regional Health Commission                      EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Personal and Community Preparedness

WATCH THIS VIDEO for suggestions to help you and your family get better prepared


Winter storms, power outages, gas leaks, flooding – all typical (yet extremely disruptive) events which can affect our lives at any moment, often striking quickly and without warning. Whether the event results in a significant disruption of daily life – for example last April’s Nor’easter in which thousands of local residents were moved to nearby shelters, or simply a minor inconvenience, such as a brief power outage, your ability to handle such an event can be greatly improved when simple plans and resources are in place. Being prepared for emergencies is essential at home, school, work and in your community. While it may seem like an overwhelming process, there are many simple, (and yes, inexpensive) items you can have on hand better prepare yourself and your family.

Local officials and relief workers will make every attempt to be on the scene during and after a disaster, to help all who may need assistance. But in a large scale event, especially one that affects a large geographic area, it may be very difficult to reach everyone in a timely way. The best way to help keep you and your family safer is to be prepared before an emergency strikes. This month especially, the Middle-Brook Regional Health Commission is encouraging everyone to get prepared by having basic supplies on hand for immediate access as needed. Here’s how:

A speacial episode of MBRHC's past cable program "Public Health Matters" hosted a special edition to address family preparedness efforts. The program is still available to view online on our website!
With guests Amy Sutton, Executive Director of The Greater Somerset Chapter of the American Red Cross and James Langenbach of the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services, viewers can learn about the many simple actions they can take to become better prepared.

family emergencyFor all communities, preparedness must now account for natural disasters as well as man-made ones. Knowing what to do during an emergency is an essential part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count. Learn more about what you can do. CLICK HERE FOR A LIST of some of the items that should be included in your emergency kit. But there’s more to it than stockpiling select items. A family communication plan is essential, as is an understanding of your workplace, school and community plans that already exist.

The Commission is routinely developing and enhancing its internal emergency response plans, to be best prepared to respond to local emergencies, be they man-made or naturally occurring.  In addition, it has actively participated in local and county exercises, addressing such public health issues as smallpox, SARS, mass medication distribution, and most recently, mass vaccination.  The Commission will continue to evaluate and revise its plans on an annual basis. MBRHC is placing particular emphasis on the enhancement of its Pandemic Influenza Response plans, and will be working emergency kitwith several first responder agencies within the towns served to help ensure a coordinated community effort in the event an influenza pandemic (or other wide-spread disease outbreak) should occur. Click here for several resources about pandemic flu.

Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) is an integral component of all emergency response plans. Througout the fall and winter, our partners organizations will be encouraged -- and supported in -- the development of their respective COOP / COG (Continuity of Government) plans. Such continuity planning is integral to the success of any coordinated response effort.Information about and templates for COOP / COG planning for various types of organizations can be found here.


As Hurricane Iren makes its way up the eastern coast, please take a moment to review these resources to help you better prepare - and respond to the event.

Hurricane Preparedness - Emergency Supplies

Flood Preparation and Response

Preparing for Hurricanes and Other Tropical Storms

Returning Home After A Storm

Flood Clean-up Fact Sheet - Inside the Home

Hurricane and Flood Recovery - From the CDC

Food and Water Safety After a Hurricane

Other Flood Resources

Flood Information For Restaurants and Other Retail Food Establishments



Below is a list of resources to help manage the 'after-flood' cleanup.

Click on the needed resource:

FLOOD RESOURCES: A list of links to local and national resources for guidance and information


FLOOD CLEAN-UP GUIDANCE: How to clean your home or apartment after a flood

FLOOD FACT SHEET FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION: General guidance on preventing illness from flood-damaged food and water, and safet clean procedures.










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