New Jersey lawmakers aim to improve state’s storm preparedness

Emergency Management Alert, June 16, 2009

Lawmakers in New Jersey have voiced support for a bill that aims to keep New Jersey well prepared for a hurricane or other natural disaster, reports the Courier Post (NJ). The measures of the bill would streamline emergency operations, including coastal evacuation plans at the state, county, and local levels.

The Assembly Appropriations Committee recently released the measure (A-3786), which could later be considered by the whole Assembly. Part of the bill calls for emergency operations officials to evaluate the evacuation procedures for hospitals and other healthcare facilities, as well as find alternate sources of care for evacuated patients. The bill also calls for an annual public awareness campaign and a registry for people with special needs who may need extra help during an emergency.

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