Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)
"We didn't lose us .... because we had a plan."
If you live in Northeastern New Jersey, you've probably seen the TV, internet, and outdoor advertising campaign designed for the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) region. Emergency management programs in this area benefit from NJ Department of Homeland Security funding devoted to the unique planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs of these high-density urban areas. This funding helps them in building an enhanced and sustainable capacity to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from all types of disasters, including acts of terrorism.
While local emergency management officials address regional planning efforts, you can take steps today to make sure your family members are safe during adverse conditions.
- Stay informed about emergencies and hazards in your area - the more you know, the better you can prepare, or respond quickly to adverse conditions. There are many ways to obtain information about emergencies and disasters. Many counties in your area have their own social media or alerting tools where you can opt in to receive emergency alerts - we encourage you to stay connected with local officials. There are many ways to easily stay informed about emergencies and disasters. How to stay informed.
- Prepare your household - Make a Kit, Have a Plan, decide how you will stay connected with loved ones. You might be asked to evacuate or shelter-in-place by emergency authorities.
- Reach out to individuals in your family who have chronic illnesses or disabilities, or those who live alone. Are you taking care of someone with specific needs, such as an older adult or a child with a disability ? Read about how to help them maintain independence and/or have their needs met when disaster strikes. Consider using Register Ready - NJ's Special Needs Registry for Disasters to help local officials plan for the disaster-related needs of older adults and people with disabilities.
- Parents should monitor their children's experiences and feelings regarding an emergency or disaster event. Visit Ready.gov/kids or the U.S. Center for Disease Control for information on children and disasters. The NJ Department of Human Services also recommends tools for talking to children about disasters.
- Connect with others in your neighborhood, apartment complex, apartment building or community before, during and after adverse conditions. Share official information about the emergency. Check on family members or neighbors who might be isolated during emergency events; and be especially mindful of them during long-term power outages. Join your neighbors in neighborhood preparedness efforts by forming, or joining, a Community Emergency Response Team.
- Don't forget your pets! Many of us consider pets a part of the family, make sure they are included in your family preparedness plans.