Woodbridge “Safe & Secure” Program at Work to Identify “Special Needs” Residents

By Mayor John E. McCormac

The most important task we have in municipal government is to make sure that every Woodbridge Township resident with a “Special Need” is “Safe & Secure” during an emergency. As we have seen over the past couple of months, the threat of a disastrous storm (Hurricane Hanna that brushed the Jersey coast and Hurricane Gustav that hit the Gulf coast) or other emergency event is something we must plan for well in advance.

As part of our township-wide emergency management safety plan, we recently announced that every household would receive a “Safe & Secure” registry form in the mail. I am urging any and all township residents who may have difficulty evacuating their residence or place of work during an emergency because of physical or other limitations, or lack of transportation, to sign up for the ‘Special Needs’ registry… that way, we’ll know who to help in advance of an emergency situation when time is of the essence. If you didn’t get a form, and want to register, please contact our Office of Emergency Management at 732-634-5401.

What Is A “Special Need”… Residents who are non-ambulatory or wheelchair bound… connected to a respirator or dialysis machine… bedridden or critically ill… suffering from Alzheimer’s or a similar condition… diagnosed with impaired eyesight or loss of hearing… or have limited mobility, have a ‘Special Need’ and should register with the Woodbridge Township Office of Emergency Management – all information remains confidential and is used only in time of emergency evacuation.

Woodbridge Township residents with “Special Needs” (or caregivers on their behalf) are encouraged to fill-out and return the self-addressed ‘Special Need’ form received in the mail… log-on to the Woodbridge Township Web Page at www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us to obtain a form… or call the Woodbridge Township Office of Emergency Management at 732-634-5401 for additional information and instruction on the “Special Needs” registry program.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind Atom Tabloid readers of some of the special events and programs on tap for Woodbridge Township residents and visitors in the coming weeks.

Students from our three township high schools – Colonia, Woodbridge and John F. Kennedy – are again coordinating the Election Day “Cast a Can When You Cast Your Vote” food drive. The Election Day food drive asks voters to bring canned goods and non-perishable foods to their polling locations for drop-off when they go to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 4. As we approach the holiday season, it’s more important than ever that we lend a hand to help our friends and neighbors who need a little extra support. Let’s make this Election Day food drive the most successful – and bountiful – ever… drop-off a couple of cans of food when you vote on Tuesday., Nov. 4.

The Woodbridge Township Veteran’s Day Parade steps-off from St. James Church (Amboy Avenue and Main Street in downtown Woodbridge) at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9. Join township military personnel and veterans organizations, representatives from public service and emergency response units, members of Township scouting, youth, civic and historic organizations, the Woodbridge High School marching band, the Black Hawk Drum & Bugle Corps, and parade dignitaries as they honor Veteran’s Day 2008. Show your support for our veteran’s and military personnel by wearing a patriotic outfit to the parade – prizes will be awarded to the top 35 patriotic outfits.

For more information about Woodbridge Township programs and events, log-on to the Woodbridge Township Web Page at www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us

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