Middlesex Personnel Conduct Drills With Emergency Shelter

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In the photo above, Jay Kwiecinski (third from right), of the Middlesex County Office of Health Services, leads a tour of the Western Gatekeeper System that included (from right to left) Middlesex County Freeholder H. James Polos, Chair of the Public Safety and Health Committee; Richard Kozub of the Office of Health Services; Kwiecinski; County Director of Health Services-Health Officer Lester Jones; and Middlesex County Public Safety & Health Department Head Joseph Krisza. (Photo courtesy of Middlesex County.)

In the photo above, Jay Kwiecinski (third from right), of the Middlesex County Office of Health Services, leads a tour of the Western Gatekeeper System that included (from right to left) Middlesex County Freeholder H. James Polos, Chair of the Public Safety and Health Committee; Richard Kozub of the Office of Health Services; Kwiecinski; County Director of Health Services-Health Officer Lester Jones; and Middlesex County Public Safety & Health Department Head Joseph Krisza. (Photo courtesy of Middlesex County)

MIDDLESEX COUNTY — The Middlesex County Office of Health Services sponsored a weeklong, multi-faceted drill this past week to prepare for mass emergencies that may require a field hospital, quarantine facility, large shelter or other temporary structure.

Middlesex County personnel, along with partners from the Northern New Jersey Newark/Jersey City Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Public Health Committee, conducted drills throughout the week within the Western Shelter Gatekeeper System.

The sheltering system consists of four 19X35 foot units, three hygiene centers, a kitchen cart, showering unit, hot and cold running water, electric lighting, heating and air conditioning and a power generating unit. It was paid for with Federal Homeland Security funds.


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