“Register Ready” Helps Residents With Disabilities To Get Assistance During Emergencies

By: Follow South Jersey Staff

WEST DEPTFORD, N.J. – South Jersey residents who are disabled and assistance-needing are encouraged to sign up for the  eligible “RegisterReady” program.

“Register Ready – New Jersey’s Special Needs Registry for Disasters” allows New Jersey residents with disabilities and their families, friends, caregivers and associates an opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies so emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency.

“The Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management works collaboratively with the state to assist residents in case of emergency,” Director Frank J. DiMarco said in a press release from the county. “You never know when a disaster will strike, so being prepared ahead of time is a must to ensure your safety.”

Commissioner Denice DiCarlo, Liaison to Emergency Management, said that preparation for emergencies is critical.

“We want to make it as easy as possible to assist people when an emergency happens,” DiCarlo said. “In addition to registering for Register Ready, it’s important to get ready in other ways like packing an emergency to-go bag and making a plan for your household and pets. You can never be too prepared for an emergency.”

The NJ Special Needs Registry is free, voluntary, strictly confidential and a way to protect residents in a major emergency.

“You, or someone on your behalf, should register if you may find it difficult to get to safety with family or friends because of a cognitive limitation, language barrier or lack of transportation,” Commissioner Jim Jefferson, Liaison to the Gloucester County Division of Human and Special Services, said. “It’s important to register before disaster strikes so we can be prepared to get you and your family to safety.” 

There are several ways residents can complete a Register Ready form:

Call 211 to register by telephone

Fill out the form online at: http://bit.ly/38JcUKO

Call the Division of Special Services (856) 384-6842

Print the form here: https://bit.ly/3FMUV63 and mail to

Gloucester County Division of Human & Special Services

115 Budd Blvd.

West Deptford, NJ 08096

If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Human and Special Services at (856) 384-6842 or visit http://bit.ly/2vLBFHW.

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