DIVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS
A multidisciplinary team of specialists that create, develop, evaluate and implement action plans to help prevent, prepare for and respond to serious public health crises including emerging diseases, pandemic influenza, disease outbreaks, wide-scale natural events and terrorist attacks.
FIT TO BE TESTED
"Fit testing" is one of the many initiatives undertaken by the Public Health Preparedness division. This rigorous protocol established by the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires careful examination of personal protective equipment to ensure that responders to emergencies have the safest level of defense possible. Here, Patrolman J. Oliveira of the Franklin Township Police Department, reads while wearing a mask under a hood to test the accuracy of the fit that should prevent him from inhaling an odorous test mixture. Tom Kachnowski, coordinator of the Hunterdon County Medical Reserve Corps, administers the fit test.
HOW READY ARE YOU FOR DISASTER?
Take one minute – that’s all it requires – to do this Readiness Quotient test. This quick tool for individuals, families and communities will help you determine and evaluate how ready you are to face severe emergencies. See how you compare against the national average. Based on your personal score, you’ll get specific steps you can take now to better prepare yourself and your family, as well as things you can do to encourage your community, schools and workplace to be better prepared.
Would you require help to evacuate?