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Rowan University & Gloucester County Department of Health Team Up for Emergency Preparedness Exercise

November 13, 2012


          For Immediate Release: November 13, 2012

Contact:  Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger (856-853-3390) or Freeholder Lyman Barnes (853-3380)


Rowan University & Gloucester County Department of Health Team Up for Emergency Preparedness Exercise

 (Glassboro, NJ) – On November 15, 2012, from 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon, the Gloucester County Department of Health will be collaborating with Rowan University, and the Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management to conduct a public health exercise.  These agencies will be working together to test Rowan University’s ability to provide medication to more than 13,000 students and staff in a timely manner, should a public or emergent health threat ever occur.

 Freeholder Director Robert Damminger said, “The agencies involved possess an excellent working partnership and have collaborated on events in the past, such as the response efforts with Hurricane Irene in 2011 and the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic.” 

 Each agency will assess their respective ability to activate their emergency communication systems during the exercise.  Important communication systems such as the Health Alert Network, also known as NJ LINCS or Local Information Network Communication System, will be utilized to announce the start of the exercise. 

 Freeholder Lyman Barnes, Liaison to the Department of Health said, “The goal of this exercise is two-fold; it will help strengthen the combined response capabilities of the county and Rowan while permitting the university community to experience a mass medication distribution exercise.  This drill will also further refine and enhance our plan for the rapid distribution of medications at the county level.” 

 The Gloucester County Department of Health will also be requesting their Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) volunteers to assist during the event. The MRC includes both medically trained and non-medical support staff that have been sought and trained during the year, to assist and support our county health department staff in a public health related emergency. Collaborative efforts like this promote awareness, and provide us with the ability to respond to and effectively meet immediate health care needs.

 For more information regarding this exercise, to express an interest in becoming a part of the NJLINCS system, or to become a volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps, please contact the Gloucester County Department of Health at (856) 218-4101, or visit our website at