Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management to Hold County-wide exercise
(Clayton, NJ) – The Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management (GCOEM) will be holding a county-wide exercise this Saturday, October 14th from 8 am until 12 noon at the Office of Emergency Management in Clayton. Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Helene M. Reed said that the exercise will test the GCOEM’s ability to distribute emergency medications to the first responder community as part of a biological release in the community. Other events will occur as part of the exercise.
“The planned, countywide emergency drills that our Office of Emergency Management hold throughout the year are an important tool to ensure that we are prepared to handle disasters,” said Freeholder Director Sweeney. “We hope that we never have to utilize any of measures implemented during these drills, but our emergency response professionals and team of volunteer organizations are always preparing, always learning new techniques and technology and always teaching information to other first responders and the public,” said Sweeney.
Several municipalities will be participating in this Saturday’s exercise, including first responders from Clayton, Elk, Glassboro, Monroe, Logan, Pitman, Swedesboro, Woolwich, Wenonah, and Washington Township noted Freeholder Helene Reed. Reed is the Freeholder liaison to the GCOEM and the Gloucester County Department of Health & Senior Services; both agencies are participating in this exercise.
“This drill will simulate the distribution of medicines such as antibiotics to our first responders as they would in a real situation,” said Freeholder Reed. “These exercises are quite large undertakings, but the time that goes into their planning and execution could save lives someday. We are grateful for our first responders and our volunteers,” stated Reed.
The Gloucester County’s Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) will also be testing its preparedness capability at the same time as part of the planned drill. That event will be held in the cafeteria of the Student Center at Gloucester County College.