The Camden County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is responsible for maintaining and enforcing the New Jersey state disaster laws, and focuses on coordinating activities to mitigate, prepare for, and respond to, disaster situations. The Office is currently working to prepare plans and procedures for emergency responders who may treat or transport persons who have contracted the coronavirus.
The Department of Health is continuing to monitor the health of individuals who have traveled from or through regions where known outbreaks have occurred.
Other departments and agencies within Camden County are proactively updating their continuity of operations and continuity of government plans, ensuring that critical government services and functions will remain accessible in the event that employees cannot continue to work in their regular facilities.
“Residents should know that the government of Camden County is ready in the event of any emergency, including a potential viral outbreak,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “Plans are in place to ensure that we are always prepared to respond to the needs of our citizens whether in the event of a natural disaster, severe storms, or a public health crisis.”
First Responders Webinar
The Camden County Health Department in conjunction with medical professionals from the area healthcare providers presented a webinar on COVID-19 to the first responder community. Individuals like Dr. Rick Hong provided the latest information on the virus and the global pandemic and what it means for those on the front lines. In addition, the public health team from the county provided comprehensive strategies to stay healthy during this challenging time. The summit’s focus was centered on the actions first responders should be taking to keep themselves and others safe when responding to calls related to coronavirus.
“This was a prophylactic summit, similar to an event we held several years ago during the Ebola outbreak, to ensure that our community’s first responders are armed with the tools and information they need in the event that they are called to respond where there is a high likelihood of exposure to coronavirus,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Hundreds of first responders from throughout Camden County participated in the event. Please view the presentation and webinar here at this link:https://livestream.com/accounts/25094258/events/9034183