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Sandy Recovery



NEW INFO:  Essex Regional Health Commission through the assitance of Local Health Departments is committed to supporting communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy through response, recovery, and community resiliency efforts.   Through the partnership with the County’s PAC/PACADA, ERHC is able to share a comprehensive listing of Social Services available for our residents in Essex County.

 A comprehensive listing of Social Services:  files/Essex_County_Resource_Guide.pdf


Super-Storm Sandy made landfall in New Jersey on October 29, 2012. The storm caused unprecedented damage to New Jersey’s housing, business, infrastructure, health, social service and environmental sectors.  Sandy made it clear that governmental public health continues to have a significant role in recovery from disasters.  Recovery in the aftermath of the Super-Storm Sandy is protracted, dynamic, and complex and for this reason, there is a long-term need to ensure that the outstanding and long-term health, behavioral health, and social service needs of Sandy survivors are identified and addressed.  Click the topic below to find recovery resources to help you and your family.  

If you have a question or are looking for something else, please contact Vaidehi Dave at (973) 251-2059 or We also invite you to share these resources and join us on Facebook and Twitter.

·         Food and Housing

·         Physical Health

·         Transportation

·         Emotional Support

·         Family Services 

·         Legal Services

·         General Assistance

Food and Housing

If you are in need of food, visit End Hunger NJ to find information about a food pantry in your area. Be sure to call before you go to confirm their hours and available meals.  Here are some other organizations that can help with food stamps, TANF, classes, and housing:

·         Community Food Bank of NJ: Call 908-355-3663

·         Essex County Parish Access Center: Call 973-266-7991 or visit

·         Goodwill Rescue Mission: Call 973-621-9560 or visit

·         Grover Cleveland Center for Seniors: Call 973-403-4637

·         SAGE Eldercare’s Meals on Wheels: Call 908-273-5554 or visit

·         Essex County Division of Welfare: Call 973-733-3000 or visit You can also contact

          for bilingual email assistance.

Physical Health

If you have questions regarding mold, lead, asbestos, or flood water clean-up you can call Department of Health and Human Services at 609.826.4950/4920.

Mold Guidelines for NJ Residents:

Below are some other groups that can help with home repair, personal items lost, health services, legal services, housing needs, financial assistance, and protection against future storms:

·         Essex Count Long-Term Recovery Group (ECLTRG):  please call 973.624.8300 Ext. 243 or The ECLTRG also provides assistance for people 

          who are undocumented.

·         American Red Cross Long Term Recovery: Call 848.202.2930/2931 or visit


The Essex County Special Transportation System provides curb-to-curb services for Essex County residents with physical or mental disabilities.  Please contact:

Division of Senior Services

900 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona, NJ 07044

Call: 973-395-5858

To find out about the shuttle services for Welfare Clients and Community cars program for Seniors, call EZ Ride at 973-961-6941 or visit

Emotional Support

The aftermath of Sandy has been emotionally difficult and caused many of us a lot of stress, anger, difficulty sleeping and easting, depression, inability to concentrate, and/or increased alcohol or drug use.

Here are people and resources who can help you or someone you know feel better:

·         Catholic Charities’ Disaster Case Management: Call 877.510.6762 or 2-1-1 or visit

·         Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark Disaster Case Management Program: Call 973-266-7982 or visit

·         Ironbound Community Corporation: Call 973-589-3353 or visit

·         Mental Health Association of Essex County: Call 973-676-9111 or visit

  ·          Mental Health Association in New Jersey: Call the New Jersey MentalHealthCares’ Disaster Helpline at 866-202-4357 (HELP) or visit

             A TTY line is available at (877) 294-4356.  Translation services are available as well.

·         Comunidade Farliar Crista: Call 862-955-0483

·         Irvington Counseling Center: Call 973-399-3132 or visit

·         Mental Health Association of Essex County: Call 973-509-9777 or visit

·         Mt. Carmel Guide Behavioral Healthcare, 56 Freeman Street, Newark or call 973-522-2100 or visit  

·         New Hope Baptist Church: Call 973-991-2773 or visit

·         Traumatic Loss Coalition for Youth: Call 973-239-5382 or visit

·         University Behavioral Health Care: Call (973) 623-2323or visit

·         Where Peaceful Waters Flow: Call 973-677-7700

Family Support

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) funds a statewide network of Family Success Centers as “one-stop” shops that provide resources and supports for families before they find themselves in crisis. Family Success Centers offer child abuse prevention services and address problems that threaten the safety and stability of families and the community. Family Success Centers also offer information on child, maternal and family health services, family stability, employment and income security services, life skills training (such as budgeting and nutrition), housing related services, parent education, advocacy, and home visiting.

Here is a list of Family Success Centers in Essex County:

  • Babyland Family Success Center

755 South Orange Avenue, Newark


  • Central and West Ward Family Success Center

982 Broad Street, Newark


  • East Orange Family Success Center

60 Evergreen Place, Suite 307, East Orange


  • FOCUS Family Success Center

441-443 Broad Street, Newark

973-624-2528 ext. 114

  • Ironbound Community Corporation Family Success Center

29-31 Cortland Street, Newark

973-344-5949 ext 201

  • Ironbound Community Corporation Family Success Center

317 Elm Street, Newark

973-465-0555 ext 202

  • Irvington Family Development Center Family Success Center

50 Union Avenue, Suite 403, Irvington  

973-372-4353 ext 17

  • LaCasa’s Family Success Center I

23 Broadway, Newark

973-483-2703 ext 2218

  • LaCasa’s Family Success Center II

282 First Avenue, Newark


  • The North Ward Center Family Success Center

286 Mt. Prospect Avenue, Newark


And if you are trying to help young people deal with the aftereffects of the hurricane, here are some resources you can share:

Legal Services

If you have insurance claims, home repair contractor disputes, public adjuster issues and other civil legal problems related to Hurricane Sandy, you may be able to get FREE legal advice from volunteer attorneys of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ).

Here is a list of their local clinics:

·         Legal Services of NJ Hotline: Call 888-222-5765 or visit

·         Community Health Law Project: Call 973-275-1175 or visit

·         Partners for Women and Justice: Call 973-233-0111 or visit

·         Volunteer Lawyers for Justice: Call 855-301-2525 or visit

General Assistance

If you are looking for information on all state social services and on-line applications please visit

If you’d like to learn about your local communityresources, Call 2-1-1 by simply dialing 2-1-1 from any phone or go to  Each county has specific services set up for individuals and families affected by the recent flooding.  An experienced call specialist can help youfind the best and most current service availableto meet your needs.


Finally, here are some other helpful phone numbers to call:

·         General needs or food stamps: 973-395-8000

·         Medicaid/Family Care: 973-645-7134

·         Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: 973-733-2319/3183

·         Emergency Assistance: 973-645-8369

·         Child Support and Paternity: 973-733-3392

·         Nursing Home Services: 973-645-7084

·         Adult Medicaid Program: 973-645-8342

·         Information and Referral: 973-733-3000

Your Poison Control Hotline:  files/English_lo_adobe.pdf




Disaster Preparedness Programs

Free Disaster Preparedness Programs


The Newark Presbtery Disaster Assitance Team is offering a free two-day work shop at The West Orange Presbyterian Center- Fellowship Hall, 20 Old Indian Road, West Orange, NJ 07052

Friday, March 12, 2014–  Developing an Individual Church’s Disaster Assistance Plan (12 pm to 4 pm)

Saturday March 15, 2014– Individual Personal Training for Disaster Assistance

For more information or to RSVP please contact William M. Brown III NPDAT, Chairman at 201-463-7242 or

MRC Training Schedule


The training schedule for the Essex County Public Health Reserve Corps Begins September 10, 2013.


The classroom training schedule is posted on the New Jersey Learning Management Network (NJLMN) and is found at

You must have an NJLMN account to register for training.  The account is free and you will have to create a login and password. Instructions are on the site.


Continue reading MRC Training Schedule

Essex County Public Health Reserve Corps


EssexCountyPublic Health Reserve Corps Trainings



All courses are offered in the offices of Essex Regional Health Commission, 204 Hillside Ave., Livingston, NJ

All courses are between 5:30 pm-9:00 pm

You must have an NJLMN account to register for these courses.

You can register for a free account at:

If you have questions or need more information please call

Michael Fonzino MRC Coordinator at 973-445-2514


 Please enter through front door of the Livingston Senior Community Center.


1.    MRC Orientation/Personal Preparedness:Introduces MRC volunteers to activation, reporting and deactivation procedures and describes the role of the local MRC unit in a public health event or emergency response. Helps MRC members identify limits to their own skills, knowledge and abilities as they pertain to MRC roles.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014



2.  ICS-100 (Introduction to ICS): Designed to give an introduction to the principles, common terminology and position responsibilities when responding to an event using the Incident Command System. This course specifically discusses major ICS functions and responsibilities, ICS organizational units, span of control, major incident facilities and the function of each, an Incident Action Plan and how it is used and the common responsibilities associated with incident assignments from the Federal disaster response workforce perspective.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015


3.    Introduction to PODS: Points of Dispensing Operations. This module will introduce the participant to the concepts associated with the distribution of emergency supplies to the community. Discussion of the purpose and goal  of a POD, when it is necessary to open one, an Incident Command Structure for the organization of POD staff, job functions and job action sheets for POD functions


Training Dates TBD


4.    Psychological First Aid/Psychology of a Disaster: This module describes the impact of an event on the mental health of the MRC members, responder and others and steps that responders can take to relieve their own stress and those of disaster survivors.


Training Dates TBD



5.    ICS 700: Introduction to the National Incident Management SystemNIMS provides a nationwide template to enable all government, private sector and non-governmental agencies to work together during a domestic incident.  This course is an introduction to NIMS, its components, concepts and principles.


Thursday, June 24, 2015


6.   Ebola Preparedness and Response Training:  provides an update on Ebola outbreak, history and overview of Ebola Virus, Healthcare System and Public Health Preparedness and response efforts, Active Screening and Post-arrival monitoring of at risk population, and Public Health Messaging


December 10, 2014

Public Health Update: Infections Following Cosmetic Injections in New Jersey

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS) continues to investigate infections related to cosmetic injections. As of March 23, 2010, NJDHSS had been notified of eight cases of soft tissue infections following buttock injections for cosmetic purposes. Preliminary information suggests that the injections may have been performed by unlicensed medical providers. The NJDHSS, in conjunction with local health officials, is working with the NJ Department of Consumer Affairs and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Criminal Investigation Unit to identify the involved unlicensed provider(s) and implicated product.


All cases involve African-American women with a median age of 26 years (range: 22-42 years), residing in Essex, Morris and Union Counties. They reported receiving injections during November 2009–February 2010. The incubation periods range from 2 to 4 weeks. Two patients reported traveling to the Dominican Republic to receive the procedure. One patient reported receiving the injections in New York City (NYC), possibly in Brooklyn. Case-patients reported receiving injections of unknown substances, including “hydrogel” (2),”botox” (1), “gel filler” (2), and “biogel” (1) into the buttocks. They presented at local hospitals with cellulitis and abscesses at the injection sites; all required hospitalization. No deaths have been reported.


Preliminary microbiologic data suggest Nocardia spp. as the etiologic agent in 4 of the 6 patients that were injected in NJ.  One patient that got injected in Dominican Republic had Rhodococcus equi identified and the second patient had Nocardia. Culture results are pending for the other cases. Though health-care providers evaluating persons with infections following such injections should consider typical organisms such as Streptococcus and Staphylococcus spp., atypical organisms such as Nocardia, Rhodococcus and Mycobacterium spp. should also be considered. Patients infected with these atypical organisms can often present with more indolent skin lesions and do not respond to the usual empiric antimicrobial regimens.


NJDHSS considers it likely that there are other unreported cases. To identify additional cases and to ensure appropriate management, health-care providers are asked to:

Report any cases of cellulitis, soft tissue infection, or subcutaneous abscess that may be caused by injection of foreign substances, regardless of culture results, since August 1, 2009. This especially applies if atypical organisms (including Nocardia, Rhodococcus, M. abscessus, M. chelonae, and M. fortuitum) have been isolated or suspected.

Ensure that specimens are sent to the laboratory and appropriate testing is done to identify typical as well as atypical organisms such as Nocardia, Rhodococcus and Mycobacterium spp.

Ensure that patients are placed on appropriate antimicrobial regimens.


Providers identifying cases that meet the above clinical and epidemiologic features are asked to report to the local health department responsible for the jurisdiction in which the case-patient resides or directly to the NJDHSS Communicable Disease Service at 609-826-5964. A directory of the Local Health Departments in NJ can be found by clicking on the following link: 


MRC Units


There are multiple MRC units that serve the people of Essex County.  Please click on the unit that serves the town you live in.


Essex County Public Health

Reserve Corps

Greater Montclair Public Health

Reserve Corps

City of Newark

Medical Reserve Corps

· Bloomfield

· Caldwell

· East Orange

· Essex Fells

· Fairfield

· Irvington

· Livingston

· Maplewood

· Millburn

· North Caldwell

· Orange

· Roseland

· South Orange

· West Caldwell

· West Orange

· Glen Ridge

· Belleville

· Cedar Grove

· Montclair

· Nutley

· Verona

· Newark


NIMS Compliance


Resourses to assist public health and healthcare partners meet the NIMS requirements


In accordance with Governor Richard Codey’s Executive Order 50, compliance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) is a prerequisite to obtaining any federal preparedness assistance. The NIMS is intended to provide “a consistent, flexible, and adjustable national framework to enable first responders at all levels of government,  along with the private sector and non governmental organizations,  to work together effectively and efficiently to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters, regardless of cause, size or complexity, including acts of catastrophic terrorism.”

Essex Regional Health Commission has provided the NIMS Training Guideline from the Department of Homeland Security. This list provides the required trainings as well as what personnel should take them.





  Training Requirements

(Click on Links for Classes Available Online)

Federal/State/Local/Tribal/Private Sector & Non-governmental personnel to include:


Entry level first responders & disaster workers

  • Emergency Medical Service personnel
  • Firefighters
  • Hospital staff
  • Law Enforcement personnel
  • Public Health personnel
  • Public Works/Utility personnel
  • Skilled Support Personnel
  • Other emergency management response, support, volunteer personnel at all levels




Federal/State/Local/Tribal/Private Sector & Non-governmental personnel to include:


First line supervisors, single resource leaders, field supervisors, and other emergency management/response personnel that require a higher level of ICS/NIMS Training.




Federal/State/Local/Tribal/Private Sector & Non-governmental personnel to include:

Middle management including strike team leaders, task force leaders, unit leaders, division/group supervisors, branch directors, and multi-agency coordination system/emergency operations center staff.



Federal/State/Local/Tribal/Private Sector & Non-governmental personnel to include:


Command and general staff, select department heads with multi-agency coordination system responsibilities, area commanders, emergency managers, and multi-agency coordination system/emergency operations center managers.



1.  Specialized ICS 100 training is available for Hospital/Healthcare, Law Enforcement and Public Works

2.  Specialized ICS 200 training is available for Healthcare Organizations

NOTE-  This chart was obtained from the NIMS website


Links for the Public

Links to other useful resources



New Jersey Medical Reserve Corps


An easy-to-remember telephone number that connects callers to the human services they need



Ready Together NJ – A public health guide to emergency planning


Todos Listos Nueva Jersey – Guía De Salud Pública Para La Planificación Contra Emergencias


State of NJ Bioterrorism Preparedness Links Page


Center for Disease Control’s Bioterrorism Page


Be Ready and Prepared


New Jersey Homeland Security


Helping Children Cope with Disaster


Children, Terrorism and Disasters






Preparedness for People with Disabilities


Preparedness for Pets