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What resources are there for people with disabilities during an emergency?

Last Updated: 08/14/2020

"Register Ready -- New Jersey's Special Needs Registry for Disasters" allows New Jersey residents with disabilities or access and functional needs, and their families, friends, caregivers and associates, an opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies so emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency.

All information collected is confidential and will not be available to the public. The information will be held securely and only used for emergency response and planning.

In addition, the Governor signed a new law requiring NJ TRANSIT's Access Link services, which provide public transportation to people with disabilities, to operate during a state of emergency if it can be done safely.

Updated Hospitalization Procedures

To better support individuals with disabilities during this public health crisis in circumstances where support is essential, the Department of Health has made some accommodations during hospitalization.

  • A designated healthy support person is permitted to be with an individual with a disability during hospitalization. The designated support person may be a family member, personal care assistant or another disability service provider.
  • Healthy is defined as individuals with no signs of respiratory illness such as fever, cough or shortness of breath. They should not have had contact with anyone with or suspected of having COVID-19 or any respiratory illness and individuals should be wearing the appropriate protective equipment

Source: https://www13.state.nj.us/SpecialNeeds/Signin?ReturnUrl=%2fSpecialNeeds%2f; NJ Health Commissioner Persichilli's Remarks 5/7/20