Learn about emergency transportation and communications 

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – The Monmouth County Transportation Council, an advisory group to the Monmouth County Planning Board, is hosting a Transportation Summit May 17 at the Young Auditorium in Bey Hall, Monmouth University. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

The summit will provide Monmouth County residents, emergency responders, and municipal officials with an insight into the dynamics of managing an emergency situation from a transportation perspective. The program will cover what is being done to maintain preparedness, what would be done during an emergency event, and what Monmouth County’s municipalities can do to help.

Speakers will discuss strategies and programs on both the local and regional levels.

“The topic of emergency evacuation procedures is particularly timely and relevant to Monmouth County in view of last year’s blizzard and the near miss of Hurricane Earl,” said Freeholder Director Robert D. Clifton, who is a member of the Planning Board.

“Most people probably are unsure or simply do not know about the emergency planning process that would be coordinated between the different levels of government,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, who also sits on the Planning Board. “The goal of this summit is to clarify that process so that it can be understood and implemented at the municipal level.”

“The data to be shared during this summit is crucially important to our communities, to Monmouth County and to the region as a whole,” added Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone, an alternate on the Planning Board. “Now is the time to ask questions that will prepare us for an emergency.”                      

Guest speakers include: Freeholder Arnone; Mary K. Murphy, executive director, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority; Glenn Mason, coordinator of the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management; Lisa Webber, state Department of Transportation’s Office of Emergency Management and Coordination; Frank Lurato, New Jersey Transit Police; Matt Edelman, executive director, TRANSCOM, and Jim Hadden, coordinator of 511NJ.

For additional information, please contact Anthony Gamallo, Monmouth County Planning Board, Transportation Section at (732) 866-3645.