PRINCETON, NJ - Enable Inc., a nonprofit assisting persons with disabilities throughout central New Jersey, hosted specialized trainings to help almost 40 program participants prepare for an emergency or unplanned event. The Emergency Preparedness Planning Training, delivered by the Family Resource Network, was designed specifically for persons with developmental disabilities and their support staff. The workshop helped participants understand what constitutes an emergency, decrease fears commonly associated around unplanned events, and think about how they might prepare for and work with staff in such situations. Workshop participants also received a “Go Bag” allowing them to store items like flashlights, canned goods, and batteries which may be useful in an unexpected event.
Participating consumers were eager to answer questions and react to their experience. Denise Lesko, a resident at an Enable Group Home, found the “Go Bag” useful: “I will have staff help me fill it up,” she shared. Another participant in Enable’s Day Program, Bernice Nolan, also learned new information. “I liked everything. I did not understand an emergency before the training and now I do.”