The NJ Group for Access and Integration Needs in Emergencies and Disasters (NJ GAINED) acts as an advisory board to the New Jersey Office
of Emergency Management (NJOEM) and the NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP) regarding issues affecting people with access and functional
needs (AFN) in New Jersey before, during and after an emergency or disaster.
NJ GAINED identifies issues likely to affect AFN populations as they prepare to respond to an emergency, or issues likely to affect
emergency management personnel as they attempt to assist persons with AFN before, during and after adverse conditions. Group members may also make
recommendations, develop solutions, draft proposed legislation, formulate memos of understanding, and devise products and programs to address identified
issues, if requested by the NJOEM or NJOHSP.
The NJ Office of Emergency Management, the NJ Division of Disability Services, and the Progressive Center for Independent Living form the leadership team for NJ GAINED. The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management carries out administrative responsibilities for the group.
To contact NJGAIN, e-mail Mary Goepfert at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-963-6818.
You may also contact Mary Goepfert for information on the NJ GAIN Strategic plan and current projects.
For a copy of the 2013-2014 NJGAINED Strategic Plan, click here
People with disabilities and access and functional needs often need additional time and assistance to prepare for a disaster.
If you have Disabilities or other Access and Functional Needs, follow this
NJOEM link for more information on creating an emergency preparedness kit and plan that
will work for you.
NJGAINED is comprised of representatives from the following agencies: