Plan for Personal Health Preparedness for you and your Family

September is National Preparedness Month. This year, the theme is Personal Health Preparedness.

So what is Personal Health Preparedness? Personal health preparedness is about having the wherewithal to care for and protect your health and wellness in the immediate aftermath of an emergency or disaster. That means having the supplies, skill, and self-confidence to bounce back from a difficult or life-changing event like a natural disaster.

Large-scale events, like hurricanes, can cause widespread destruction and long-lasting power outages, disrupt supply chains, and strain public health and health care systems.

When access to resources and the availability of services is limited, it is important to have an emergency supplies kit that includes items from the following categories:

Fall Flu Vax Clinics

Montgomery Township Fall Flu Clinic
Vaccinating ages 4 to 104

Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at increased risk for severe complications from the flu. People in the high-risk groups include: children 6 months of age to 4 years; people aged 50 years and older; adults and children who have chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular, kidney, liver, neurological or metabolic disorders (including diabetes); people with compromised immune systems; and women who are or will be pregnant during the flu season. The best way to protect yourself and loved ones, is to get a flu shot this fall or winter.

More clinics for your convenience!

October 2nd, 9:00am -12:00pm and 6-8pm
October 9th, 9:00am – 12:00pm
October 16th, 9:00am -12:00pm

Otto Kaufman Community Center
356 Skillman Rd.
Skillman, NJ 08558

Additional Clinics:
Pennington Borough Hall: Wednesday, October 16th, 6PM-8PM
Hopewell Borough Hall: Tuesday, November 5th “Vote & Vax” 9:00am – 3:00pm & 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Rocky Hill Borough Hall—Tuesday, October 22nd 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Walk-ins welcome; for faster service, make an appointment.

To reserve your shot:

• E-mail with your name, address, birth date, age, Medicare number and phone number OR
• Call the Health Department at 908-359-8211

The flu shot will be offered Free to Seniors with Medicare.
The flu shot will cost $25 for non- Medicare.
Hardship fee waivers are available.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

Learn how to protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your community during a disaster by attending a FREE Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course. The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 1. The class is limited to 25 students.

Register and receive certification for this free, seven-session CERT course to be held Oct. 7, 10, 15, 16, 21, and 23 from 7 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy, 402 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.

The CERT program educates and trains residents types of emergencies that can occur in our area and teach residents how to respond appropriately. With severe fluctuations in weather and other disasters that have occurred recently across the U.S., it’s vital that residents stay informed and prepared.

The course will discuss the different types of emergencies that can occur in our area and teach residents how to respond appropriately. With the severe fluctuations in weather and other disasters that have occurred recently across the U.S., it’s vital that residents stay informed and prepared.

The course is free to anyone 18 years of age and above who resides in Somerset County. Students must complete all modules in order to receive a certificate.

The application form and Hold Harmless Agreement can be found at

To register by mail or fax, complete both the application form and the Hold Harmless Agreement and mail them to the Somerset County OEM, Attention: CERT, P.O. Box 3000, Somerville, NJ 08876, or fax them to 908-725-5077.

To register by email, write “CERT” in the subject line, attach the completed forms and send them to Carolyn Solon at You will receive confirmation of registration.

Trauma Informed Care – EdcampTIC

The Lawrence Public School Present


Trauma Informed Care

October 12, 8am – 1pm

Lawrence High School

2525 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville

Free program open to educators, health professionals, community, policy makers

Register here:

Trauma informed care means treating a whole person, taking into account past trauma and the resulting coping mechanisms when attempting to understand behaviors and help the person.

Health Walks in September

RWJ HealthHike Walking Program: Bridgewater Mall
The HealthHike Walking Program, sponsored by RWJ Somerset and the Bridgewater Commons Mall, is a free program in which participants are encouraged to walk independently in the Mall’s safe, climate controlled environment as early as 6:30 AM from Monday through Saturday and 9:00 AM on Sunday. Each lap around the 2nd & 3rd levels is a ½ mile and the 1st level is a ¼ mile. Please visit the mall office on the first level near Pottery Barn to register and receive an ID badge.

RWJ HealthPro Hike: Bridgewater Commons – September 7

Join us in the food court of the Bridgewater Commons Mall on Saturday, September 7th @ 9:00 AM for the next RWJ HealthPro Hike. Vivian Moreno, from RWJ Somerset Community Health, will discuss “Healthy Snacks for the Fall Season”, with recipes included. A 45-minute group walk around the 2nd and 3rd levels of the Mall will follow.

RWJ Nature Walk: Duke Farms – September 14

Learn about the Duke Farms property and family history from an experienced docent as we explore the beauty of the grounds while enjoying the fresh air and camaraderie of group exercise. We will meet at the Farm Barn Orientation Center @ 9:00 am on Saturday, September 14th for a 2.5 to 3 mile walk along paved and gravel paths. The Farm Barn Cafe is open 8:30-11:00 am for anyone interested in a post-walk coffee with friends.

RWJ Ranger Walk: Somerset County Parks – September 21

The Somerset County Park Rangers will lead this interpretive group walk on Saturday, September 21st at Natirar Park, Main Street, Peapack. Enjoy the splendor of this property as we walk along the picturesque 1.3 mile Great Meadow Trail and the 1.0 mile Upper Field Nature Trail, crossing fields and meadows, and passing through beautiful wooded areas. We will meet in the upper parking lot next to the barn at 9:00 am. Please refer to the Somerset County Parks website for directions and a park map

All walking events are FREE.

or call 908-685-2814 for more information