Velez: Communications key to protect disabled residents during disasters like Sandy

TRENTON – Constant contact and good communication plays a central role during disasters like super storm Sandy, says the head of the state Department of Human Services.

Commissioner Jennifer Velez told Assembly lawmakers Monday good communication is pivotal both during disasters and immediately following such events. The commissioner testified before the Assembly Human Services Committee to discuss the agency’s preparedness for Sandy, as well as what is being done in the post-Sandy days to help protect some of the state’s most vulnerable residents.

“We need to have clear roles among all the partners involved,” said Velez, speaking about state and federal officials.

“This is going to be a constant on the agenda,” she said, explaining, “To stay [in] close contact.”

Velez is among a handful of officials giving testimony to the committee regarding preparedness for people with developmental disabilities and other vulnerable residents.

Velez: Communications key to protect disabled residents during disasters like Sandy