March 19, 2020

MERCER COUNTY, NJ — In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes wants residents to be aware of “Register Ready,” New Jersey’s statewide Disability and Access and Functional Need (DAFN) registry.

This free, secure, voluntary database allows New Jersey residents with disabilities or access and functional needs, and their families, friends, caregivers and associates, an opportunity to provide  information to emergency response agencies so responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency.

“Arming emergency responders with this information could be lifesaving in a situation where every second counts,” Mr. Hughes said. “The information is confidential and will only be used for emergency response and planning.”

People are encouraged to register if they have a physical, developmental, cognitive or behavioral impairment, language barrier, or transportation challenge that may make it difficult for them to safely shelter in place or evacuate in a disaster. Registrants will receive disaster preparedness information, assistance registering special needs and alerts for emergency situations. Go to: http://www.registerready.nj.gov; or telephone 2-1-1 (within New Jersey) or 877-652-1148 toll free (TTY/ TDD and translation services available).

Have general questions about COVID-19? — The NJ Poison Control Center and 211 have partnered with the state to provide information to the public on COVID-19. Call 2-1-1 or call (24/7) 1-800-962-1253; or text NJCOVID to 898-211; or text your ZIP code to 898-211 for live text assistance; or visit nj.gov/health for additional information.

Coping with Stress. Stress and anxiety are real emotions during unsettling times. The Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and the New Jersey Department of Health offer good advice on how to deal with heightened emotions. If you or someone you care about are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, call the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 (TTY 1-800-846-8517). 

For handouts and posters on the coronavirus to share with your coworkers, family and friends, please visit the CDC at:


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