On the heeels of the September 11th and Hurricane Irene anniversaries, an awareness campaign has been launched in New Jersey to help residents prepare themselves in the case of a sudden emergency.

Assembly Homeland Security Committee Chair Annette Quijano (D) partnered with the United Way of Greater Union County to start the program, which targets senior citizens first.

On Friday, at the first in a series of events, hundreds of seniors were on hand at an Elizabeth senior center to learn about emergency preparedness from public safety representatives like State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes. Participants received a sample Emergency "Go Bag."

Taking a cue from federal emergency officials, Quijano said residents should take the following steps:

  1. Get a kit
  2. Make a plan
  3. Be informed

Quijano added, "Everyone should take a moment to review the federal government's recommendations for preparing their family for an emergency."

Throughout this month and the beginning of October, similar events will occur in every town of Quijano's district (20). Beyond that, Quijano hopes the campaign can reach residents of other age groups.