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September is National Preparedness Month

Posted: August 25, 2006

Randolph officials kickoff National Preparedness Month
Randolph officials kickoff National Preparedness Month and ask residents to learn more about how to be prepared for emergencies

The Randolph Township Council is strongly encouraging residents of Randolph Township to be prepared for emergencies, whether from a natural disaster, or generated by a terrorist action. Preparedness can start right at home. Individuals and families can do a lot to create a “ready” environment for safety and survival.

Our theme is: Get Ready. Get Involved. Be Safe!

September is National Preparedness Month as sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security. The goal is to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies, and to encourage individuals to take action needed to actually be prepared.

Throughout September, Homeland Security will work with a wide variety of organizations, including local, state and federal government agencies and the private sector, to highlight the importance of family emergency preparedness and promote individual involvement through events and activities across the nation. Randolph Township is in the vanguard of this initiative through extensive community security endeavors.

“During this, the 5th anniversary of 9/11, it is critical that all residents of Randolph Township never forget the sacrifices made by those who perished on that tragic day of terrorism, and those who stand in the vanguard of protecting us against the terror threats still out there,” stated Randolph Mayor Gary C. Algeier.

Randolph citizens who perished during the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers:

  • David G. Carlone, 46—married to Beverly, three children—Darrick, Nicholas and Matthew. Mr. Carlone had worked for many years at the World Trade Center, but quit his job to work as an account executive at PM Global in Parsippany so he could be closer to his family. On the morning of September 11th, Mr. Carlone was attending a business meeting at Aon Corp’s offices on the 105th floor of 2 World Trade Center.
  • Jason K. Jacobs, 32—married to Jennifer, daughter Zoe. Mr. Jacobs was a business partner in the technology group of Fiduciary Trust Co., at their 97th floor office in the World Trade Center’s South Tower. Mr. Jacobs graduated from Syracuse University with a double major degree in Political Science and Broadcast Journalism. He was passionate about cooking, and, most of all, his family.
  • Steven H. Russin, 32—married to Andrea Lynn, son Alec Joseph. Mr. Russin was born and raised in Marlboro and attended Marlboro High School. He was hired by Cantor Fitzgerald, became a partner, and was working at their 104th floor office of 1 World Trade Center on September 11th. Four days after the terrorist attacks, Mrs. Russin gave birth to their twin daughters, Olivia Sabrina Gail and Ariella Sarah Dayle.
  • Francis J. Skidmore, Jr., 58—married to Catherine, two sons Francis III and Patrick, one daughter Melissa. Mr. Skidmore was a trader with Euro Brokers on the 85th floor of 2 World Trade Center. Mr. Skidmore was a tireless volunteer and advocate for the poor. He volunteered as a Eucharistic minister, fundraised for the Academy of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, and collected food and household goods for needy families in Central Appalachia.

“Randolph lost four of its finest citizens on 9/11, and it is important that we remember their humor, decency and kindness and commitment to community and family with reverence,” stated Algeier. “This loss, the events of 9/11, and the continued threat since then have prompted your council and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) here in town to establish a Homeland Security Task Force for community preparedness. We have worked hard on a community-wide basis, and now this includes reaching out to individual families, and bring home the importance of preparedness, and each individual’s responsibility for a critical aspect of his own safety.”

“By providing important information to our residents concerning preparedness, our families and community can self-help, and increase their own level of safety. We must remain vigilant in this age of terror—we are still a nation at war and must prepare accordingly,” proclaimed Algeier.

To learn more about how you and your family can prepare for emergencies, visit www.ready.gov. Want to take things a step further? Get training in first aid and emergency response and get involved in preparing your community. Citizen Corps provides residents with opportunities to prepare, train and support local emergency responders. For more information, visit www.citizencorps.gov.