VOAD Hosting Disaster Preparedness Seminar For Business Owners

Grassroots organization working to assist the 'backbone' of the community with getting through a flood or other disaster. Some businesses that flooded when Irene hit last year remain closed.

Wayne Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) will host a special seminar this week for business owners about what resources are available to them the next time a flood or other disaster occurs in Wayne.

The meeting will be held at the at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25.

VOAD, a grassroots organization comprised completely of volunteers, works to assist residents and town officials during disasters. It immediately after Tropical Storms Irene and Lee struck the North Jersey area in August of 2011.

The storms particularly hard. Several after the storm. Others have still not reopened.

VOAD worked to help flood victims and other individuals who were without power and unable to live at home during the aftermath of the storm.

“The business owners may not be residents of Wayne but they employ so many people from Wayne. They are the economic backbone of our community,” said VOAD Chair Karyn Ratcliffe. “When we reach out to the business owners we’re really in turn helping the entire community.”

Alyssa Cimino is VOAD’s new liaison to the Wayne business community. Cimino said that business owners make up a vital part of the community and that more needs to be done to help them when a disaster occurs.

The Wayne Long-Term Recovery Group is co-sponsoring the event with VOAD. Councilwoman Lonni Miller Ryan earlier this year to further assist disaster victims with long-term recovery efforts.

“Everyone’s experience with the flooding is different,” Ryan said. “There are businesses that are still struggling. We’re going to try and help them prepare for the next disaster, which doesn’t have to be a flood. It could be a power outage that could last for several days.”

For more information or to pre-register, contact Cimino at 973-986-0412 or e-mail her at alyssa.a.cimino@gmail.com.

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stewart resmer July 23, 2012 at 03:15 PM
oh great another anon poster with an opinion?
Justice July 23, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Nose, there are many individuals who are not able to volunteer to the community, although they want to. Many of these individuals did give their life's blood in the military service of this country. There is no greater gift (other than one's life) than the sacrifices that we (military, for one) have made for the preservation of rights and the constitution of the United States. It may not be totally voluntary now; but at one time our men were drafted to the Vietnam War. They and their subsequent families sacrificed much financially, health, etc.
Nose Wayne July 23, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Stewart, I'd tell you what opinions are like but Dan will DELETE me again. I'm being good Dan !!!! Have you EVER given your time back to the community ? And yes, another anon poster. My name should not matter to anyone, just my honest posts about this town that I live in and care for. Justice,I have the upmost respect for our past and present military. Lost a friend in that war. Just saying people should give back to the community.Friends helping neighbors, that's what it's all about !!!!! SO STEWART, have you ever VOLUNTEERED ?
stewart resmer July 23, 2012 at 04:19 PM
nose I need not account for myself to the equivelant of an electronic key stroke you represent as an anon alter ego nosing about who fears for their indentity being discovered?
stewart resmer July 23, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Nose come down to the police lobby with your id in 15 minutes and we will hash this out shall we?
Nose Wayne July 23, 2012 at 04:26 PM
FIGURED!!!! i TAKE THAT AS A NOSE!!!! I have my personal reasons not to use my name,at least I answer questions honestly and straight to the point. SO, are you going to answer the question or just talk nonscense like you usually do ? DId you ever VOLUNTEER ? SIMPLE YES OR NO ?
Michelle July 23, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Nose, I'd say the answer is no....I wouldn't give anyone my name....that's insanity! Lots of crazies out there, right Stewart....
stewart resmer July 23, 2012 at 05:09 PM
so what you are saying is that you are a proponent of voter ID requirements but refuse to identify your true name and identity as you huff and puff like the spanish inquisitor now? laughable
Michelle July 23, 2012 at 05:17 PM
When I need to give my ID at the poll I don't have the fear that any troll will be using that to harass me at my residence. So the answer is YES I am a proponent of voter ID requirements.
stewart resmer July 23, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Michelle and nosey?and so you troll in anon here instead then right? while you demand every ne else go through life producing tjeir papers then?
Michelle July 23, 2012 at 05:25 PM
For a government election...YES I expect they produce ID! It's nothing like commenting on a public forum! Apples to oranges....I have issues with your comments because in every forum you seem to spew hatred! Why so bitter? I only want the best for my town, just like you, I'm sure. I just don't understand why you hate so much...you NEVER see the other side of things...
Nose Wayne July 23, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Don't need to HASH anything out, I NOSE who I am!!! Why the police station ? Going to arrest me ? Say HELLO to all my friends down there, they all NOSE me !!! Michelle, THANK YOU!!! Stewart sounds a few fries short of a happy meal !!!!!
stewart resmer July 23, 2012 at 05:43 PM
yes i read how you brag about how you put calls in to the chief and have conversations with him cause youre so important, all ya had to do was come on down and show yer id just like you were demanding every body else does, that was your big chance to come out from behind your alter ego. what are yo all so afraid of?
Nose Wayne July 23, 2012 at 05:48 PM
The only huffing and puffing around here is stewart. Michelle is right,if you don't have anything nice to say,don't say it at all.
stewart resmer July 23, 2012 at 05:49 PM
and your true and correct leagl name is?
Michelle July 23, 2012 at 05:51 PM
And you never answered my question....do you actually live in Wayne...what's your address? How stupid to put any personal info on a public forum...that's the very 1st thing I taught my son...
stewart resmer July 23, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I dont owe you any explanations or answers, you and your org have the sworn cone of silence oath right? why should any one else be compelled to provide you with any answers? I mean really? Such hypocracy!
Nose Wayne July 23, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Don't have an ego, and not demanding or bragging about anything.I'm not important,just a caring person who likes to help people. That is all !!!!! Next subject ?
Michelle July 23, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I never signed a code of silence...I'll give you any information I can provide EXCEPT my name or address.
Brother Bob July 23, 2012 at 06:13 PM
How is it you don't owe anyone answers but demand answers from everyone. Can't have it both ways. You have an obsessive need for everyone to answer you questions, but you answer none.
stewart resmer July 23, 2012 at 06:20 PM
BB, all I ever asked was who paid for and how much for public services and assets? and then what? an organized front to not disclose anything with out OPRA? what are you all so afraid of? I am sincerely convinced there is something to hide otherwise why all the secrecy?
Nose Wayne July 23, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Brother Bob July 23, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Thank you, sir.
Nose Wayne July 23, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Stewart is never wrong, ask him,he will tell you. Sorry Bob, don't ask him because he won't tell you anyway.
stewart resmer July 23, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I wonder how many here were at the symposium at the FDU when the reactionary squad from this org ran about the room when people who were actually vicitms of the flooding began asking the very straight forward questions and contradicting the official line? what a spectacle to see the panic in the eyes of lemmings who attempted to assauge the people who most know the truth of what this issue was all about?
Brother Bob July 23, 2012 at 06:48 PM
And the subject is changed.
Nose Wayne July 23, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Thank you again Brother Bob. How about that School they want to put in on Totowa Road ? Go over to that post.
Amused July 23, 2012 at 08:12 PM
By engaging in discourse with the irrational you provide them legitimacy. You will never convince them of anything, only providing them a sturdier soapbox.
Amused July 23, 2012 at 08:13 PM
By engaging in discourse with the irrational you provide them legitimacy. You will never convince them of anything, only providing them a sturdier soapbox.
Daniel Hubbard (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 01:20 PM
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