LIVINGSTON, NJ — In addition to promoting a new chief and six officers during a swearing-in ceremony last week, the Livingston Township Council also acknowledged the police department by declaring September as National Preparedness Month in an effort to encourage residents to know the public safety resources that are available to them through the department and beyond.

National Preparedness Month urges community members to become more aware of both the importance of being prepared for emergencies of all types and the planning resources that are available.

In congratulating newly appointed Chief of Police Gary Marshuetz through a proclamation issued by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, County Freeholders Pat Sebold and Len Luciano, both Livingston natives, spoke of the importance of public safety and expressed their confidence in the Livingston Police Department.

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“We on the freeholder board care deeply about public safety,” said Luciano, who also serves as an auxiliary police officer for Livingston. “If you don’t have public safety in our communities, you don’t have anything at all. I don’t just mean personal safety; I also mean traffic safety, roadways, and I know that we’re in good hands under Chief Gary Marshuetz.”

As a good friend of the new chief’s, Sebold added that she was thrilled to present the proclamation to Marshuetz.

“Livingston is really very, very fortunate that we have Gary Marshuetz as our new police chief because he is absolutely a wonderful person,” she said.

The Annual Ready Campaign, which is run each September by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), reminds citizens that anything can happen, anytime, anywhere, and why it’s essential to be prepared. 

Basic preparedness guidance includes assembling an emergency kit that provides for three to five days of supplies in case of interruption in electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or other local services.

Emergency kits should include non-perishable food and water, prescription medications, baby supplies and any additional items for special medical needs.

The kit should also include important phone numbers for doctors as well as cell phone chargers.

A battery-operated radio, flashlights, extra batteries as well as non-electric items likes can openers should also be included.

The needs of pets should also be taken into consideration when planning and making an emergency kit.

In recognition of National Preparedness Month, the FEMA has issued a series of detailed guidelines designed to help the public learn and practice emergency skills. Learn more at

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