SUMMIT, NJ - September may be Volunteer First Aid Squad Month in Summit, but it’s also National Preparedness Month, a perfect time to review plans for what to do when the next disaster strikes.  In the past two years, Hurricane Irene, a heavy October snow storm, a new phenomenon labeled “super storm” Sandy and a tornado all have impacted Summit significantly.  All had similar results, disrupting power and other utilities, public transportation and the ability for many businesses and institutions to remain open.

The First Aid Squad will host a session entitled “Are You Ready” September 29 at 7 p.m. at their building on Summit Avenue across from the Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School (LCJSMS).  Participants will learn how to create a disaster plan, build a supply kit, and make the “stay or go” decision.  Information from the American Red Cross and the City’s newly forming Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT) will also be available.

All are welcome and there is no charge for the class.  Anyone interested in attending should contact the First Aid Squad via email at:  A similar session will also be hosted by the Summit Police on September 25 at LCJSMS.  The all volunteer First Aid Squad is always looking for new members to join its ranks.  All needed training, uniforms and equipment is provided.  For information, call 908 / 277-9479, or visit