[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights 10-9-1984 by Ord. No. 1283. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Hazardous substances — See Ch. 156.
There is hereby created for the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights an Office of Emergency Management as hereinafter defined and as mandated by the Federal Civil Defense Act of 1950 and by the New Jersey Civil Defense Act (N.J.S.A. App.A:9-33).
The primary responsibility and authority for the Office of Emergency Management shall be charged to the Emergency Management Coordinator. The Emergency Management Coordinator shall be appointed by the Mayor and shall at all times be a resident of the Borough. Subject to fulfilling the requirements of this section, the Emergency Management Coordinator shall serve for a term of three years. As a condition of such appointment and of the right to continue to hold office, the Emergency Management Coordinator shall have successfully completed at the time of his or her appointment, or within one year immediately following such appointment, the current, approved educational course mandated by the State of New Jersey for such position. The failure of the Emergency Management Coordinator to fulfill such educational requirements within the time period prescribed shall disqualify the Coordinator from continuing in office and shall create a vacancy in said position.
The Emergency Management Coordinator shall have the following duties and responsibilities:
Actual emergency situations. Whenever, in his or her opinion, a disaster has occurred or is imminent within the Borough, the Emergency Management Coordinator shall proclaim a state of local disaster emergency and, in accordance with regulations promulgated by the State Civilian Defense Director or his successor, shall be empowered to issue and enforce such orders as may be necessary to implement and carry out disaster control operations and to protect the health, safety and resources of the residents of the Borough.
Nonemergencies. In circumstances not constituting an emergency, the Emergency Management Coordinator shall be responsible for the planning, activating, coordinating and conduct of emergency management and disaster-control operations within the Borough. In order to redevelop readiness for operations in emergencies, the Emergency Management Coordinator shall, within budgetary limitations, have the duty and authority to do the following:
Develop an Emergency Operating Center (EOC) facility, a protected site from which key local officials control operations.
Develop EOC staffing internal procedures to permit key local officials to conduct coordinated operations in emergencies.
Conduct tests and exercises to give key local officials practice in directing coordinated operations under simulated emergency conditions.
Provide knowledge and advice to operating departments on the special conditions and operating requirements that would be imposed by peacetime or attack disasters.
Develop local government emergency operations plans outlining which local forces and supporting groups would do what in both peacetime and attack disasters and specifying local organization for major emergencies.
Establish a system to warn the public of peacetime or attack disasters.
Establish a system to alert key local officials.
Organize a radiological monitoring and analysis system, including procurement of instruments and training and exercising of personnel.
Coordinate and lead emergency communications planning, secure necessary equipment and exercise emergency communications.
Coordinate with doctors, hospitals and public and private sector medical personnel to develop emergency medical plans and capabilities as a part of local emergency plans.
Establish and maintain a shelter system.
Establish and exercise an emergency public information system and train personnel to use it.
Coordinate with welfare offices, the Red Cross and other voluntary groups to develop emergency welfare capabilities to care for people needing mass care as a result of peacetime or attack disasters.
Coordinate and maintain relationships with industry to develop industrial emergency plans and capabilities in support of local government emergency plans.
Assist local operating departments (e.g., fire, police and public works) with radiological defense and other training needs.
Coordinate and participate in training programs for public disaster preparedness.
Assist in the establishment of mutual-aid agreements to provide needed services, equipment or other resources in an emergency.
Prepare, submit and justify the annual emergency management budget.
Secure matching funds and other assistance available through the emergency management program and through other federal programs (includes preparing annual program papers and other documents required for federal assistance programs).
Establish a mandatory protocol/directive for notification by the police desk officer on specified occurrences.
There shall be appointed by the Mayor, upon recommendation of the Emergency Management Coordinator, a Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator. The Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator shall, wherever possible, be appointed from among the salaried officers or employees of the Borough and shall serve at the will and pleasure of the appointing authority. The Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator shall aid and assist the Emergency Management Coordinator in fulfilling his or her duties and shall assume said duties in the absence or illness of the Emergency Management Coordinator.
There shall be hereby created an Emergency Management Council which shall be composed of not more than 15 members. Members of the Emergency Council shall be appointed by the Mayor and shall hold office at the will and pleasure of the appointing authority. The Emergency Management Coordinator shall be a member and shall serve as Chairman of the Emergency Management Council. The Emergency Management Council shall assist the Borough in establishing the various local volunteer agencies needed to meet the requirements of all local civilian defense, disaster control and emergency management activities in accordance with the rules and regulations established by the Governor pursuant to the New Jersey Civil Defense Act. Within budgetary limitations, the Emergency Management Council is authorized to establish an adequate organization to assist in supervising and coordinating the civilian defense, disaster control and emergency management activities within the Borough.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. App. A:9-33 et seq.
All persons named or appointed hereunder shall serve without salary or compensation for the performance of duties or services herein prescribed, except that this section shall not be construed to deny to persons performing duties or services under this chapter the benefits and privileges set forth in the New Jersey Civil Defense Act.
Neither the Borough nor any person named or appointed hereunder nor any volunteer in good faith carrying out, complying with or attempting to comply with any order, rule or regulation promulgated pursuant to the provisions of this chapter or performing any authorized service in connection therewith shall be liable for any injury or death to persons or damage to property as the result of any such activity.