[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Linwood 4-14-1999 by Ord. No. 4-1999. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Because of the existing and increasing possibility of disasters of unprecedented size and destructiveness resulting from fire, flood, earthquake, hurricane, tropical storm, aircraft accident, rail accident or other natural or man-made causes and in order to ensure that preparations of this City will be adequate to deal with such disasters and generally to provide for the common defense and to protect the public peace, health and safety and to preserve the lives and property of the residents of this City, it is hereby found and declared to be necessary to:
Create an Office of Emergency Management.
Provide for the rendering of mutual aid to other cities within the State of New Jersey and to cooperate with the County and State Offices of Emergency Management.
Create and test an emergency operating plan for all divisions of City government and all volunteer organizations in the event of one of the aforementioned disasters.
Establish an emergency operating center.
It is further declared to be the purpose of this chapter and the policy of this City that all functions of municipal government, as well as volunteer and private agencies of every type, be included in the emergency operating plan so that a comprehensive plan can be developed to make use of all available resources in the event that a disaster does occur.
It shall be the responsibility of the Coordinator to create and test the emergency operating plan and be prepared to activate it whenever necessary.
It is further declared to be the purpose of this chapter and the policy of this City to organize an office of Emergency Management in conformity with the Civil Defense Act as directed by P.L. 1942, c. 251, as amended. The name of this office shall be as follows: Linwood Office of Emergency Management.
The Mayor of this City shall be responsible with the consent of the Common Council for the appointment of a qualified Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator of this Office pursuant to state guidelines as of the date of his/her appointment.
A staff will be appointed by the Coordinator, which will be representative of the various departments of the City as well as other private and public agencies to assist with the emergency operating plan as well as staffing the emergency operating center when activated.
Said staff appointments shall be deemed to fulfill the requirements of N.J.S.A. App. A:9-41.
It shall be the responsibility of this Office to carry out and enforce such orders, rules and regulations as issued under a proclamation of a local state of emergency by the Coordinator. The Office shall have available for inspection all such orders and rules and regulations made by the Coordinator.
The office shall have a fully equipped emergency operating center which shall be ready to coordinate all City functions in the event of an emergency. It shall also have an alternate emergency operating center in the event that the first shall be damaged or unusable.