[HISTORY: Adopted by the governing body of the Township of Little Falls 2-6-1989 by Ord. No. 611; readopted at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The position of Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator is based on provision of public laws and directives which carry the force of law as follows:
New Jersey state law: New Jersey Statutes Annotated (N.J.S.A.) Appendix A:9-33 et seq. (P.L. 1942, c. 251, as amended by P.L. 1953, c. 438). These laws set forth responsibilities, obligations and authorities.
Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of State Police, Directive No. 102, July 24, 1987.
New Jersey Office of Emergency Management Directive No. 61, November 19, 1986.
The governing body shall appoint a Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator from among the residents of the municipality. The Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator shall serve for a term of three years. The Municipal Emergency Management coordinator shall have a minimum of one year's experience in the planning, development and administration of emergency response activities such as those provided by police, fire, rescue, medical or emergency management units, either in the public or private sector or in the military service.
As a condition of appointment and the right to continue for the full term of the appointment, the Coordinator shall successfully complete the approved courses within one year of appointment. The failure of any Emergency Management Coordinator to fulfill such requirements within the period prescribed shall disqualify the coordinator from continuing in the office of Coordinator, and thereupon a vacancy in said office shall be deemed to have been created. The Governor may remove a Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator at any time for cause.
Each Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator shall appoint one and may appoint more than one Deputy Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator(s) with the approval of the governing body. Wherever possible, such Deputy(ies) shall be appointed from among the salaried officers or employees of the municipality.
The Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator shall be responsible for the planning, activating, coordinating and the conduct of emergency management operations within the municipality.
Wherever, in the opinion of the Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator, a disaster has occurred or is imminent in the municipality, the Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator shall proclaim a state of local disaster emergency within the municipality.
The Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator, in accordance with regulations promulgated by the State Director of Emergency Management, shall be empowered to issue and enforce such orders as may be necessary to implement and carry out emergency management operations and to protect the health, safety and resources of the residents of the municipality.
The County Emergency Management Coordinator shall be immediately advised of the proclamation of a state of local disaster emergency by the Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator and the action taken.
The Emergency Management Coordinator shall also perform any of the duties and functions which nay from time to time hereafter be required by statute.
There is hereby created an Emergency Management Council to be composed of not more than 15 members who shall be appointed by the governing body and shall hold office at the will and pleasure of the governing body. 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 Township in establishing the various local volunteer and Township agencies needed to meet the requirements of all local emergency management defense and disaster control activities in accordance with the rules and regulations established by the Governor of the State of New Jersey.
Evaluate the need for resources to develop, implement and exercise the emergency plan.
Make recommendations regarding what resources are required and how they can be provided.
Prepare and submit an emergency plan and annexes in conformance with the guidance materials provided by the County Coordinator.
Provide assistance to the Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator in the preparation of the emergency operations plans and annexes.