[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Hamilton as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 4-20-1987 by Ord. No. 941-87]
Because of the existing and increasing possibility of disasters of unprecedented size and destructiveness, resulting from fire, flood, earthquake, hurricane, tropical storm, plane crash or other natural or man-made causes, and in order to ensure that preparations of this township will be adequate to deal with such disasters in addition to civil insurrection, war or any hostility towards the United States, 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 township, 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 adjoining states and to cooperate with the state government with respect to carrying out emergency functions.
Create and test an emergency operations plan for all divisions of township government in the event of one of the aforementioned disasters.
It is further declared to be the purpose of this article and the policy of this township that all emergency functions of the state government, including its various departments and agencies, of the county government and of the other municipalities and private agencies of every type be included in the emergency operations 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 is further declared to be the purpose of this article and the policy of this township to organize an Office of Emergency Management in conformity with the Civil Defense Act as directed by P.L. 1942, c. 251, as amended.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. A:9-33 et seq.
The Mayor of this township shall be responsible for the appointment of a qualified Coordinator of this office pursuant to state and federal guidelines as of the date of his/her appointment. The Coordinator shall serve for a term of three years subject to fulfilling the requirements of state statute (N.J.S.A. App. A:9-40.1). It shall be the responsibility of the Coordinator to appoint a Deputy Coordinator and such staff as may be needed to effectively operate this office. The appointment of each Deputy Coordinator is subject to the approval of the Mayor and, whenever possible, shall be appointed from among the salaried officers of employers of the municipality. It is the responsibility of the staff, under the direction of the Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator, to create and test the emergency operations plan and to be prepared to activate it whenever necessary.
It shall be the responsibility of this organization to carry out and enforce such orders, rules and regulations, as issued by the Coordinator or the chain of command as outlined by the emergency operations plan, under the authority of this article.
The Office of Emergency Management, through its Coordinator, shall be responsible for the planning, activating, coordinating and conduct of disaster control operations within the township.
The Office shall accordingly establish a fully equipped emergency operations center within the Municipal Communications Center, which shall be ready to coordinate all township functions in the event of a disaster. The Office shall also plan for an alternative operations center in the event that the primary communications center is damaged or unusable.
There is herewith established a Local Emergency Management Council which shall be composed of not more than 15 members appointed by the Mayor and who shall hold office at the will and pleasure of the Mayor. The Emergency Management Coordinator shall be a member and shall serve as Chairman of said Emergency Management Council.
The Emergency Management Council shall assist the township in establishing the various local volunteer agencies needed to meet the requirements of all local civilian defense and emergency management activities in accordance with the rules and regulations established by the Governor of the State of New Jersey in pursuance of the provisions of the State Civil Defense Act.
[Adopted 3-18-1991 by Ord. No. 1068-91]
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-156.1, there is hereby established a mutual aid agreement with all other municipalities in Atlantic County, New Jersey, who adopt a reciprocal ordinance to provide mutual police aid in case of emergency. This agreement shall apply whenever the Township of Hamilton may have an emergency within its boundaries requiring additional police assistance to protect life and property or to assist in suppressing a riot or disorder, and whenever another municipality in this county who has enacted a reciprocal ordinance may experience a similar emergency requiring additional police assistance.
The Chief or head of the Police Department of the Township of Hamilton is authorized to request assistance from the Chief or other head of the Police Department of another municipality within Atlantic County to provide aid during and after said emergency.
The Chief or head of the Police Department of the Township of Hamilton shall provide assistance to another municipality or municipalities in Atlantic County making a valid request to supply such personnel and equipment as required to the extent possible without endangering persons or property within the Township of Hamilton. The members of the Police Department supplying aid shall have the same powers, authority, rights and immunities of the members of the police force of the municipality to which assistance is rendered.
The Township of Hamilton shall, upon providing assistance to another municipality who has enacted a reciprocal mutual aid ordinance, assume the cost and expense of providing its personnel and equipment to the requesting municipality, except in such instances when the requesting municipality receives state or federal aid by way of reimbursement. In such circumstances, the cost incurred shall be submitted to the community requesting assistance.
Members of the police force of the Township of Hamilton suffering injury, or their legal representatives if death results, while rendering assistance in another municipality shall be entitled to all such benefits they would have realized if injury or death had occurred in the performance of normal duties in the Township of Hamilton.