[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Longport 2-15-1984. 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, plane crash or other natural causes, as well as national or State of New Jersey emergencies, and in order to ensure that preparations of this Borough will be adequate to deal with such disasters, and generally to provide for the common defense and to protect the public peace, health, safely and to preserve the lives and property of the residents of this Borough, it is hereby found and declared to be necessary to:
Create an Emergency Management Organization;
Provide for the rendering of mutual aid to other cities to cooperate with the state government with respect to carrying out emergency functions; and
To create and test an Emergency Operations Plan for all divisions of Borough government in the event of one of the aforementioned disasters.
It is further declared to be the purpose of this chapter and the policy of this Borough 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 chapter and the policy of this Borough to organize an Emergency Management Organization, in conformity with the Civil Defense Act as directed by Public Law 1942, Chapter 251, as amended. The name of this organization shall be as follows: Department of Police Special Services Bureau Emergency Management Section.
The Mayor of this Borough shall be responsible for the appointment of a qualified Director of this section pursuant to state and federal guidelines as of the date of his or her appointment. It shall be the responsibility of the Director to appoint a Deputy Director and staff as may be needed to effectively operate this section. It is the responsibility of the staff, under the direction of the Director and Deputy Director, to create and test the Emergency Operations Plan and to be prepared to activate it whenever necessary. Such staff shall include a Secretary who shall coordinate all the activities as directed and to work under the Director and his Deputies.
It shall be the responsibility of this organization to carry out and enforce such orders, rules and regulations, as issued by the Mayor or the chain of command as outlined by the Emergency Operations Plan, under the authority of this chapter. The Organization shall have available for inspection all such orders, and rules and regulations made by the Mayor or the chain of command, or under their authority.
The organization shall have a fully-equipped Emergency Operations Center which shall be ready to coordinate all Borough functions in the event of a disaster. It shall also have an alternate operations center planned in the event that the first shall be damaged or unusable.