[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Stafford 3-20-1984 by Ord. No. 84-24. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Mayor shall appoint an Emergency Management Coordinator from among the residents of the municipality. The Emergency Management Coordinator shall serve, subject to fulfilling the requirements of this section, for a term of three years.
As a condition of his appointment and his right to continue for the full term of his appointment, the Emergency Management Coordinator shall have successfully completed, at the time of his appointment or within one year immediately following his appointment, the current approved civil defense director - coordinator course. 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 Emergency Management Coordinator shall appoint an Emergency Management Deputy Coordinator with the approval of the Mayor. Wherever possible, such Deputy shall be appointed from among the salaried officers or employees of the municipality.
The Emergency Management Coordinator shall be responsible for the planning, activating, coordinating and the conduct of disaster control operations within the Township.
Whenever, in his opinion, a disaster has occurred or is imminent in any municipality, the Emergency Management Coordinator of that municipality shall proclaim a state or local disaster emergency within the Township. The Emergency Management Coordinator, in accordance with regulations promulgated by the State Civilian Defense Director, 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 Township.
There is hereby created an Emergency Management Service Council, to be composed of not more than 15 members, who shall be appointed by the Mayor and 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 the Emergency Management Service Council.
The Emergency Management Service Council shall assist the municipality in establishing the various local volunteer agencies needed to meet the requirements of all local civil defense and disaster control activities in accordance with the rules and regulations established by the Governor of the State of New Jersey.
The Emergency Management Service Council is authorized, within the limits of appropriations, to establish an adequate organization to assist in supervising and coordinating the civil defense and disaster control activities of the local municipality.
The Emergency Management Coordinator shall appoint an Operations Officer with the approval of the Mayor. The Operations Officer shall be under the authority of the Emergency Management Coordinator and the Emergency Management Deputy Coordinator. The Operations Officer shall be responsible for implementing the directions of the Emergency Management Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator during any emergency or test drill.