Borough of Sussex, NJ
Sussex County
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[Ord. No. 2006-12, S1]
It is the intent and purpose of this chapter to formally recognize the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and adopt the principles and policies of the NIMS that will insure the complete and efficient utilization of all of the Borough of Sussex's resources to combat disaster resulting from enemy actions or other disasters as defined herein.
The purpose of the NIMS is to provide a consistent nationwide approach for federal, state, territorial, tribal, and local governments to work effectively and efficiently together to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size, or complexity.
The NIMS provides a common foundation for day to day operations, training and other preparedness efforts; communicating and sharing information with other responders and with the public, ordering resources to assist with a response effort, and for integrating new technologies and standards to support incident management.
[Ord. No. 2006-12, S1]
The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation of this chapter:
Shall mean the Coordinator of the Sussex Borough Office of Emergency Management, appointed as prescribed in this chapter.
Includes but is not limited to actual or threatened enemy attack, sabotage, extraordinary fire, flood, storm, epidemic, accident, chemical spill or other impending or actual calamity endangering or threatening to endanger health, life or property of constituted government.
Refers to the basic government functions of maintaining the public peace, health and safety during an emergency. This term includes plans and preparations for protection and relief, recovery and rehabilitation from effects of an attack by the forces of an enemy nation or the agents thereof, or a disaster as defined herein. It does not, however, include any activity that is the primary responsibility of the military forces of the United States.
Shall mean the employees, equipment and facilities of all borough departments, agencies, boards, councils, institutions and commissions; and in addition, it shall include all volunteer personnel, equipment and facilities contributed by, or obtained from, volunteer persons or agencies that are assigned the duties of responding to emergencies within Sussex Borough.
Shall mean the combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure, designed to aid in domestic incident management activities as outlined in the NIMS Document under Appendix A.
Shall mean a document produced by the Department of Homeland Security under the direction of Presidential Directive-5 that strengthens response capabilities through a balance between flexibility and standardization, and use of common doctrine, terminology, concepts, principles, and processes.
Shall mean the federal agency established to provide strategic direction and oversight of the NIMS, supporting both routine maintenance and continuous refinement of the system and its components. NIC develops and facilitates national standards for the NIMS.
[Ord. No. 2006-12, S1]
The borough formally adopts NIMS as its system of response to a disaster and to provide a common foundation for training and other preparedness efforts, for communicating and sharing information with other responders and with the public, for ordering resources to assist with a response effort and for integrating new technologies and standards to support incident management.
NIMS principles and policies are to be adhered to by all emergency management forces and across all functional disciplines within Sussex Borough.
Sussex Borough shall institutionalize the use of the ICS as outlined in Appendix A of NIMS in order to enhance command, control and communications capabilities.
[Ord. No. 2006-12, S1; Ord. No. 2009-09, S1]
The Sussex Borough Emergency Management Coordinator and his/her designee shall serve as the Coordinator of NIMS operations pursuant to this chapter.
The coordinator shall have the following duties and responsibilities:
To consult with other agencies, municipalities, and affected organizations in Sussex Borough to recommend levels of NIMS training. However, it shall be the responsibility of each agency to implement said training and to ensure its own commitment to NIMS.
To oversee Sussex Borough's commitment to NIMS through planning, training, and implementation.
[Ord. No. 2006-12, S1]
The municipal organizations listed below are hereby directed to ratify this chapter and adopt it as their own including all forms and conditions specified herein.
Sussex Fire Department
Sussex First Aid Squad