[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Leonia 3-5-2007 by Ord. No. 02-07. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby created the positions of Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator, Deputy Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator and Second Deputy Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator.
The position of Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator is based on provisions of public laws and directives which carry the force of law, including New Jersey Statutes Annotated (N.J.S.A.) Appendix A:9-33 et seq. (Chapter 251 P.L. 1942, as amended by Chapter 438, P.L. 1953). The positions of Deputy Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator and Second Deputy Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator shall have the same duties and responsibilities in the absence of the Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator.
The Mayor 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. 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 Governor may remove a Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator at any time for cause.
Duties of Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator:
The Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator shall be responsible for planning, activating, coordinating and the conduct of emergency management operations within the municipality.
The Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator shall be a member and shall serve as Chairman of the local Emergency Management Council.
Each Emergency Management Coordinator shall appoint one and may appoint more than one Deputy Emergency Management Coordinators and Second Deputy Emergency Coordinators with the approval of the Mayor. Wherever possible, such Deputies shall be appointed from among the salaried officers of the municipality.
Pursuant to New Jersey Office of Emergency Management Directive No. 61, November 19, 1986:
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 within the municipality.
The Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator, in accordance with regulations promulgated by the State Director of Emergency Management, shall 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 Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator shall have a minimum of two years' 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.
Must be a resident of the municipality.
Must have a good reputation and a sound moral character.
The Borough of Leonia is an equal opportunity employer. All persons shall have the opportunity to obtain employment without discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status or physical handicap, subject only to conditions and limitations applicable alike to all persons.
The Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator shall complete the following courses:
Continuing education. Following the completion of the first year's courses, the Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator must complete 24 hours of emergency management continuing education per year. All courses taken by the Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator must be submitted to and approved by the County Emergency Management Coordinator.
The Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator is responsible for the provision of leadership in the field of emergency management at the municipal level of government. As such, the Coordinator is responsible for emergency management program administration and program development encompassing the four phases of emergency management, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. The Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator shall also be responsible for the following:
Insure that the Municipal Office of Emergency Management is available on a twenty-four-hour basis.
Supervise the day-to-day operations of the Municipal Office of Emergency Management.
Insure that the Borough of Leonia meets all the requirements for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Emergency Management Assistance Program, including meeting goals agreed to in the annual work plan, maintaining a currently approved municipal emergency operating plan, and providing the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management with quarterly program status reports, if applicable.
Prepare, submit and justify the annual municipal emergency management budget.
Secure county, state and federal technical and financial assistance available through the County Office of Emergency Management.
Personally attend at least 75% of the scheduled County Office of Emergency Management meetings. The Coordinator must assure representation at all other county emergency management meetings.
Maintain a continuing knowledge of all municipal, county, state and federal laws and plans concerning emergency management.
Maintain adequate files, records and correspondence relating to emergency management activities.
Coordinate with the municipal agencies, departments and bureaus regarding emergency management responsibilities.
Implement policies and procedures regarding emergency management.
Conduct quarterly staff meetings, providing advance notice to the County Office of Emergency Management.
Receive and react to weather emergency notifications.
Cooperate with national warning system (NAWAS) program.
Comply with all directives, rules and regulations issued by the State Office of Emergency Management.
Conduct a minimum of one exercise per year, providing a minimum thirty-day advance notice through the County Office of Emergency Management to the State Office of Emergency Management.
Program development. Recruit, organize, coordinate and train a staff to administer the following emergency management functions and programs:
Alerting and warning.
Emergency operations center.
Emergency public information.
Fire and rescue.
Shelter, reception and care.