[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Mullica 12-11-1990 by Ord. No. 21-90. 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 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, 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 chapter 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 are to 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 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.
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 or employees 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 chapter.
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.