New Jersey Task Force One (NJ-TF1) – The State’s Urban Search & Rescue Team – April 2015

New Jersey Task Force One (NJ-TF1) – The State’s Urban Search & Rescue Team   

NJ_TF1 Poster - jpeg Who is NJ-TF1?

New Jersey Task Force One is the State’s Urban Search and Rescue Team. They operate under the auspices of the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) & New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM). They are comprised of technical search & rescue specialists who are at the top of their game from both the public and private sectors. All training conforms to FEMA US&R System and NFPA 1670 and 1006 standards.

History

NJ-TF1 was established in 1996 to address a Technical Rescue void in our State’s emergency response plan. The team currently resides within the Division of State Police, Homeland Security Branch, Emergency Management Section, Emergency Response Bureau, USAR Unit.

Since its inception, NJ-TF1 has responded to many structural collapse incidents and natural disaster events. Some include the NYC World Trade Center attacks, the Atlantic City parking garage collapse, the ’04 Warren County flood/swift water rescue events, the Eatontown commercial building gas explosion, Hurricane Katrina, the Southampton trench resue, the Passaic County floods, the Hackensack collapse, Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy. In addition to operational deployments, NJ-TF1 participated in the TOPOFF 3 Exercise in New London, CT. NJ-TF1 has also been requested to provide Technical Rescue equipment and assistance during the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, PA and the Democratic National Convention in NYC.

How They Operate

The team is divided into six distinct components, Search, Rescue, Planning, Logistics, HazMat, and Medical. All components train regularly in their respective discipline at the NJ-TF1 Training Facility in Lakehurst, NJ.

What They Provide

  • Incident Advance Team to assist the Incident Commander in assessment and technical support.
  • 100,000 pounds of state-of-the-art search and rescue equipment.
  • Self-Sufficiency for the first 72 hours with base camp, supplies and communications in order not to impact local resources.
  • Deployment up to 10 days with a 80 member task force.
  • Modular or full deployment depending on Incident Commander’s needs
  • Over 210 members with expertise in the following disciplines:
    • Structural Collapse
    • Confined Space/Trench Rescue
    • High Angle/Rope Rescue
    • Flood/Swift Water Rescue
    • K9 & Technical Search
    • HazMat
    • Structural Engineering
    • Technical Information
    • Heavy Rigging
    • Logistics & Communications
    • Incident Accountability & Planning
    • Medical Triage & Treatment

How To Activate NJ-TF1

To request NJ-TF1 during an emergency, call the Regional Operations Intelligence Center (ROIC) at 609-963-6900

Want more information? Check out this informational video to see the incredible work NJ-TF1 performs: https://youtu.be/8YoxqNS2vN4

To obtain an application package or additional information on NJ-TF1 call 732-657-7001 or visit: http://www.state.nj.us/njoem/taskforce1

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CERT TTT Program Manager Course – June 2015

NEW JERSEY CITIZEN CORPS   &

NEW JERSEY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

IN COOPERATION WITH

SOMERSET COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

PRESENTS:

CERT

   TRAIN–THE– TRAINER

PROGRAM MANAGER COURSE

JUNE 18-19, 2015

SOMERSET COUNTY

EMERGENCY SERVICES TRAINING ACADEMY

402 ROYCEFIELD ROAD

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ 08844

All training materials will be provided to each attendee.

There are NO COSTS to attend.

LUNCH will be provided both days.

You MUST REGISTER and BE APPROVED

by NJOEM to attend this course.

TO REGISTER – GO TO

WWW.READY.NJ.GOV

CLICK ON “NJ RESIDENTS” / “VOLUNTEERS” LINK – THEN CLICK “CERT” LINK

Scroll down to

“UPCOMING CERT TTT COURSES SCHEDULED” –

OPEN REGISTRATION LINK – COMPLETE FORM AND FAX TO

HOWARD BUTT @ 609-530-3649

NJOEM will contact you to approve your training application

QUESTIONS – CONTACT

HOWARD BUTT NJSP / NJOEM

609-963-6995   LPPBUTTH@GW.NJSP.ORG

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Early Dismissal of State Offices Friday, March 20, 2015

Due to the inclement weather there is an early dismissal of all state offices starting on a staggered schedule at 2pm today, Friday March 20, 2015. The early dismissal does not include essential employees who shall remain until the normal close of business.

REMINDER: NJ is covered by two different weather stations: Mount Holly, NJ for most of the State and Upton, NY for the NE part of the State. The forecasters don’t always send out their briefings at the same time so we update you as we receive information.

For the latest updates and to see these maps in a larger format please click on the following sites.
For Northeast NJ residents and commuters to/from NYC, please visit: http://www.weather.gov/okx/.
For the rest of the state please visit: http://www.weather.gov/phi/.
For traffic incidents and conditions visit: http://www.511nj.org/

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New Jersey State Offices Will Be Closed Today, March 5, 2015

Due to the Winter Storm State Offices will be CLOSED on March 5, 2015.

#NewJersey #StateOfEmergency

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Delayed Opening of State Offices until 11am – March 5, 2015

Due to the Winter Storm there will be a DELAYED OPENING UNTIL 11AM on March 5, 2015.

Please stay tuned to social media and other media outlets for any early morning updates to State Offices status.

#NewJersey #StateOfEmergency

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State of Emergency Declared Beginning March 4, 2015 – Executive Order 175

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 175
WHEREAS, beginning on March 4, 2015, the State of New
Jersey is expected to experience a winter storm with heavy
snow, mixed precipitation including ice, and freezing
temperatures throughout the State; and
WHEREAS, the National Weather Service has issued storm
warnings for New Jersey, including a Winter Storm Warning and a
Winter Storm Watch; and
WHEREAS, this winter storm is predicted to produce
hazardous travel conditions, cause fallen trees and power
outages, and produce potential coastal, stream, and river
flooding; and
WHEREAS, the impending weather conditions may make it
difficult or impossible for citizens to obtain the necessities
of life, as well as essential services such as police, fire,
and first aid; and
WHEREAS, it is necessary to take action in advance of the
storm to lessen the threat to lives and property in this State;
and
WHEREAS, the impending weather conditions constitute an
imminent hazard, which threatens and presently endangers the
health, safety, and resources of the residents of one or more
municipalities and counties of this State; and
WHEREAS, this situation may become too large in scope to
be handled by the normal county and municipal operating
services in some parts of this State; and
WHEREAS, the Constitution and statutes of the State of New
Jersey, particularly the provisions of N.J.S.A. App. A:9-33 et
seq., N.J.S.A. 38A:3-6.1, and N.J.S.A. 38A:2-4, and all
amendments and supplements thereto, confer upon the Governor of
the State of New Jersey certain emergency powers;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHRIS CHRISTIE, Governor of the State
of New Jersey, in order to protect the health, safety, and
welfare of the people of the State of New Jersey, DO DECLARE
and PROCLAIM that a State of Emergency exists in the State of
New Jersey and I hereby ORDER and DIRECT the following:
1. I authorize and empower the State Director of
Emergency Management to activate those elements of the State
Emergency Operations Plan that he deems necessary to further
safeguard the public security, health, and welfare, to direct
the activation of county and municipal emergency operations
plans as necessary, and to coordinate the response and recovery
efforts from this emergency with all governmental agencies,
volunteer organizations, and the private sector.
2. I authorize and empower the State Director of
Emergency Management, who is the Superintendent of State
Police, in accordance with N.J.S.A. App. A:9-33 et seq.,
through the police agencies under his control, to determine the
control and direction of the flow of vehicular traffic on any
State or interstate highway, municipal or county road, and any
access road, including the right to detour, reroute, or divert
any or all traffic and to prevent ingress or egress from any
area that, in the State Director’s discretion, is deemed
necessary for the protection of the health, safety, and welfare
of the public, and to remove parked or abandoned vehicles from
such roadways as conditions warrant.
3. I authorize and empower the Attorney General,
pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-213, acting through
the Superintendent of State Police, to determine the control
and direction of the flow of vehicular traffic on any State,
municipal, county, or interstate highway, and its access roads,
including the right to detour, reroute, or divert any or all
traffic, and to prevent ingress or egress from any area to
which the declaration of emergency applies, and further
authorize all law enforcement officers to enforce any such
order of the Superintendent of State Police within their
respective municipalities.
4. I authorize and empower the State Director of
Emergency Management to order the evacuation of all persons,
except for those emergency and governmental personnel whose
presence the State Director deems necessary, from any area
where their continued presence would present a danger to their
health, safety, or welfare because of the conditions created by
this emergency.
5. I authorize and empower the State Director of
Emergency Management to utilize all facilities owned, rented,
operated, and maintained by the State of New Jersey to house
and shelter persons who may need to be evacuated from a
residence, dwelling, building, structure, or vehicle during the
course of this emergency.
6. I authorize and empower the executive head of any
agency or instrumentality of the State government with
authority to promulgate rules to waive, suspend, or modify any
existing rule the enforcement of which would be detrimental to
the public welfare during this emergency, notwithstanding the
provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act or any law to
the contrary for the duration of this Executive Order, subject
to my prior approval and in consultation with the State
Director of Emergency Management. Any such waiver,
modification, or suspension shall be promulgated in accordance
with N.J.S.A. App. A:9-45.
7. I authorize and empower the Adjutant General, in
accordance with N.J.S.A. 38A:2-4 and N.J.S.A. 38A:3-6.1, to
order to active duty such members of the New Jersey National
Guard who, in the Adjutant General’s judgment, are necessary to
provide aid to those localities where there is a threat or
danger to the public health, safety, and welfare and to
authorize the employment of any supporting vehicles, equipment,
communications, or supplies as may be necessary to support the
members so ordered.
8. In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. App.
A:9-34 and N.J.S.A. App. A:9-51, I reserve the right to utilize
and employ all available resources of the State government and
of each and every political subdivision of the State, whether
of persons, properties, or instrumentalities, and to commandeer
and utilize any personal services and any privately owned
property necessary to protect against this emergency.
9. In accordance with N.J.S.A. App. A:9-40, no
municipality, county, or other agency or political subdivision
of this State shall enact or enforce any order, rule,
regulation, ordinance, or resolution that will or might in any
way conflict with any provision of this Order, or which will in
any way interfere with or impede the achievement of the
purposes of this Order.
10. It shall be the duty of every person or entity in
this State or doing business in this State and of the members
of the governing body and every official, employee, or agent of
every political subdivision in this State and of each member of
all other governmental bodies, agencies, and authorities in
this State of any nature whatsoever, to cooperate fully with
the State Director of Emergency Management in all matters
concerning this state of emergency.
11. In accordance with N.J.S.A. App. A:9-34, N.J.S.A.
App. A:9-40.6, and N.J.S.A. 40A:14-156.4, no municipality or
public or semipublic agency shall send public works, fire,
police, emergency medical, or other personnel or equipment into
any non-contiguous, disaster-stricken municipality within this
State, nor to any disaster-stricken municipality outside this
State, unless and until such aid has been directed by the
county emergency management coordinator or his or her deputies
in consultation with the State Director of Emergency
Management.
12. This Order shall take effect immediately and shall
remain in effect until such time as it is determined by me that
an emergency no longer exists.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this
4th day of March,
Two Thousand and Fifteen,
and of the Independence of
the United States, the Two
Hundred and Thirty-Ninth.
[seal] /s/ Chris Christie
Governor
Attest:
/s/ Christopher S. Porrino
Chief Counsel to the Governor

Posted in Winter Storm

State of Emergency Declared Beginning March 4, 2015 – Press Release

Governor Chris Christie Declares State of Emergency As Winter Storm Hits New Jersey

For Immediate Release Contact: Kevin Roberts
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 609-777-2600

Trenton, NJ – With a winter storm expected to impede transportation and travel throughout New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie today declared a State of Emergency, authorizing the State Director of Emergency Management to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies. Commuters are asked to use extreme caution while traveling across the state.

“Tonight’s storm is expected to produce travel hazards and potentially cause power outages throughout the state,” said Governor Christie. “I’ve authorized state officials to take all necessary action to prepare, and my Administration will continue monitoring conditions throughout the remainder of the storm. I encourage all New Jerseyans to drive carefully and remain off the roads if possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations. “

Tonight’s storm is expected to continue through Thursday, bring heavy snow, mixed precipitation including ice, and freezing temperatures throughout the State.

A copy of the Governor’s Executive Order declaring the State of Emergency is attached to the release.

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http://www.nj.gov/governor/

Posted in Winter Storm

Copy of Administrative Order Lifting Travel Ban Statewide

Travel Ban restriction all vehicles Lifted 1-27-15.pdf

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Emergency Travel Ban – Executive Order

January 26, 2015 Travel Restrictions

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STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED NO DRIVING RESTRICTIONS

EO-167Governor Chris Christie Declares State of Emergency As Winter Storm Hits New Jersey

For Immediate Release                                                                Contact: Michael Drewniak

Wednesday, November 26, 2014                                                                    Kevin Roberts

609-777-2600

 

Trenton, NJ – With Winter Storm Cato expected to impede transportation and travel throughout New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie today declared a State of Emergency, authorizing the State Director of Emergency Management to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies. Commuters are asked to use extreme caution while traveling across the state.

“Today’s storm is expected to produce travel hazards and potentially cause power outages throughout the state,” said Governor Christie. “I’ve authorized state officials to take all necessary action to prepare, and my Administration will continue monitoring conditions throughout the remainder of the storm. With higher than normal traffic volume due to the Thanksgiving holiday, I strongly encourage all New Jerseyans to drive carefully so that they and their families arrive safely at their destinations. “

Already affecting parts of the state, Winter Storm Cato is expected to continue into the evening, bringing rain, snow, mixed precipitation, and strong winds.

A copy of the Governor’s Executive Order declaring the State of Emergency is attached to the release.

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www.nj.gov/governor/

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SITUATION REPORT MAY 1, 2O14 – SIGNIFICANT RAIN EVENT

South Region Counties

Atlantic – No major issues reported.

Burlington – Due to minor flooding along the Rancocas Creek, Lumberton has declared a SOE at approximately 0500 hours. Approximately 30 people have been evacuated to a reception center at a local fire and/or municipal hall. Medford is also experiencing flooding and began evacuations of low-lying areas with approximately 15 people who are now occupying a municipal reception center. Evacuations will stay in effect until high tide recedes – expected after 0700 hrs this morning.

Camden – No major issues reported. Some street flooding in Camden City due to clogged storm drains and Brooklawn circle @ SH130 is flooded.

Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester  – No major issues reported.

Salem – Flooding issues around the Delaware River around high tide at 2 AM, mainly in the streets around Penns Grove, Pennsville, and Carney’s Point. Water near Carney’s Point Care at 2 am, but no external evacuation was required. Monitoring the next tidal cycle.  There were several roads flooded in other parts of the County, due to rain runoff.

Central Region Counties

Hunterdon – Rivers and streams appear to be holding. Minor flooding and several local road are closed. No anticipated traffic impact.

Mercer – Assunpink Creek @ Trenton has risen to 11.62 ft; major flood stage occurs at 11.0 ft. Millstone River @ Griggstown has come down to 17.56 ft; major flood stage occurs at 15.0 ft. Millstone River at Blackwells Mills has risen to 15.19 ft; major flood stage occurs at 15.0 ft.

Middlesex – Raritan River at Bound Brook 33.55 ft. Flood stage is 28 ft. These Rivers have maintained at this stage and will be monitored throughout the day. Several local road closures.

Union – No major issues reported.

Ocean – Several local road closures due flooding

Monmouth – Several road closures due to flooding

Somerset – No major issues reported.

North Region Counties

Most of the rivers, streams, and/or creeks in the North Region have caused localized and urban flooding. Many major and secondary roadways are closed due to flooding conditions.

Bergen County –  All of the rivers, streams, and creeks in the County are at the tops of their banks which caused many major and secondary roadways are closed due to flooding conditions. No homes have been affected and there have been no evacuations at this time.  EOC activation at this time.

Sussex County – Currently, there are (2) homes that were affected by flood waters in Branchville, however; no evacuations were necessary. Protective measures were taken with sand bags to protect the residences. There is no anticipation of problems on the Delaware River.

Passaic County – has previously observed the Ramapo River at Pompton Lakes below flood stage but has re-designated this area as Near Flood Stage.   The Wanaque River at Wanaque and the Passaic River at Little Falls has reported moderate flooding at these locations. A flood warning is in effect for the Passaic River at Little Falls from Thursday afternoon until further notice.  Paterson is reporting that portions of River Street, Presidential Blvd, Bridge St., Tyler St., Totowa Ave. and Mclean Blvd. are flooded.  The Ramapo River at Pompton Lakes has reported a new forecast as minor flooding at this time.  Little Falls advised that they expect only minor flooding.  The Ramapo River at Pompton Lakes will crest today and at this time they do not anticipate any flooding.  Clifton, Passaic, West Milford, Bloomingdale reported no flooding.   Wayne Township reports some road closures on the border of Wayne and Oakland and secondary roads due to water in the streets area of Terhune Drive.

Essex County – Has reported that several areas in Newark experienced localized flooding. Essex County OEM has re-designated the Passaic River at Pine Brook from below flood stage to currently “Near Flood Stage”. 

Hudson County – Hoboken performed (5) water rescues regarding vehicles in water last night.

Morris County – The issue with the Ledell Pond Dam in Morris County has been corrected and no further problems are anticipated.

Warren – No major issues reported.

Voluntary Agencies

American Red Cross Update

Manville, Somerset County:  Red Cross has a shelter team in place and is running it as a joint shelter operation with the Manville CERT.

Medford, Burlington County:  assisting several individuals with shelter, food and clothing.

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New Jersey Office of Emergency Management Seeking Public Comment on NJ State Hazard Mitigation Plan

Plan Outlines Measures for Hazard Risk Reduction, Improved Disaster Resilience
Link to Press Release

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STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED, NO TRAVEL BAN, STATE OFFICES CLOSED MONDAY 3/3/14

Governor Chris Christie Declares State of Emergency In Preparation For Winter Storm Titan

Governor Closes State Offices Monday For All Non-Essential Workers

 

For Immediate Release                                                                Contact: Michael Drewniak

Sunday, March 2, 2014                                                                                      Colin Reed

                                                                                                                      609-777-2600

 

Trenton, NJ – With Winter Storm Titan expected to arrive in New Jersey tonight, Governor Chris Christie declared a State of Emergency, authorizing the State Director of Emergency Management to coordinate all preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies. Governor Christie also announced the closing of state offices on Monday, March 3rd for all non-essential employees.

 

“This winter storm is expected to arrive tonight and last through Monday, bringing heavy snow and creating hazardous travel conditions throughout the state,” said Governor Christie. “I’ve authorized state officials to take all necessary actions, and my Administration will monitor conditions throughout the remainder of the storm. I encourage all New Jerseyans to drive carefully and remain off the roads if possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations.”

 

Tonight’s storm is expected to continue through Monday, bringing heavy snow, freezing temperatures and mixed precipitation, as well as dangerous and icy conditions that will affect travel throughout the state for several days. A potential mixture of fallen trees, power outages and flooding is anticipated.

 

A copy of the Governor’s Executive Order declaring the State of Emergency is attached to the release.

 

 

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www.nj.gov/governor/

 

TEXT OF EXECUTIVE ORDER BELOW

 

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 153

 

WHEREAS, beginning on March 2, 2014, the State of New Jersey is expected to experience a severe winter storm with

heavy snow, mixed precipitation including ice, and freezing temperatures throughout the State; and

WHEREAS, this severe winter storm is predicted to produce hazardous travel conditions, cause fallen trees and power

outages, and produce potential coastal, stream, and river flooding throughout the State; and

WHEREAS, this severe winter storm is expected to result in dangerous and icy conditions across New Jersey for several days,

impeding transportation and the normal operation of public and private entities; and

WHEREAS, the impending weather conditions may make it difficult or impossible for citizens to obtain the necessities

of life, as well as essential services such as police, fire, and first aid; and WHEREAS, it is necessary to take action in advance of the

storm to lessen the threat to lives and property in this State;

and

WHEREAS, the impending weather conditions constitute an imminent hazard, which threatens and presently endangers the

health, safety, and resources of the residents of one or more municipalities and counties of this State; and

WHEREAS, this situation may become too large in scope to be handled by the normal county and municipal operating services in

some parts of this State, and this situation may spread to other parts of the State; and

WHEREAS, the Constitution and statutes of the State of New Jersey, particularly the provisions of N.J.S.A. App. A:9-33, et

2 seq., N.J.S.A. 38A:3-6.1, and N.J.S.A. 38A:2-4, and all amendments and supplements thereto, confer upon the Governor of

the State of New Jersey certain emergency powers;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHRIS CHRISTIE, Governor of the State of New Jersey, in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare

of the people of the State of New Jersey, DO DECLARE and PROCLAIM that a State of Emergency exists in the State of New

Jersey and I hereby ORDER and DIRECT the following:

1. I authorize and empower the State Director of Emergency Management, who is the Superintendent of State Police,

to activate those elements of the State Emergency Operations Plan that he deems necessary to further safeguard the public

security, health, and welfare, to direct the activation of county and municipal emergency operations plans as necessary,

and to coordinate the preparation, response, and recovery efforts for this emergency with all governmental agencies,

volunteer organizations, and the private sector.

2. I authorize and empower the State Director of Emergency Management, in accordance with N.J.S.A. App. A:9-33,

et seq., as supplemented and amended, through the police agencies under his control, to determine the control and

direction of the flow of vehicular traffic on any State or interstate highway, municipal or county road, and any access

road, including the right to detour, reroute, or divert any or all traffic and to prevent ingress or egress from any area that,

in the State Director’s discretion, is deemed necessary for the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the public, and

to remove parked or abandoned vehicles from such roadways as conditions warrant.

 

3. I authorize and empower the Attorney General, pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-213, acting through the

Superintendent of State Police, to determine the control and direction of the flow of vehicular traffic on any State or

interstate highway, municipal or county road, and any access road, including the right to detour, reroute, or divert any or

all traffic, and to prevent ingress or egress and further authorize all law enforcement officers to enforce any such order

of the Superintendent of State Police within their respective municipalities.

4. I authorize and empower the State Director of Emergency Management to order the evacuation of all persons,

except for those emergency and governmental personnel whose presence the State Director deems necessary, from any area where

their continued presence could present a danger to their health, safety, or welfare because of the conditions created by this

emergency.

5. I authorize and empower the State Director of Emergency Management to utilize all facilities owned, rented,

operated, and maintained by the State of New Jersey to house and shelter persons who may need to be evacuated from a residence,

dwelling, building, structure, or vehicle during the course of this emergency.

6. I authorize and empower the executive head of any agency or instrumentality of the State government with authority

to promulgate rules to waive, suspend, or modify any existing rule, the enforcement of which would be detrimental to the

public welfare during this emergency, notwithstanding the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act or any law to the

contrary for the duration of this Executive Order, subject to my prior approval and in consultation with the State Director of

Emergency Management. Any such waiver, modification, or suspension shall be promulgated in accordance with N.J.S.A. App.

A:9-45.

7. I authorize and empower the Adjutant General, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 38A:2-4 and N.J.S.A. 38A:3-6.1, to

order to active duty such members of the New Jersey National Guard who, in the Adjutant General’s judgment, are necessary to

provide aid to those localities where there is a threat or danger to the public health, safety, and welfare and to

authorize the employment of any supporting vehicles, equipment, communications, or supplies as may be necessary to support the

members so ordered.

8. In accordance with N.J.S.A. App. A:9-34 and -51, I reserve the right to utilize and employ all available resources

of the State government and of each and every political subdivision of the State, whether of persons, properties, or

instrumentalities, and to commandeer and utilize any personal services and any privately owned property necessary to protect

against this emergency.

9. In accordance with N.J.S.A. App. A:9-40, no municipality, county, or any other agency or political

subdivision of this State shall enact or enforce any order, rule, regulation, ordinance, or resolution, which will or might

in any way conflict with any of the provisions of this Order, or which will in any way interfere with or impede the achievement

of the purposes of this Order.

10. It shall be the duty of every person or entity in this State or doing business in this State and of the members of the

governing body and every official, employee, or agent of every political subdivision in this State and of each member of all

other governmental bodies, agencies, and authorities in this State of any nature whatsoever, to cooperate fully with the

State Director of Emergency Management in all matters concerning this state of emergency.

11. In accordance with N.J.S.A. App. A:9-34, N.J.S.A. App. A:9-40.6, and N.J.S.A. 40A:14-156.4, no municipality or public

or semipublic agency shall send public works, fire, police, emergency medical, or other personnel or equipment into any noncontiguous

disaster-stricken municipality within this State, nor to any disaster-stricken municipality outside this State, unless

and until such aid has been directed by the county emergency management coordinator or his deputies in consultation with the

State Director of Emergency Management.

12. This Order shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until such time as it is determined by me that

an emergency no longer exists.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this

2nd day of March,

 

Two Thousand and Fourteen,

and of the Independence of

the United States, the Two

Hundred and Thirty-Eighth.

[seal]

/s/ Chris Christie

Governor

Attest:

/s/ Christopher S. Porrino

Chief Counsel to the Governor

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NJ State Offices Closed Monday March 3, 2014, Essential Employees Report

The Governor has determined that All State Offices Statewide will be closed Monday, March 3, 2014, due hazardous weather conditions.
 Non-essential employees should not report for their normal day shift. Essential employees should report to work on schedule.

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NJ STATE OFFICES DELAYED OPENING 11 AM TUES 2/18/14

DELAYED OPENING – ALL STATE OFFICES TO OPEN AT 11:00 AM

Due to hazardous winter weather conditions expected through the morning commute  tomorrow,  Governor Chris Christie has decided to delay the opening of all State offices on Tuesday, February 18, 2014.  In order to allow ample time for roadways, parking lots, and sidewalks to be cleared and made safe for travel, all non-essential employees should not report to work prior to 11:00 am.  Essential employees should report to work on schedule. 

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Attention Essex County Residents – Sandy Recovery News

  IMPORTANT HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY NEWS

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World Renew Volunteers will be working from Feb.11th -22nd  to do Long Term Recovery Assessments with Essex County residents affected by Hurricane Sandy

Who is World Renew?

World Renew Disaster Response Services, from Grand Rapids, Michigan, has responded to disasters in the U.S. for more than 40 years, and has been active in New York and New Jersey since Hurricane Sandy.

What will World Renew do in Essex County?

World Renew’s trained volunteers will conduct community assessments of unmet needs in flood damaged areas of Essex County on Tuesday, February 11th. They will be contacting families who have registered with FEMA. For those who still have unmet needs, World Renew will conduct in-depth interviews at walk-in centers in Essex County. Assessments will be turned over to the Essex Long Term Recovery Group (ELTRG) to review and prioritize.

What is the mission of the ELTRG?

The mission of the ELTRG is to provide recovery services to individuals and families affected by disasters in Essex County. Direct assistance is also available for undocumented individuals.

Visit us in person at any of these walk-in centers on any day!

Ironbound Community Corporation – 432 Lafayette St. Newark

February 11-14 (Tuesday-Friday) 12PM to 8PM

February 15 (Saturday) 9AM to 3PM

February 19-20 (Wednesday-Thursday) 12PM to 8PM

February 22 (Saturday) 9AM to 3PM

Elmwood United Presbyterian Church – 135 Elmwood Ave. East Orange

February 11-14 (Tuesday-Friday) 12PM to 8PM

February 15 (Saturday) 9AM to 3PM

St. Andrews Holy Communion Church – 160 South Orange Ave. South Orange

February 18- 20 (Tuesday-Thursday) 12PM to 8PM

Bethany Baptist Church 275 West Market St. Newark

February 18 & 21 (Tuesday & Friday) 12PM to 8PM

February 22 (Saturday) 9AM to 3PM

For more information, please call 973-465-0935 Ext. 405

Or email us at ESSEXLTRG@IRONBOUNDCC.ORG

IMPORTANTE NOTICIAS DE HURACÁN SANDY RECUPERACIÓN

Voluntarios de World Renew estarán trabajando desde el 11hasta el22 de febrero haciendo evaluaciones de recuperación a largo plazo con los residentes del Condado deEssex afectados por el Huracán Sandy.

¿Quién es World Renew?

World Renew es una organización especializada en desastres, de Grand Rapids, Michigan, ha respondido a los desastres en los EE.UU. por más de 40 años, y ha estado activa en Nueva Jersey desde el huracán Sandy.

¿Qué hará World Renew en el condado de Essex?

Voluntarios de World Renew realizarán evaluaciones de la comunidad para identificar necesidades en áreas afectadas por inundación del condado de Essex. Se pondrá en contacto con las familias que se han inscrito con FEMA. Para aquellos que tienen necesidades, World Renew llevará a cabo entrevistas en centros localizados en el condado de Essex. Las evaluaciones serán entregadas al Essex Long Term Recovery Group (ELTRG) para revisar y priorizar.

¿Cuál es la misión del ELTRG? La misión del ELTRG es proporcionar servicios de recuperación a las personas y familias afectadas por los desastres en el condado de Essex. Asistencia también está disponible para residentes sin documentos legales.

¡Visítenos en persona en cualquiera de estos centros sin cita previa en cualquier día!

Ironbound Community Corporation – 432 Lafayette St. Newark 11 a 14 de febrero (martes a viernes) 12PM-8PM

15 de febrero (sábado) 9AM-3PM 19 al 20 de febrero (miércoles a jueves) 12PM-8PM 22 de febrero (sábado) 9AM-3PM

Elmwood Iglesia Unida Presbiteriana – 135 Elmwood Ave. East Orange 11 a 14 de febrero (martes a viernes) 12PM-8PM 15 de febrero (sábado) 9AM-3PM

St. Andrews Iglesia de la Santísima Comunión – 160 South Orange Ave. South Orange

18 a 20 de febrero (martes a jueves) 12PM-8PM Bethany Iglesia Baptista – 275 West Market St. Newark 18 y 21 de febrero (martes y viernes) 12PM-8PM 22 de febrero (sábado) 9AM-3PM Para más información, por favor llame al 973-465-0935 Ext. 405

o mande un correo electrónico a ESSEXLTRG@IRONBOUNDCC.ORG

 

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Governor Christie Announces 10:30 a.m. Delayed Opening For State Offices On Friday, February 14

Governor Christie Announces 10:30 a.m. Delayed Opening For State Offices On Friday, February 14

Delayed Opening Will Allow For Clearing Of Roadways And Less Hazardous Travel Conditions During Morning Commute

 

For Immediate Release                                                                Contact: Michael Drewniak

Thursday, February 13, 2014                                                                              Colin Reed

                                                                                                                      609-777-2600

 

Trenton, NJ – In order to allow ample time for roadways, parking lots and sidewalks to be cleared and made safe for travel, Governor Christie authorized a delayed opening of 10:30 am for all non-essential state employees on Friday, February 14, 2014. Essential employees should report to work on their regular schedule.

 

“Winter Storm Pax brought more than a foot of snow to parts of New Jersey and is expected to bring even more snow and freezing rain across the state tonight,” said Governor Christie. “I strongly encourage all New Jerseyans to remain off the roads tonight if possible and exercise caution during their morning commutes tomorrow. I thank our state’s transportation crews and first responders for their tireless efforts to keep our residents safe.”

 

Beginning Wednesday night, Winter Storm Pax brought heavy snow, mixed precipitation and freezing temperatures throughout the entire state, producing hazardous travel conditions and affecting transportation across the state. A second wave of snow and sleet is expected Thursday night into early Friday morning. Current road conditions are available at the New Jersey Department of Transportation website at www.NJ511.org.

 

 

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www.nj.gov/governor/

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What a State of Emergency Means

What is a State of Emergency ? What exactly does that mean ? We frequently receive questions and comments on SOE’s, below is a plain language explanation.

Your municipal OEM, County OEM or the Governor can declare a State of Emergency for your jurisdiction.  When a large event occurs such as Superstorm Sandy, you may see the Governor declare an SOE statewide, or for many… counties.

A State of Emergency is declared when a disaster has occurred or may be imminent that is severe enough to require State aid to supplement local resources in preventing or alleviating damages, loss, hardship or suffering. This declaration authorizes the Governor to speed State agency assistance to communities in need. It enables him to make resources immediately available to rescue, evacuate, shelter, provide essential commodities (i.e., heating fuel, food, etc.) and quell disturbances in affected localities. It may also position the State to seek federal assistance when the scope of the event exceeds the State’s resources.

Many assume that if an SOE is declared, that you can’t drive or there are automatically curfews. IMPORTANT: That may or may not be true, so you have to pay attention to what is being said when the SOE is declared.

The declaration does not normally restrict citizen movements or activities. It may limit access to affected areas due to concerns for public safety, the public should be notified of these restrictions.

If it is necessary to impose vehicular or personal movement restrictions, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management will alert the public using all available means, including, but not limited to: traditional media, social media, the Emergency Alert System, urgent press releases, DOT highway signs, etc. We try to amplify all message that we receive from local officials.

If there are driving restrictions every effort will be made by NJOEM to facilitate safe passage for utility, health care and emergency services workers whose presence is necessary for public safety or in response to the Emergency.

Employers should have a policy in place regarding severe weather, closures, time off rules and regs, etc. An SOE does not mandate policies for individual businesses regarding their employees.

 
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Winter Nor’Easter February 12-14, 2014

Below is the latest briefing package from the NWS Mt. Holly Office regarding a significant nor’easter which will impact NJ tonight through early Friday a.m.  

http://www.erh.noaa.gov/phi/briefing/packages/current_briefing.pdf

NE NJ residents should obtain information from the NYC Office of the NWS.

http://www.erh.noaa.gov/okx//

Governor Christie has declared a State of Emergency and ordered all NJ State Offices closed on 2/13/14 due to the severe weather.

Press release here:  http://nj.gov/governor/news/news/552014/approved/20140212f.html

There are no driving restrictions, but residents are asked to use extreme caution on the roads and avoid non-essential driving.

Essential NJ State employees should report to work.  The SOE Declaration can be found here:  http://www.state.nj.us/infobank/circular/eocc150.pdf

 

 

 

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SUPERBOWL PREPARATIONS AND INFORMATION

Behind the glamour, fanfare and excitement of the first Super Bowl to be played in New Jersey stands one of the largest coordinated law enforcement efforts ever assembled in the region to ensure that nothing — not a terrorist, a shooter or a bomber — disrupts the fans’ experience.

Some 100 law enforcement agencies have been working for two years to develop a comprehensive security plan for the game, which will draw an estimated 80,000 fans to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford next Sunday.

Personnel from the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management are working collaboratively with federal, state, county, local law enforcement, homeland security and private sector partners to insure a safe experience for all.

NJ State Police Getting to the Game Website:http://www.nj.gov/superbowl/

NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Mobile App info:The SAFE-NJ App, enables residents of New Jersey and surrounding States to instantly report suspicious activity from a smartphone or mobile device, which is sent directly to the Counter Terrorism Watch personnel who are on duty 24 hours a day. The SAFE-NJ App is free and is available in iTunes and Google Play.

Below are links to news articles regarding security preparations surrounding the event.

Bergen Record 1/26/14:http://www.northjersey.com/news/Plan_for_Super_Bowl_safety_covers_stadium_entire_region.html?c=y&page=1

ABC News 1/20/14:Increased Superbowl Security Along Hudson River http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news%2Finvestigators&id=9400929

NJSP Blog 1/17/14:New Jersey State Police Unveils New Website for Super Bowl XLVIIIhttp://njspblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/new-jersey-state-police-unveils-new-website-for-super-bowl-xlviii/

New York Times 1/16/14:Security Puzzle Has to Include New Pieces http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/16/sports/football/security-for-super-bowl-is-a-far-reaching-task.html

Lohud.com 1/16/14:De-fense! Security force girds for myriad threats at Super Bowl XLVIII – http://www.lohud.com/article/20140115/SPORTS/301150068/De-fense-Security-force-girds-myriad-threats-Super-Bowl-XLVIII

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