LAWRENCE, N.J.—Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes held a signing ceremony today to officially enact the County’s Emergency Operations Plan after a multi-year process to update and revise the plan.
Hughes signature formalized the document, which outlines the County’s strategies during a crisis and is required by the State of New Jersey to be updated every four years.
The signing ceremony marks the culmination of a lengthy review and revision process by the volunteer members of the County’s Local Emergency Planning Committee.
“I’m pleased and proud to make this Emergency Operations Plan official today,” Hughes said before signing each of the five copies, one for each of the five annex holders which includes the sheriff’s office, the prosecutor’s office, the Office of Emergency Management, the Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the County administration.
“This will be a guidepost and a direction for us in a real emergency, and we know there’s always one right around the corner,” Hughes said.
The plan includes input from the annex holders and other departments associated with emergency management. It identifies the responsibilities of various emergency responders such as law enforcement, housing, public health, fire and rescue, transportation, and social services, among others, in an emergency.
In addition, the Emergency Operations Plan serves to expedite the process of filing for and receiving FEMA funds following a large-scale disaster and also supports each municipality’s individual emergency plan.
Hughes thanked all the members of the Local Emergency Planning Committee and the other County employees who volunteered their time to contribute to finalizing the plan.
Among the officials at the signing ceremony were Freeholder Chairman Anthony Carabelli, West Windsor Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh, Hamilton Township Police Chief James Collins, and Hopewell Township Police Chief George Meyer. More than 20 County agencies were also in attendance.