Directives Issued by the State Office of Emergency Management
STANDARDS FOR COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATORS
provide standards for the position of County Emergency
position for County Emergency Management Coordinator
is based on provisions of public laws and directives
which carry the force of the law.
State Law: New Jersey Statutes Annotated (NJSA)
Appendix A:9-33 et/seq. (Chapter 251, P.L. 1942,
as amended by Chapter 438, P.L. 1953). These laws
set forth responsibilities, obligations and authorities.
of County Emergency Management Coordinator
every county of this State, the Board of Chosen
Freeholders shall appoint a County Emergency Management
Coordinator, which appointment shall be subject
to the approval of the State Emergency Management
Director and thereafter shall be subject to his/her
orders. The State Director shall exercise supervision
and control of all such appointees, who may be
removed by said State Director for cause.
of County Emergency Management Coordinator
County Emergency Management Coordinator shall
be responsible for the development, coordination,
and activation of county-wide mutual aid and emergency
management plans and for the activation of emergency
management facilities and services available from
the resources of county government.
New Jersey Office of Emergency Management Directive
#61 - November 19, 1986, indicates:
County Emergency Management Coordinator is granted
authority to declare a State of Emergency in the
entire county if, in his/her judgment, as a result
of natural or unnatural cause, conditions may
present severe hazards to life or property, even
though the Municipal Emergency Management Coordinators
have not declared a State of Emergency in their
own municipalities. It shall be the duty of each
Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator to
comply with the orders of the County Emergency
Management Coordinator. The County Emergency Management
Coordinator shall immediately advise the State
Emergency Management Director of actions taken.
County Emergency Management Coordinator should
be a full-time county employee with responsibilities
in emergency management.
County Emergency Management Coordinator shall:
a high school diploma its equivalent.
a county resident.
a minimum of three (3) years' experience in
the Emergency Management field.
a valid New Jersey driver's license.
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are
eligible as long as they can perform the essential
functions of the job after reasonable accommodation
is made to their known limitations. If the accommodations
cannot be made because it would cause the employer
undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.
The State of New Jersey, counties and municipalities,
are equal opportunity employers. 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.
BASIC TRAINING FOR COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATORS
County Emergency Management Coordinator shall complete
all of the following courses:
one year of appointment:
to Emergency Management
Management Workshop - Basic
Management, U.S.A. (correspondence course)
Program Manager (correspondence course)
Within two years of appointment:
Making and Problem Solving
the completion of the first two years' courses,
the County Emergency Management Coordinator must
complete 24 classroom hours of Emergency Management
continuing education per year. The courses to
be taken by the County Emergency Management Coordinator
must be approved by the State Emergency Management
Director of Deputy Emergency Management Director.
County Emergency Management Coordinator is responsible
for the provision of leadership in the field of Emergency
Management at the county level of government. As such,
he/she is responsible for emergency management program
administration and program development encompassing
the four phases of emergency management-mitigation,
preparedness, response and recovery. The County Emergency
Management Coordinator shall be responsible for the
that the County Office of Emergency Management
is available on a 24-hour basis.
the day-to-day operations of the County Office
of Emergency Management.
that the county meets all requirements for
the Federal Emergency Management Agency Emergency
Management Assistance Program; including meeting
goals agreed to in the annual work plan, maintaining
a currently approved County Emergency Operations
Plan, and providing the New Jersey Office
of Emergency Management with quarterly program
submit, and justify the annual emergency management
technical and financial assistance available
through other State and Federal programs.
a minimum, conduct quarterly meetings with
Municipal Emergency Management Coordinators.
a continuing knowledge of all municipal, county,
State and federal laws and plans concerning
adequate files, records and correspondence
relating to emergency management activities.
with Municipal Coordinators within the county,
for example: municipal Emergency Operating
Plan (EOP) review, Hazard Identification Capability
Assessment and Multi-Year Development Plan
(HICA/MYDP), the scheduling of attendees for
New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
with the county agencies, departments, and
bureaus regarding their emergency management
policies, procedures and State Directives
regarding emergency management.
Recruit, organize, coordinate, and train a staff
to administer the following emergency management
functions and programs.
Develop an Emergency Operating Center
(EOC) as a site from which key officials
can direct and control operations during
Develop training programs for emergency
exercise programs to test response capabilities.
in the establishment of mutual aid or
cooperative assistance agreements to provide
needed services, equipment, or other resources
in the event of am emergency.
the formulation of Municipal Emergency
county-wide mutual aid agreements.
closely with Municipal Coordinators offering
information and assistance. Observe municipal
close liaison with county and municipal
government officials to assure their understanding
and support of emergency management activities.
training courses at the county level and
encourage staff members and Municipal
Coordinators to take advantage of courses
offered at State and Federal levels.
Attend State and Regional meetings and
During the recovery period, work with
State OEM on recovery operations.
an emergency public information system
and develop a public education program.
the mission and activities of emergency
management in the public view, utilizing
the media and personal appearances before
and restore channels of communication
to the public.
residents advised of the situation regarding
movement from shelters back to homes,
roads closed, feeding evacuees, providing
temporary housing, welfare and unemployment
assistance, location of Disaster Assistance
plan, develop and maintain an adequate
emergency communications systems.
a system to alert key public officials
and warn the public of an impending or
continuing emergency or disaster.
Coordinate, plan, develop and maintain an
adequate all-hazard emergency warning system
which also addresses the needs of special
groups such as hearing and mobility-impaired,
non-English speaking, and others.
Coordinate and plan with law enforcement officials
for the purpose of maintaining law and order,
saving lives and protecting property during
Coordinate and plan with fire services for
the purpose of saving lives and protecting
property primarily during fire emergencies.
and plan with emergency medical service providers
to address the immediate needs of casualties
Public Health Services
and plan with public health providers for
the purpose of protecting public health during
emergencies and mass care situations.
and plan with public works providers for
the purpose of maintaining services during
resource deficiencies and work with appropriate
officials on measures to correct times.
plan, and develop a shelter system.
plan and develop county-wide evacuation with
Municipal Emergency Managers and adjacent
and plan with emergency social service
and maintain a shelter, reception and
with industry to develop industrial emergency
plans and capabilities in support of local
the municipal construction inventory program.
an up-to-date general knowledge of the
disaster resources' capability of each
element of county government.
supervision over county emergency management
operational equipment. Acquire equipment
needed for improved operations.
manpower and material resources from government
and private sector sources that would
be available in an emergency.
resources deficiencies and work with appropriate
officials on measures to correct them.
plan and develop a hazardous materials
protection program with municipalities
conjunction with Municipal Coordinators
and industry representatives, identify
potential sites and analyze the effects
of hazards that threaten the jurisdiction.
with Municipal Coordinators, industry
representatives, and officials in developing
a hazard mitigation program to eliminate
or reduce potential hazards.
plan and develop radiological protection
programs with municipalities and industries.
the development and maintenance of a county
and municipal radiological system.
plan and develop a county and municipal
damage assessment program.
Develop a method for consolidation of
county and municipal damage assessment
with government officials, the assessment
of damage to public and private property.
records of damage assessment reports and
documentation of damages including photographs