Directives Issued by the State Office of Emergency Management
ESTABLISHMENT OF COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COUNCILS
To establish the requirement for the designation of
County Emergency Management Councils and to provide
guidance on council membership and activities.
The requirement to establish a County Emergency Management
Council is based on State law, Federal law, and Governor's
State Law: New Jersey Statues Annotated (NJSA)
Appendix A:9-33 et seq. (Chapter 251 P.L. 1942,
as amended by Chapter 438, P.L. 1953). This law
requires that every county, through it's emergency
management coordinator, develop a county wide
emergency operations plan.
Law: "The Emergency Planning and Community
Right-to-Know Act of 1986" (P.L. 99-499)
requires that each State appoint a State EmergencyResponse
Commission; that the Commission designate emergency
planning districts and local emergency planning
committees for each district; and that the local
committees prepare emergency response plans.
proclamation: Executive Order #161, signed on
February 12, 1987, establishes New Jersey's State
Emergency Response Commission and assigns responsibility
for the emergency planning provisions of the Federal
law to the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.
The Executive Order also specifies that emergency
planning will accomplish in a manner consistent
with the provisions of NJSA Appendix A:9-33.
In order to facilitate the preparation of the required
County Emergency Operations Plan, the County Emergency
Management coordinator id directed to establish a
County Emergency Management Council. This body will
be structured to include representatives of those
public, private sector, and volunteer organizations
with a legitimate interest in planning for and responding
to emergency situations.
Membership should include, at a minimum, representatives
with appropriate experience and experience from the
County Emergency Management Coordinator shall serve
as chairperson of the Council.
The Council is responsible to:
rules of operation including provisions for:
notification of committee activities
to public comments
requests for identification
an official as coordinator of information.
the need for resources to develop, implement,
and exercise the emergency operations plan.
recommendations regarding what resources are required
and how they can be provided.
and submit an emergency plan in conformance with
the guidance materials provided by this office
assistance to municipal emergency management councils
in the preparation of their emergency operations
on the council is to be reported in writing to the New
Jersey Office of Emergency Management upon appointment
and annually thereafter.
Directive supplements Directive 100, Section V and shall
be effective immediately.
Clinton L. Pagano