Directives Issued by the State Office of Emergency Management
JOINT EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COUNCILS
To enable municipalities with special needs, resource
deficiencies or geographical limitations to form Joint
Emergency Management Councils as a method to provide
an improved and comprehensive Emergency Management
program for each of the participating municipalities.
wishing to form a joint emergency management
council must demonstrate an extraordinary need
which must meet one or more of the following
of geography; such as, a municipality surrounded
by another municipality or a municipality located
on a peninsula, which thereby greatly reduces
direct mutual aid assistance.
of population which do not provide an ample
pool of residents to plan for, or respond to
an emergency in an acceptable manner.
of resources in several areas which cause a
municipality to seek assistance from other jurisdictions
for planning and emergency response.
of other factors or circumstances which, in
the opinion of the State Director, warrant that
approval of a joint emergency management council.
must make application on their official letterhead
with supporting documentation demonstrating
need to the State Director
shall be submitted through the County and regional
State Offices of Emergency Management for the
review and concurrence of each Coordinator
State Director will review the application and
if in his opinion there is a clear demonstration
of need, approval will be given and notification
forwarded to each municipal coordinator and
to the county and regional coordinator
approval, each participating municipality shall
be resolution, agree to the formation of and
the participation in a joint council.
municipality shall, by resolution, appoint an
Emergency Management Coordinator and Deputy.
participating Emergency Management Coordinators
shall select an Executive Coordinator approved
by the governing bodies of each of the participating
municipalities by resolution .
Executive Coordinator shall be chairperson of
the Joint Emergency Management Council and shall
have responsibility for all planning, programs
and activities of the joint emergency management
duties and responsibilities of the municipal
emergency management coordinators shall be as
stated in state statute (N.J.S.A. A:0-33 et
seq.), and also include coordinating the full
participation of municipal agencies and resources
in planning, programs and emergency response
of joint emergency management council.
OF JOINT EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL
membership of the joint emergency management
council shall be selected by the municipal emergency
management coordinators, with approval by resolution
of the participating municipalities. The coordinators
of each municipality shall be members and the
executive Coordinator shall be the chairperson
of the joint emergency management council.
members should include representatives from
the key emergency response agencies from within
the participating jurisdictions which shall
conform to State criteria.
responsibility of the joint emergency management
council is to ensure that all the emergency
management requirements of each municipality
are met and that the joint Emergency Operations
Plan equally meets the needs of each municipality.
JOINT EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN
participating municipalities shall together,
develop an Emergency Operations Plan that coordinates
all resources of each jurisdiction for use during
an emergency or disaster in one or all municipalities.
plan shall conform to state criteria for plan
development and submission. It shall have the
approval of each mayor and each coordinator.
Clinton L. Pagano.