“STATE OF EMERGENCY” - WHAT IT MEANS TO
Jersey State law (N.J.S.A. App.A:9-37) allows the Governor
and County and Local Emergency Management Coordinators
to declare a State of Emergency during significant weather
events and natural disasters. The emergency declaration
is a tool used by the government officials who are managing
the emergency. It allows State agencies to quickly respond
to needs of citizens, reassign personnel, and deploy
vehicles, trucks, and equipment to respond to the incident.
A State of Emergency allows the government to act more
quickly than it can during non-emergency times.
does this mean to you ? When a State of Emergency is
issued, State and/or local Emergency Management officials
will communicate with New Jersey’s citizens through
traditional media outlets such as television, radio
and newspapers, and through other information channels,
such as the Internet or the Emergency Alert System.
Citizens should pay close attention to news reports
when a State of Emergency is announced.
times, travel restrictions are part of a State of Emergency.
This is typically done to allow snowplows to clear the
roads. At other times government offices may be closed,
or evacuations may be recommended. A State of Emergency
permits government officials to recommend specific actions
that citizens should take to insure the safety of their
families and homes during the emergency. Each emergency
is different, and different factors will impact the
decisions made by State officials in response to the
and small private businesses should make informed decisions
about early closures, delayed openings, cancellations
and closures based on current and impending weather
conditions, emergency plans and policies of your organization,
designation of essential employees, and restrictions
on travel. If travel restrictions are put into place,
it will limit whether or not employees can travel to