Emergency Management is a vital function involving all departmental levels of local government. Each department takes part in efforts to prepare for, respond to, mitigate, and recover from all types of dangerous or hazardous situations. During times when no emergencies exist, some of the duties handled by the Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC) include the identification and analysis of the effects of hazards which might pose a threat to the Town of Newton and to attend training courses to keep skills and knowledge current.
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Thomas S. Russo, Jr.
What is Emergency Management?
Emergency management was institutionalized in 1979 with the creation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Five Federal agencies that dealt with many types of emergencies consolidated to form FEMA. Since that time, many State and local organizations have changed the names of their organizations to include the words: emergency management.
The name change indicates a change in orientation from specialized preparedness for single or narrowly defined categories of hazards toward an all-hazards approach that includes potential threats to life and property through environmental and technological hazards, and domestic and foreign attacks. This change reflects not a reduction in security, but an increased emphasis on making the nation’s emergency management capability responsive to any major emergency.
The Four Phases of Emergency Management
Since World War II emergency management has focused primarily on preparedness. Often this involved preparing for enemy attack. Community preparedness for all disasters requires identifying resources and expertise in advance, and planning how these can be used in a disaster. However, preparedness is only one phase of emergency management. Current thinking defines four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
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Preventing future emergencies or minimizing their effects
- Includes any activities that prevent an emergency, reduce the chance of an emergency happening, or reduce the damaging effects of unavoidable emergencies.
- Buying flood and fire insurance for your home is a mitigation activity.
- Mitigation activities take place before and after emergencies.
A recent study by the Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) shows that each dollar spent on mitigation saves an average of $4.00.
Preparing to handle an emergency
- Includes plans or preparations made to save lives and to help response and rescue operations.
- Evacuation plans and stocking food and water are both examples of preparedness.
- Preparedness activities take place before an emergency occurs.
Responding safely to an emergency
- Includes actions taken to save lives and prevent further property damage in an emergency situation. Response is putting your preparedness plans into action.
- Seeking shelter from a tornado or turning off gas valves in an earthquake are both response activities.
- Response activities take place during an emergency.
Recovering from an emergency
- Includes actions taken to return to a normal or an even safer situation following an emergency.
- Recovery includes getting financial assistance to help pay for the repairs.
- Recovery activities take place after an emergency.
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The latest WeatherWorks forecast regarding Tropical Storm Isaias.
* HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS STILL EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON *
THREAT TIME: THROUGH 7:00 PM TUESDAY
Rain and intermittent downpours over the region now will turn heavier again over the next few hours as Isaias approaches the
region. Rain from earlier this morning combined with continued rain this afternoon will lead to areas of poor drainage / roadway
flooding. Streams and rivers can also see some flooding in low lying spots. Wind will also be an issue with gusts increasing
midday and peaking in the afternoon near 50 mph. This can cause scattered downed trees and power lines, and we are still
concerned with winds a couple hours after the storm passes as winds switch to the west. In addition to the winds, conditions will
be favorable for a few tornadoes to develop in North Jersey this afternoon. Overall, the main period of concern today will be 1 - 5
PM with improving conditions thereafter. ...
3 days ago
UPDATE: I am declaring a STATEWIDE STATE OF EMERGENCY for Hurricane Isaias effective at 5:00 AM on Tuesday, August 4, 2020:
☑️Do not be on the roads unless absolutely necessary
☑️If you MUST drive, take it slow, use caution, and leave extra time to get to your destination
☑️All State offices will be CLOSED tomorrow
☑️Non-essential @NJGov personnel should NOT report to work for their normal shift
☑️Essential employees should report on schedule
☑️Visit 511nj.org for traffic updates and ready.nj.gov for additional info
☑️There is no travel ban at this time
☑️Take down ALL temporary structures, including outdoor dining tents and umbrellas
☑️Secure loose furniture and other objects
☑️Charge your devices
☑️Stay updated: New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
The State Emergency Operations Center will be open throughout the storm. Check back for more updates and stay tuned to your local weather to plan ahead.
For those living in Central and Southern New Jersey, stay updated at @NWS_MountHolly or by visiting www.weather.gov/phi/. For those living in Northern New Jersey, check for updates at @NWSNewYorkNY or by visiting www.weather.gov/okx/ ...