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.
Meet Newton’s Emergency Management Staff
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.
Click the toggles below to learn more about each phase of emergency management.
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.
Homeland Security Alerts
Latest Facebook Posts
***PLEASE BE ADVISED - THIS WEATHER EVENT HAS NOW PASSED***
☃️Winter Weather Update☃️
A Winter Weather Advisory is posted from 10 AM Saturday to 1 AM Sunday for Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, and Union Counties. A Winter Weather Advisory is posted from 10 AM to 10 PM Saturday for Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren Counties. A Small Craft Advisory is posted for coastal waters late Saturday through early Sunday.
Impacts to New Jersey
Precipitation is forecast to begin late Saturday morning to early afternoon, ending Saturday night. Snow may mix with sleet and rain during the afternoon, transitioning to rain in southern and central locations. Snow and sleet may create slippery roads, sidewalks, bridges, ramps, and untreated surfaces. Monitor local weather media throughout the day.
📻Stay tuned to your local weather for updates. For those living in Central and Southern New Jersey visit US National Weather Service Philadelphia/Mount Holly www.weather.gov/phi. For those living in Northern New Jersey and the New York Metro area visit US National Weather Service New York NY www.weather.gov/okx/.
🚗Be sure to check 511nj.org for traffic conditions before hitting the road.
🔦Know how to report a power outage to your utility company.
⚡ALWAYS assume downed power lines are live. NEVER TOUCH THEM OR DRIVE OVER THEM!
🐾Pets are family too! Be sure to include them in your emergency plans! Visit animalemergency.nj.gov to learn more!
🔥Be a good neighbor! Check on those vulnerable to the cold. Need a Warming Center? Visit nj211.org or call 2-1-1 to find one near you.
Always be prepared! Visit ready.nj.gov today!
State of New Jersey
New Jersey Department of Transportation
NJ Department of Human Services
New Jersey Department of Health
New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
NJ Transit Police
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
New Jersey Department of Children and Families ...
The latest briefing on the wintry weather expected for most of the area today is available here: www.weather.gov/media/phi/current_briefing.pdf ...
Newton Emergency Management shared a post.
1 week ago