Office of Emergency Management
The Borough of Pompton Lakes Office of Emergency Management is responsible for implementing, reviewing, and updating the Emergency-Operating Plan. The Emergency Operating Plan (EOP) contains annexes for each borough department delineating what their responsibilities are in the event of an emergency or disaster. Where Borough departments cannot provide specific support services, outside agencies, such as the American Red Cross and Salvation Army, are contracted through verbal and written agreements to provide the service needed.
The Emergency Operating Plan is reviewed and approved every 4 years by the New Jersey State Office of Emergency Management. Annexes in the plan must be tested through functional, tabletop, and full-scale exercises. The Borough’s Emergency Operating Center (EOC) is located adjacent to the police communications center in the municipal building. In times of crisis, all members of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) respond to Borough Hall and meet to address the emergency. The LEPC meets twice a year, and more often if necessary.
OEM oversees 4 basic phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. The Mayor and Council work very closely with OEM to provide the support that is needed to be effective in all phases.
View websites, specifically Pomptonlakes.gov, njsp.org and ready.gov for emergency management information about terrorist, weapons of mass destruction (WMD), or natural disaster situations. Listen to WGHT (1500 AM) in the event of a local emergency. Call us if you would like to volunteer for our local Citizen’s Emergency Response Team (CERT).
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For more information visit the CERT website at www.state.nj.us/njoem/emb_cert.html
Your local OEM office can be reached at 973-835-4906.
• Albert Evangelista, OEM Coordinator (973-835-4906)
• Sharon Sonne, Secretary
• Paul Beshlian, Communication Officer
OEM (during declared emergencies) 973-835-0143, 0144, 0145
• Police - 973-835-0069 • Fire - 973-835-0072 • First Aid 973-835-1480
• DPW – 973-835-1465 • MUA 973-839-3044 • WGHT Radio - 973-839-1500
• St. Mary’s Shelter 973-835-0374
• Public Service Electric and Gas – 1-800-350-PSEG
• Jersey Central Power & Light – 1-800-545-7738
Flood or Hurricane – WATCH SIGNAL: 3 minute short intermittent blasts of fire siren. (Prepare!) – WARNING SIGNAL: 3 minute steady blast of fire siren. (Evacuate!)
Look for posted yellow “flood watch” and red “flood warning” signs. Sound trucks will broadcast through affected neighborhoods. Block Captains will notify their flood-prone areas.
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The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members partner with emergency management, local government, response agencies and community members. These volunteers are trained in basic response skills so as to prepare them to assist emergency responders in the event of any type of disaster. CERT classes train volunteers in basic response skills so as to be prepared during emergencies as well as prepares them to assist emergency responders in the event of any type of disaster.
- Core training includes Fire Safety, Disaster Preparedness, First Aid Medical Care and Disaster Psychology, as well as introductions to Fire Safety and Search and Rescue.
- CERT training prepares members to understand and handle potential threats to their home, workplace and community and offers citizens the ability to be prepared, to respond and to cope with the aftermath of a disaster.
- CERT members organize and participate in various drills, periodic refresher courses and education fairs to reinforce the initial basic training and supplement their skills.
- CERT members have assisted during past flooding events and power outages and have been an intricate part of making arrangements for food and shelter for many displaced residents.
- CERT members also assist emergency responders by alerting residents of the potential of imminent dangers and assisting with evacuations.
CERT is always looking for new members who want to learn how they can help themselves, their neighbors and their community in a disaster. CERT training is offered on a yearly basis without any obligation to join the team. Please contact Deborah Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.