[1997 Code § 27-1]
Because of the existing and increasing possibility of disasters of unprecedented size and destructiveness resulting from fire, flood, earthquake, hurricane, tropical storm, aircraft accident, rail accident or other natural or man-made causes and in order to ensure that preparations of this City will be adequate to deal with such disasters and generally to provide for the common defense and to protect the public peace, health and safety and to preserve the lives and property of the residents of this City, it is hereby found and declared to be necessary to:
Create an office of emergency management.
Provide for the rendering of mutual aid to other cities within the State of New Jersey and to cooperate with the County and State Offices of Emergency Management.
Create and test an emergency operating plan for all divisions of City government and all volunteer organizations in the event of one of the aforementioned disasters.
Establish an emergency operating center.
[1997 Code § 27-2]
It is further declared to be the purpose of this chapter and the policy of the City that all functions of municipal government, as well as volunteer and private agencies of every type, be included in the emergency operating plan so that a comprehensive plan can be developed to make use of all available resources in the event that a disaster does occur.
It shall be the responsibility of the Emergency Management Coordinator to create and test the emergency operating plan and be prepared to activate it whenever necessary.
[1997 Code § 27-3]
It is further declared to be the purpose of this chapter and the policy of this City to organize an Office of Emergency Management in conformity with the Civil Defense Act as directed by N.J.S.A. App. A:9-33 et seq. The name of this Office shall be as follows: "Absecon Police Department, Special Services Bureau, Emergency Management Section."
[1997 Code § 27-4; N.J.S.A. App. A:9-40.1]
The Mayor of this City shall be responsible for the appointment of a qualified Emergency Management Coordinator to State guidelines as of the date of his/her appointment. It shall be the responsibility of the Coordinator to appoint a Deputy Coordinator to assist the Coordinator and to act in his/her place if not available.
Appointment; term; qualifications. There shall be appointed an Emergency Management Coordinator. The Emergency Management Coordinator shall serve for a term of three years and be a resident of the Borough. As a condition of his appointment and his right to continue for the full term of his appointment, each Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator shall have successfully completed at the time of his appointment or within one year immediately following his appointment or the effective date of this act, whichever is later, the current approved Home Study Course and the basic Emergency Management workshop. (N.J.S.A. App. A:9-40.1)
[1997 Code § 27-5]
A staff will be appointed by the Coordinator, which will be representative of the various departments of the City as well as other private and public agencies to assist with the emergency operating plan as well as staffing the emergency operating center when activated.
The staff appointments shall be deemed to fulfill the requirements of N.J.S.A. App. A:9-41.
[1997 Code § 27-6]
It shall be the responsibility of the Emergency Management Coordinator to carry out and enforce such orders, rules and regulations as issued under a proclamation of a local state of emergency. The Office of Emergency Management shall have available for inspection all such orders and rules and regulations made by the Emergency Management Coordinator.
[1997 Code § 27-7]
The office of Emergency Management shall have a fully equipped emergency operating center, which shall be ready to coordinate all City functions in the event of an emergency. It shall also have an alternate emergency operating center in the event that the first shall be damaged or unusable.