[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council (now Board of Commissioners) of the City of Ventnor City 7-8-1963 by Ord. No. 8-1963; amended in its entirety 10-6-1980 by Ord. No. 8022. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Because of the existing and increasing possibility of the occurrence of disasters of unprecedented size and destruction from fire, flood, hurricane, tropical storm or other natural 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 a Municipal Emergency Management Agency, to provide for the rendering of mutual aid to other cities within the State of New Jersey and adjoining states and to cooperate with the state government with respect to carrying out emergency functions and to create and test an emergency operations plan for all divisions of City government in the event of one of the aforementioned disasters.
It is further declared to be the purpose of this chapter and the policy of this City that all emergency functions of this City be coordinated to the maximum extent with the comparable functions of the state government, including its various departments and agencies, and of other municipalities and private agencies of every type, so that a comprehensive plan may make the best use of this City's manpower, resources and facilities in the event that a disaster does occur.
It is further declared to be the purpose of this chapter and the policy of this City to organize an emergency management organization, in conformity with the Civil Defense Act as directed by Public Law 1942, Chapter 251, as amended. The name of this organization shall be as follows: Department of Public Safety Office of Emergency Services Emergency Management Agency.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. App. A:9-33 et seq.
The Mayor of this community shall be responsible for the appointment of a qualified coordinator of this bureau pursuant to state and federal guidelines as of the date of his appointment. It shall be the responsibility of the Director to appoint a Deputy Coordinator and staff as may be needed to effectively operate this organization. It is the responsibility of the staff, under the direction of the Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator, to create and test the emergency operations plan and to be prepared to activate it whenever necessary.
It shall be the responsibility of this organization to carry out and enforce such orders, rules and regulations, as issued by the Mayor or the chain of command as outlined by the emergency operations plan, under the authority of this chapter. The organization shall have available for inspection all such orders and rules and regulations made by the Mayor or the chain of command or under their authority.
The organization shall have a fully equipped emergency operations center which shall be ready to coordinate all City functions in the event of a disaster. It shall also have an alternate operations center planned in the event that the first shall be damaged or unusable.