In response to the COVID-19 Health Emergency, the Police Department Office of Emergency Management will be posting important local official information, alerts, and links on this webpage. The most important news and links will always be published at the top of our page for the duration of this health emergency. Scroll down to be sure you don’t miss anything!
This page, bernardsvillepd.org/coronavirus, is updated continuously with the most recent LOCAL information for Bernardsville about the pandemic health emergency. In addition, the state of New Jersey maintains a comprehensive reference to everything coronavirus-related at covid19.nj.gov, including resources for businesses, health contacts, and questions to frequently asked questions. Please consult these pages before you contact Bernardsville Police or Bernardsville Borough for COVID-19 related questions.
RESIDENTS ARE REQUESTED to register their needs for special assistance or extrcoronavirus/a help. OEM staff will contact you with options to help you meet your needs. Call (908)-636-7666 or register online at bernardsvillepd.org/hotline Puede responder en su idioma preferido.
HELP US HELP YOU! IDENTIFY RESIDENTS IN NEED!
The Bernardsville Office of Emergency Management needs your assistance in identifying vulnerable residents of our community who might need special assistance during this difficult time. We are attempting to identify vulnerable senior citizens, those people requiring special medical care, people with physical disabilities, transportation issues, food or meal needs or other unspecified needs. We need them to know that we have help available and access to County and State services that might be able to assist them during this difficult time. If you know someone who might need assistance we ask that you please check in with them to ensure they are ok. If we can help or you think we need to check up on someone you can call the BERNARDSVILLE COVID-19 Hotline at 908-636-7666 or contact us online at http://bernardsvillepd.org/hotline and share your concerns. This can be done anonymously if you wish. Thank you for your cooperation with this matter and stay safe!
The Bernardsville Office of Emergency Management, Health Dept., Police Department, Fire Department and Municipal Government are working together with county, state, and federal agencies to coordinate our preparedness and response to the expected spread of the novel coronavirus and the illness associated with it, COVID-19.
NJ Mental Health Resources for COVID19 - MINDING YOUR HEALTH - A community mental health resource list compiled by the Bernards Twp. Health Department for dealing with COVID19 related issues.
SOMERSET COUNTY COVID-19 HEALTH UPDATE INFORMATION AVAILABLE - Up to date statistics and information for Somerset County residents. Call 908-231-7111 for an automated reading of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) case count in Somerset County, NJ. Visit our website for information via our new dashboard: www.co.somerset.nj.us/health.
All individuals and families are encouraged to register for Smart 911 Emergency Alerts from the Bernardsville Office of Emergency Management. Sign up (or check your settings) at smart911.com
AFN/ASSISTIVE NEEDS: Residents with AFN/ASSISTIVE Needs are strongly encouraged to register with the Bernardsville Police Department OEM Voluntary Special Needs Registration Program. Complete the registration form at OEM Special Needs Survey Brochure and return it to the Police Department. Additionally, all residents, especially those with assistive needs are strongly encouraged to register with the NJ Register Ready Program. We have access to the information registered in the system that will help us help you during emergencies.
New Jersey residents who have questions or concerns about coronavirus and resources available to them can now call 2-1-1, which is New Jersey’s statewide information and referral service operated by United Ways of New Jersey.
Residents call also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed, state health officials said. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.
Disaster Fraud Hotline A Hotline has been established to assist in combating Coronavirus Fraud as well as Hoarding and Price Gouging: National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline 866-720-5721 or email@example.com.
President Donald J. Trump issued a Major Disaster Declaration FEMA-4488-DR-NJ on March 25th for the State of New Jersey. The declaration will provide federal assistance to supplement statewide recovery efforts affected by the COVID-19 pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020.
NEWS FROM THE SCHOOLS
For updates and information related to the Somerset Hills School District COVID-19 Response please go to SHSD.org
Register Ready – New Jersey’s Special Needs Registry for Disasters” allows New Jersey residents with disabilities or access and functional needs and their families, friends, caregivers and associates an opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies so emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency.
The information collected here is confidential and will not be available to the public. The information will be held securely and only used for emergency response and planning.
Why should you register?
To be notified by local officials when an evacuation has been ordered.
IT MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE!
Click Here To Register or for Registry Assistance, dial 211 (toll-free) and an operator will assist you in registering.
Be advised that on or about Feb. 22, 2021, a contractor for Somerset County is scheduled to begin bridge replacement construction on Meeker Road. Meeker Road will be closed 24/7 between Mine Brook Road and Pill Hill Road until the project is completed. The construction is scheduled to continue through the end of April or until the project is complete. Detour Routes will be posted and local residents will be granted access to their driveways as needed. Motorists are encouraged to plan accordingly and seek an alternate route.
On October 28th, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy recently signed Executive Order No. 192, providing mandatory health and safety standards to protect New Jersey’s workers at work during the pandemic. The executive order will require both private and public sector employers to follow health and safety protocols that will serve to protect their in-person workforces. The Order mandates that as of 6:00 a.m. on November 5th, all employers must enact minimum protocols to protect workers in the workplace.
While the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) works to develop resources and materials to facilitate compliance and safety training for employers and employees, the Police Department recognized a need to quickly inform the public about the provisions of this order. In an effort to assist local employers in Bernardsville, the Police Department Office of Emergency Management has created a checklist to assist employers in complying with provisions of Executive Order #192. According to Police Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator Kevin Valentine, “the checklist was designed to serve as an aid to help local businesses better understand their responsibilities under the order”. The checklist will be posted on the Police Department website at www.bernardsvillepd.org and on the Bernardsville Borough website as well. We hope this tool keeps people in our community safe by helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community”.
After the order was issued the Police Department reviewed it to see how it would impact the internal operations of the Department and to see what policy revisions or upgrades might be needed. The document is 13 pages long and contains a lot of text. “We were concerned that people might not take the time to read it and might miss some important information”, said the Chief. In reviewing the document, “we believed a simple checklist would go a long way in assisting all employers to better implement the order.” “Borough Technology Coordinator, Chris D’Amato was instrumental in helping to prepare the checklist in a timely manner”, said Chief Valentine.
The Bernardsville Police Department would like to remind everyone that as the COVID-19 Health Emergency lingers on, it is important for everyone to follow health and safety guidance issued by the CDC, State, County and Local Health Departments. We must remain vigilant and steadfast in our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as our communities, schools, and businesses attempt to carry on for the benefit of all.