A message from the Chief

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!

— Kevin J. Valentine, Chief of Police

Coronavirus and COVID-19 Information

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
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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!

Register to volunteer with OEM and learn about other ways to help your neighbors at bernardsvillepd.org/how-you-can-help/

CURRENT COVID-19 Case Count - Residents can call 908-231-7111 for a daily automated reading of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) case count in Somerset County, New Jersey.

Bernardsville Emergency Disaster Declaration

3/23 BERNARDSVILLE DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY

CORNAVIRUS COVID-19 INFORMATION

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.

COMMUNITY HEALTH UPDATE

The Bernards Twp. Health Department provides community updates regarding the current coronavirus pandemic on a regular basis. For the latest Health Department Update Re COVID 19 click the link.

Community food resources:
https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/human-services/somerset-county-food-pantries

​​​Activities and resources for residents https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/human-services/covid-19-community-activities-and-resources

​​Resources for providers of Mental Health/Substance Use Disorders: 

https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/human-services/covid-19-mh-sud-providers

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.

From Bernardsville Office of Emergency Management
Bernardsville Guide to COVID-19 preparedness (leaflet for printing)

REGISTER FOR EMERGENCY ALERTS

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.

DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING COMMUNICATION CARD: Please download "Deaf and Hard of Hearing Coronavirus Communication Card" from NJ Human Services Website:

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTS WITH ASSISTIVE NEEDS New Jersey Department of Human Services

NEW JERSEY 211 INFORMATION LINE

Dial 211 or find information online at nj211.org

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.

PREPARE NOW! Update your family communication plan 

PROTECT YOURSELF! Visit the CDC Website for information on how to protect yourself and what to do if you are sick

GET LOCAL HEALTH INFORMATION FROM BERNARDS TWP. HEALTH DEPARTMENT. Visit Bernardshealth.org, call 908-204-2520 or email health@bernards.org for Coronavirus and Covid-19 questions

Spread Facts Not Fear - DIFUNDIR HECHOS NO MIEDO

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 disaster@leo.gov.

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

N.J. EXECUTIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS

New Jersey Executive Orders https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/approved/eo_archive.html

New Jersey Administrative Orders https://nj.gov/governor/news/ao/approved/ao_archive.shtml

MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS AND SERVICES INFORMATION

The Pill Hill Compost Facility ("Landfill") will open periodically. Check the Bernardsville Borough website for details.

Borough Council meetings will be held online only. Information about live public viewing and participation is provided at bernardsvilleboro.org.

ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS

Anyone needing a licensure waiver needs to fill out the form on the website https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov.   
The licensure can be accessed through this link:  https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/Pages/Accelerated-Temporary-Licensure.aspx.
Once completed, the forms should be sent to NJtemplicense@dca.njoag.gov<mailto:NJtemplicense@dca.njoag.gov>.

Please direct any questions to the Department of Consumer Affairs.

TRAVEL INFORMATION:

Port Authority: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has launched a dedicated web page concerning their response to COVID-19

NJ Transit has launched a page for customers called COVID-19: How We're Protecting You

The Federal Centers for Disease Control regularly updates Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary

Health Dept. Updates:
Pandemic Flu Guidance – Schools
Pandemic Flu Guidance - Workplaces
Pandemic Flu Guidance - Households
Interim Guidance for Businesses – COVID-19
Interim Guidance for Healthcare Providers – COVID 19
Flu Guidance for Schools & Childcare Providers
Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities
... and the full list at www.bernardshealth.org

Bernards Twp. Health Department Coronavirus information and updates can be found at http://www.bernardshealth.org/

Bernardsville Police Department OEM Coronavirus/COVID 19 information, alerts and updates can be found at http://bernardsvillepd.org/coronavirus/

Bernardsville PD Annual Report 2020

Download and view the annual report in PDF format using the link below.

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES WITH BPD

The Bernardsville Police Dept. is currently accepting applications for the position of full-time Police Officer and part-time Special Law Enforcement Officer II.

More information: Employment Opportunities at BPD

Register Ready - Register Now!

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.

Meeker Road TRAFFIC ADVISORY

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.

Guidance Tool for Employers Related to COVID-19 Released

Bernardsville Police Dept. Office of Emergency Management Releases Executive Order Guidance Tool Related to COVID-19

Download the Self Assessment Checklist (pdf)

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.

Copy of Executive Order No. 192

Chief Kevin Valentine, Bernardsville Police Department – (908) 766-0037