Office of Emergency Management

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ABOUT THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

The Bernardsville OEM is established by Borough Ordinance in accordance with applicable state statutes.  The Office consists of one Coordinator, two  Deputy Coordinators, an Emergency Management Council and the Local Emergency Planning Committee all appointed by the Mayor.  Volunteers from the community are appointed to assist with programs such as CERT, Shelter Operations, Damage Assessment, Shelter Nursing,  and Emergency Animal Care. The Office is charged with the responsibility to plan, prepare, mitigate and respond to local emergencies and disasters.  The local OEM coordinates emergency response activities with the Police and Fire Departments, First Aid Squad, local community organizations and other local, County, State and Federal emergency response agencies.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES are available.  – Scroll down to view VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

“READY BERNARDSVILLE”-EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION 

Welcome to “Ready Bernardsville”.  Here you will find information that the Bernardsville OEM has collected to assist community members in preparing responsibly for disasters and local emergencies.  Residents are encouraged to find out about hazards present in the community, prepare a disaster supply kit, maintain a safe home and develop and practice a family disaster plan. Information below will provide information and useful links to help you get started.

GENERAL PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION – USEFUL LINKS 

Each person’s individual needs and abilities are unique, but everyone can take important steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies and put plans in place. By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan, you can be better prepared for any situation. A commitment to planning today will help you prepare for any emergency situation. Preparing makes sense. Get ready now.

The links below include information from various organizations that might be helpful in preparing your family emergency and disaster plan. The Bernardsville Office of Emergency Management encourages you to explore these sites to learn more about the resources available to assist you in this process.

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM)

FEMA Ready America

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

BASIC DISASTER SUPPLIES. The Bernardsville OEM recommends that the following basic supply items be stocked in your home.

WATER, FOOD, FIRST AID SUPPLIES, CLOTHING, BEDDING, SANITATION SUPPLIES, TOOL KIT, FLASHLIGHT, BATTERIES, BATTERY OPERATED A.M. RADIO, INDIVIDUAL SPECIAL ITEMS (Medications, Medical Equipment)

Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container. Possible containers include a large, covered trash container; plastic tote, a camping backpack; or a duffle bag.

For more information visit https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

OLDER AMERICANS

Preparing makes sense. Get ready now. For more information visit https://www.ready.gov/seniors

Information Related to Access and Functional Needs Emergency Preparedness

https://www.nj.gov/humanservices/dds/services/afn/

VOLUNTEER-COME JOIN OUR TEAM – OPPORTUNITIES WITH BERNARDSVILLE OEM

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We are always seeking volunteers to assist with emergency response activities during disasters and local emergencies. OEM Volunteers serve as part of the Bernardsville Police Department (VIPS) Volunteers In Police Service Citizen Corps Program. There is no long term commitment required of the volunteers. Volunteers serve when called upon and when willing and available to do answer the call for assistance. Our volunteer positions provide an opportunity for retired residents or senior citizens to be involved with the community in a meaningful way. Some positions require minimal levels of orientation and safety training that will be provided by the Bernardsville Office of Emergency Management. Ongoing in-service training is made available. Applicants are required to complete a brief application and may be required to be fingerprinted for a criminal background check. More information about each position is found below.

Volunteers from Bernardsville and the surrounding area are needed to help fill the following positions:

CERT Members (Community Emergency Response Team)

Emergency Shelter Volunteers

Shelter Nurses and Health Care Aides

Emergency Supply – Point of Distribution Volunteers

Damage Assessment Team Volunteers

To volunteer to participate in any of these programs,  please obtain an application OEM Volunteer Brochure Application at Police H.Q. and submit it to the Bernardsville Police Department, Office of Emergency Management, 166 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville, N.J. 07924.  For more information about this program contact the Office of Emergency by calling 908-766-0037 ext. 134 (Kristine McNamara) or (Tim Richard) ext. 189.

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM -CERT

The Bernardsville Office of Emergency Management is actively seeking volunteers to become a member of our Community Emergency Response Team.  Individuals over the age of 18 who live or work in Bernardsville are invited to apply to participate in the program.  We also welcome participants from nearby communities who are interested in volunteering.

WHAT IS CERT?

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https://www.ready.gov/cert

Extraordinary emergency situations or special events can place a strain on regular emergency services provided by the Police Dept. and the Volunteer Fire Department and First Aid Squad.  In an effort to provide support and better manage resources, the Office of Emergency Management has organized a volunteer CERT team.  Citizen participation with this program will better prepare our community to respond to any emergency.

The Bernardsville CERT Program trains volunteers to work with and support emergency responders.  CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CERT visit the National Citizen Corp CERT Website at  https://www.ready.gov/cert