Office of Emergency Management

2017-Officers of Emergency Management

• Keith Sukennikoff – Emergency Management Coordinator
• Kevin Decker – Deputy Coordinator
• John Haig – 2ND Deputy Coordinator

Mission Statement

New Jersey law requires every municipality and county to have a state approved emergency operations plan and to appoint an Emergency Management Coordinator, who in conjunction with local government is responsible for coordinating the necessary actions to protect lives and property during times of disaster and emergency. Municipalities must also appoint an Emergency Management Council (known as Local Emergency Planning Council-(LEPC). Emergency Management programs on all levels of our government include not only the public safety units but volunteer and private entities such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and many fraternal and service organizations. There are four phases in emergency management.

1. PLANNING: Identifying hazards, preparing for contingencies.
2. RESPONSE: The Hands-on, initial response to the emergency.
3. RECOVERY: Getting back to normal, reestablish services.
4. MITGATION: Prevent or reduce the impact of future emergencies.

The Hamburg Office of Emergency Management is very involved in the safety of the community.

How to prepare NOW for an emergency

1. It’s a good idea to prepare for an emergency now, just as you have a family plan for a fire in your home.

2. Select the closest designated evacuation route to take if you are asked to evacuate. Write this information on your family emergency response plan and keep it in an accessible location.

3. If you think transportation could be a problem during an evacuation check with your neighbors to see if you could ride with one of them in the event of an emergency.

4. Plan now to stay with a relative or friend if an evacuation is ordered. If that is not possible, public shelters will be available. Emergency broadcast messages will direct you to the shelter(s) that have been opened. County shelters may be opened during larger emergencies.

5. In the event of a school evacuation, tune to your designated school closing radio station to obtain necessary information.

6. Keep a supply of batteries on hand for your flashlights and radio.

7. Keep an extra set of car keys handy.

Reporting an Emergency

New Jersey State Enhanced 9-1-1 is a system designed to provide a means of rapid communication with police, fire, or medical services in times of emergencies. It provides your house number, street name, and municipality to the 9-1-1 telecommunicator as soon as a connection is made. Help can be on the way even if conversation becomes impossible.

WHAT is 9-1-1?
9-1-1 is the universal emergency telephone number that you can dial twenty-four (24) hours a day for police, fire, or emergency medical services.

When should I dial 9-1-1?
Dial 9-1-1 immediately when life or property is in imminent danger. Don’t wait for someone else to make the call!

Where can I dial 9-1-1?
9-1-1 is a free call and can be dialed from any phone.

How does 9-1-1 work?
Your 9-1-1 call will be answered by a 9-1-1 telecommunicator who is trained in handling 9-1-1 telephone calls. The 9-1-1 telecommunicators are trained to ask questions to help determine the appropriate agencies to respond to the emergency.

What if my phone requires an access number for an outside line?
In some locations, such as office buildings, it may be necessary to dial an access number (usually the digit 9) to get an outside line before you can dial 9-1-1.

How do I use 9-1-1?
Remain calm: Speak clearly. Provide the 9-1-1 telecommunicator with the following information:

– Exactly what the problem is
– Where the problem is
– The phone number you are calling from
– Your address and name, if requested

Please stay on the telephone. Answer the telecommunicator’s questions and follow any instructions you may be given.


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