Office of Emergency Management
Borough maintains an approved, up-to-date Emergency Management
Operations Plan. The plan is available for inspection in the
Borough Clerk's office at Borough Hall.
Under the New Jersey Emergency Management Act (NJS App. 9-40
et. seq.), all government jurisdictions in New Jersey are
required to have an active Emergency Management
Program. In Bergen County this office is under the Chief of the County Police,
who by County Charter is the County Emergency Management Coordinator, is the
lead agency for emergency activities.
As part of the statutory requirements, all jurisdictions are
required to formulate and submit for County and State approval
comprehensive emergency operations plans.
Governmental plans are certified for a four (4) year period and must be revised
and resubmitted for approval. In 1992, only 17% of the municipal plans were
approved. Rockleigh's Plan was approved by the State of
New Jersey in 1994, 1998 and 2002.
Rockleigh Emergency Management Organization formulates response plans
to large-scale emergencies such as mass casualty incidents, large
scale fires, losses of utilities,
and large traffic disruptions. The plans are updated based on new information
received from exercises or actual occurrences.
As part of the contract between Rockleigh Borough and the Bergen County
Police Department, B.C.P.D. regularly responds to large scale incidents
At these incidents, representatives from Bergen County OEM either assist
municipal OEM coordinators or coordinate response of emergency equipment
Prevention activities include guidance in hazard mitigation projects,
a county wide committee on identifying mitigation projects and fire
for county facilities accomplished through the County Fire Marshal. The
County OEM also provides regular training to emergency management officials
responders from the police, fire, public works and emergency medical
the effect of emergencies is accomplished through planning, coordination,
training and proper public information.
Recovery is an important aspect of emergency management that is addressed
on various levels through this office. The multi-jurisdictional and
multi-disciplined approach to emergency management has paid dividends.
As the numbers of
emergency volunteers are declining and other governmental resources
are not limitless,
coordination of these resources becomes more essential during large