Office of Emergency Management

OEM Coordinator
Homer M. Mosley Jr.


OEM Deputy Coordinator
William Carlson
Email:  wcarlson@dunellenborough.com



PUBLIC NOTICE EMERGENCY AND DISASTER DECLARATIONS FEMA-DR-4488-NJ



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Dunellen OEM Safety Saturdays Event
The Dunellen Office of Emergency Management/Dunellen NJ CERT virtual Safety Saturdays information
session is a monthly series to be held on the Third Saturday of each month. Whether you’re an individual looking to safeguard your household, a leader of a House of Worship, an educator, a business owner planning a more resilient operation, or someone who just wants to be able to assist your neighbor in a crisis, we’ve got crucial emergency preparedness guidance and insights that can help.

Join us via Zoom for an informative session with practical advice that will make all the difference when it
matters most. Be sure to click on the link and register via Zoom in advance. A Zoom invitation with access
information will be emailed to the address provided.
We look forward to seeing you online!

Generator Safety - Sat. February 17
Generators are a natural go-to for backup power during an outage, but proper management can be the
difference between a practical temporary solution and a disaster waiting to happen. Join Dunellen OEM/
Dunellen NJ CERT via Zoom on Saturday Feb. 17 @ 10:30am for a session on everything you thought
you knew about relying on generators; from selection and storage to keeping your home and family safe.
Register via Zoom. An email containing your access info will be sent to the address provided.

Winter Preparedness – Travel Safety – Sat. January 20
The Dunellen Office of Emergency Management/Dunellen NJ CERT will host our first Virtual Safety
Saturdays event on January 20th at 10:30 am. The information session is part of a monthly series to be
held on the Third Saturday of each month.

Whether you’re an individual looking to safeguard your household, a leader of a House of Worship, an
educator, a business owner planning a more resilient operation, or someone who just wants to be able to
assist your neighbor, we’ve got crucial emergency preparedness guidance and insights that can help.
Please RSVP on Facebook or Nextdoor to help us anticipate attendance and join us via Zoom for an
informative session with practical advice that will make all the difference when it matters most.

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Flood Safety Terminology
• Flash Flood - A flood that can happen in a few minutes or hours of heavy rainfall, dam/levee
failure, or drains overflowing.
• Flood Watch - A message that flooding is possible.
• Flood Warning - A message that flooding will happen soon (if it hasn’t already).
• Levee/Dam - A structure to contain or prevent water from overflowing and flooding an area.
Questions You Should Ask
• How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
• What is my shelter plan?
• What about my pet(s). Can I take them to the shelter?
• What is my evacuation route?
• What is my family/household communication plan?
• Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?
Steps You Should Take
• Make a family emergency communication plan and include pets.
• Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
• Include your pets in your emergency plans. Build a separate emergency kit for your pets
• Make sure and keep digital records and/or pictures to identify your pet after a disaster in case
you become separated.
• Create a list of places that accept pets if an emergency happens.
• Check on your neighbors to make sure they’re okay.
• Know what to do before, during, and after a flood.
• Flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect, so purchase now to protect your family!
• Listen to local officials by radio, TV or social media.
• Evacuate when advised by authorities or if you are in a flood or flash flood prone area.
• If you are on high ground above flooded areas, being prepared to stay where you are may be the
best protection.
• Never drive or walk through flooded streets; Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Do not go through flood
waters. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away most cars and just 2 feet of rushing
water can carry away SUVs and trucks.

MORE …
Flood Prep & Planning
https://www.floodsmart.gov/first-prepare-flooding
Flood Insurance
https://www.floodsmart.gov/policy-terms


Know Your Property’s Flood Risk
Access local flood map by address
https://msc.fema.gov/portal/home
According to FEMA, “If you live in an area with low or moderate flood risk, you are 5 times
more likely to experience flood than a fire in your home over the next 30 years. For many, a
National Flood Insurance Program's flood insurance policy could cost less than $400 per
year.”
Track Area Rivers
Green Brook
https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=phi&gage=grbn4
Bound Brook
https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=phi&gage=mdsn4
Raritan River
https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=phi&gage=mnvn4

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Emergency management is a means of responding to large-scale emergencies or disasters.

There are four phases to the emergency management model: 1) Mitigation, 2) Preparedness, 3) Response and 4) Recovery.

Mitigation: Refers to actions taken before an event occurs to prevent or lessen the impact the event has to life and property. Examples of mitigation include; building codes, zoning ordinances, grant funding, and training.

Preparedness: Refers to activities, actions, procurements, planning, training and inter-jurisdictional cooperation designed to increase response readiness to identified hazards the community faces.

Response: Mobilization of resources to meet the needs of the community in response to the nature of the disaster. Mobilization includes local, county, state and federal resources as necessary. Response is usually associated with the period of time immediately after the event and necessary to ensure life safety issues are handled. Examples include; Fire and EMS services,
Search and Rescue, debris removal, public works activities and law enforcement.

Recovery: Refers to long term mobilization of support operations that work toward returning the community to its pre-event condition.

The purpose of the Office of Emergency Management is to coordinate the activities of various town departments responsible for continued operations during disasters, coordinate inter-local agreements for resource utilization, communicate with state and federal agencies, and provide education and training. Ultimately, the purpose of emergency management is to increase the town's capabilities to respond to the hazard that threaten the Town, all the while, preventing or reducing the impact of the hazards on the community.