Welcome to the office of emergency management
To lessen the effects of disaster on the lives and property of thecommunity of theTownship of Deptfordthrough leadership, coordination and support in the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
Emergency management is the process of preparing for, mitigating, responding to and recovering from an emergency. Emergency management is a dynamic process. Planning, though critical, is not the only component. Training, conducting drills, testing equipment and coordinating activities with the community are other important functions.
Emergency Management is divided into four (4) phases:
Mitigation activities are those that eliminate or reduce the probability of a disaster occurrence. Also included are those long-term activities that lessen the undesirable effects of unavoidable hazards. Some examples include the establishment of building codes, flood plan management, insurance, elevating buildings, and public education programs.
Preparedness activities serve to develop the response capabilities needed in the event of an emergency. Planning, exercising, training and developing public information programs and warning systems are among the activities conducted under this phase.
Response activities include direction and control, warning, evacuation and emergency services and are designed to address immediate and short-term effects of the onset of an emergency or disaster. They help to reduce casualties and damage and to speed recovery.
Recovery includes both short-term and long-term activities. Short-term operations seek to restore critical services to the community and provide for the basic needs of the public. Long-term recovery focuses on restoring the community to its normal or improved state of affairs. The recovery period is also an opportune time to institute mitigation measures, particularly those related to the recent emergency. Examples of recovery actions would be temporary housing and food, restoration of non-vital government services, and reconstruction of damaged areas.
Deptford Township is 17.5 square miles with a population of approximately 30,000. The Township acts as a throughway to almost every major highway in the State of New Jersey. Estimates of 100,000 commuters travel in Deptford Township on a daily basis.
The Office of Emergency Management works in conjunction with the Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management, New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It operates under the direction of the Emergency Management Coordinator. The remainder of the Department consists of a Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator and an Operations Officer.
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Donald L. Banks,Emergency Management Coordinator
Phone: (856) 686-2218
Fax: (856) 812-2540
Thomas E. Newman, Jr.,Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator
Phone: (856) 686-2234
Fax: (856) 812-2540
Emergency Operations Center
Phone: (856) 812-1285