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Executive Order #45

Governor Christine Todd Whitman

This executive order terminated by EO #46 Whitman.

WHEREAS, severe weather conditions of January 7, 1996 caused by snow and blizzard conditions, including hazardous road conditions, high tides and coastal flooding in the State of New Jersey and,

WHEREAS, these weather conditions pose a threat and constitute a disaster from a natural cause which threatens and presently does endanger the health, safety or resources of the residents of more than one municipality and county of this State; and which is in some parts of the State and may become in other parts of the State too large in scope to be handled in its entirety by the normal municipal operating services; and

WHEREAS, the Constitution and statutes of the State of New Jersey, particularly the Law of 1942, Chapter 251 (N.J.S.A. App: 9-30 et seq.) and the Laws of 1979, Chapter 240 (N.J.S.A. 38A:3-6.1) and the Laws of 1963, Chapter 109 (N.J.S.A. 38A:2-4) and all amendments and supplements thereto, confer upon the Governor of the State of New Jersey certain emergency powers.

THEREFORE, I, Christine Todd Whitman, Governor of the State of New Jersey, in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of the State of New Jersey do declare and proclaim that a State of Emergency has and presently exists in the entire State of New Jersey.

NOW THEREFORE, in accordance with the Laws of 1963 Chapter 109 (N.J.S.A. 38A:2-4), I hereby authorize the Adjutant General of the New Jersey National Guard to order to active duty such members of the New Jersey National Guard that, in his judgement, are necessary to provide aid to those localities where there is a threat or danger to the public health, safety, and welfare. He may authorize the employment of any supporting vehicles, equipment, communications or supplies as may be necessary to support the members so ordered.

FURTHERMORE, in accordance with the Laws of 1942, Chapter 251 as supplemented and amended, I hereby empower the Superintendent of the Division of State Police, who is the State's Director of Emergency Management, through the police agencies under his control, to determine the control and direction of the flow of such vehicular traffic on any State highway, municipal or county road, including the right to detour, reroute or divert any or all traffic and to prevent ingress or egress from any area that he, in his discretion, deems necessary for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the public.

The Superintendent of the Division of State Police is further authorized and empowered to utilize all facilities owned, rented, operated and maintained by the State of New Jersey to house and shelter persons who may need to be evacuated from their residences during the course of this emergency.

FURTHERMORE, the Superintendent of the Division of State Police is hereby authorized to order the evacuation of all persons, except for those emergency and governmental personnel whose presence he deems necessary, from any area where their continued presence would present a danger to their health, safety, or welfare because of the conditions created by the emergency.

FURTHERMORE, in accordance with the Laws of 1942, Chapter 251, I reserve the right to utilize and employ all available resources of the State goverment and of each and every political subdivision of the State, whether of men, properties, or instrumentalities, and to commandeer and utilize any personal services and any privately owner property necessary to protect against this emergency.

This order shall take effect immediately and it shall remain in effect until such time as it is determined by me that an emergency no longer exits.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this
7th day of January in the Year of
Our Lord, One Thousand Nine
Hundred and Ninety Six, and of the
Independence of the United States,
the Two Hundred and Twentieth.

/s/ Christine Todd Whitman


/s/ Peter Verniero
Chief of Staff

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