Directives Issued by the State Office of Emergency Management

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Directive NJOEM-1 (2021) is issued pursuant to Executive Order 248 (Murphy 2021). The Directive establishes core baseline and advanced training requirements based upon FEMA's National Incident Management System (NIMS) training curriculum, mandates the use of NIMS for all incidents and planned events and requires incorporation of NIMS into existing training programs and exercises. The Directive, which is effective August 18, 2021, applies to all State, local and county emergency response providers. [pdf]

Directive NJOEM-2 (2022) rescinds Directive #61 (1958). The purpose of Directive NJOEM-2 (2022) is to establish procedures and guidelines for municipal and county emergency management coordinators and New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) personnel regarding notification procedures for an emergency declaration. [pdf]

Directive NJOEM-3 (2022) is a new directive that provides guidance for the overarching processes for resource requests and situational awareness for NJOEM, State agencies, and county and municipal OEMs. The Directive clarifies the flow of information for situational awareness and resource requests, and mandates use of the SEOC platform by County OEMs. It also requires NJOEM to develop and disseminate procedures for resource requests and situational awareness, and to provide training and exercises for same. The Directive instructs county and municipal coordinators to develop, conduct and participate in training for resource request and situational awareness procedures. Finally, the directive clarifies the role of the Regional Representatives in the coordination and facilitation of the situational awareness reporting and resource request processes. [pdf]

Directive NJOEM-4 (2022) rescinds Directive #84 (1975), updates the reporting of damage assessments into three phases (windshield, Phase One, Phase Two), and clarifies the roles of Emergency Response Bureau and Recovery Bureau personnel in the PDA process. [pdf]

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management Directive NJOEM-5 (2022) sets forth the requirements for county emergency management councils. This Directive rescinds and replaces Directive 103 (1987). The new Directive maintains the requirement for county coordinators to establish and chair collaborative emergency management councils. It clarifies that FEMA's Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101 (v.3) provides the guidance for the councils, and not the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act or Executive Orders 161 (Kean, 1987) or 284 (Murphy, 2022). The Directive provides guidelines for the composition of the county emergency management councils, and requires members of the councils to meet at least twice per year and to participate in EOP development, review, exercise and training. Council members are also required to comply with all present and future statutes, executive orders, directives etc. to protect the county EOP from public disclosure. [pdf]

Directive NJOEM-6 (2022) establishes the qualifications of county emergency management coordinators and deputy coordinators. It also details the responsibilities of the county emergency management coordinator, consistent with: the competencies and emergency management program elements identified in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Independent Study program and Comprehensive Planning Guide 101 (version 3, September 2021); the State Emergency Operations Plan (SEOP); NJOEM policies, procedures and directives; and State statutes, regulations and executive orders. This Directive also specifies training requirements for county emergency management coordinators and deputy coordinators in addition to those set forth in Directive NJOEM-1 (2021), authorized by Executive Order 248 (Murphy, 2021). This Directive rescinds and replaces Directive 100. [pdf]

Directive NJOEM-7 (2022) establishes the qualifications of municipal emergency management coordinators and deputy coordinators. It also details the responsibilities of the municipal emergency management coordinator, consistent with the competencies identified in: FEMA’s Independent Study program and CPG 101; the State Emergency Operations Plan (SEOP); NJOEM policies and directives; and State statutes, regulations and executive orders. This Directive also specifies training requirements for municipal emergency management coordinators and deputy coordinators in addition to those set forth in Directive NJOEM-1 (2021), issued pursuant to Executive Order 248 (Murphy, 2021). This Directive rescinds and replaces Directive 102. [pdf]

This Directive NJOEM-8 (2022) provides for oversight of Search and Rescue (SAR) operations and standards within New Jersey, pursuant to the State Emergency Operations Plan and Executive Order 248 mandating NIMS compliance. It requires the designation of, and defines responsibilities of, the State SAR Coordinator, and authorizes formation of the State Search and Rescue Coordination Working Group (SSARCWGrp). The SSARCWGrp, chaired by the NJOEM State SAR Coordinator, will guide the formulation of such policies and procedures necessary to sustain a coordinated SAR Program and facilitate uniform training and credentialing, reporting standards, accreditation, and deployment criteria. This Directive also establishes and defines the scope of authority and responsibilities of the county and local SAR coordinators, as well as establishing the parameters for developing uniform baseline standards, training, credentialing, procedures, and guidelines for personnel who engage in SAR operations in New Jersey at the State, county, and municipal levels. [pdf]

Grants emergency management auxiliary police the power to enforce all New Jersey laws during emergencies and training exercises.

Directs that whenever auxiliary police are attached to the local police for training, they shall be under the direction of the Chief of Police and subject to the rules and regulations of the local police.

This directive requires that all emergency management exercises and drills must be approved by the State Office of Emergency Management to assure proper coordination. Full version of this Directive.

This directive requires that custodians of all radiation training source sets establish a log card to be signed each time the source holder is opened.

Whenever the Governor or State, County or Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator determine that it is in the best interests of the public to evacuate an area, it is the duty of the public to comply. Full version of this Directive.

This directive requires the completion of a Group Radiation Exposure Record (SP-330) each time a Radiological Monitoring course is completed. A NJSP Emergency Management Registration Card (SP-610) is required each time a source set is used.

This directive contains a listing of "PRIME" Municipal EOC to County EOC Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) frequency assignments in the two, six and ten meter band.

This directive states that the authorization for arming of Auxiliary Police rests solely with the local governing body and subject to the approval of the Chief of Police.

This directive states that Auxiliary Police personnel may be assigned in a municipality other than that of their residence.

This directive states that all members of the Auxiliary Police must be residents of the municipality where they hold such membership.

This directive provides that Auxiliary Police personnel must undergo mandatory on-the-job training consisting of at least eight hours training each month.

This directive contains the criteria for purchase requests based upon program reviews and evaluation of performance in annual exercises. It also spells out the specific procedures for preparing purchase request forms, as well as establishing deadline dates for submission, review and approval of equipment requests.

This directive enumerates the duties and responsibilities of the county emergency management coordinator, the qualifications that the coordinator must possess and the courses that must be successfully completed by the incumbent within one year of appointment. Full version of this Directive.

This directive provides the guidelines and procedures for the development, submission, approval, updating and review of Emergency Operations Plans. Full version of this Directive [pdf].

This directive enumerates the duties and responsibilities of the municipal emergency management coordinator, the qualifications that the coordinator must possess and the courses that must be successfully completed by the incumbent within one year of appointment. Full version of this Directive.

The purpose of this directive is to enable municipalities with special needs, resource deficiencies or geographical limitations to form Joint Emergency Management Councils as a method to provide an improved and comprehensive emergency management program for each of the participating municipalities. Full version of this Directive.