Office Emergency Management
Residents of Palmyra,
The Borough successfully survived Hurricane Sandy. Some sections of town had no electric for days and some trees did come down but does not compare to the devastation in our northern counties.
However, lessons were learned and I want to share a couple with you. One is communication. Some residents didn’t get vital communications regarding possible flooding and shelter operations. The borough has free information services; Global Connect and Nixle. Registering your phone number with the Palmyra Police Department will help you get vital emergency information. Registering is easy; you can go to the Borough’s home page or the Palmyra Police Department web page.
Another lesson is preparedness if you are displaced from your home. We opened a shelter at the Borough Community Center. Sheltering is temporary (less than 3 days). A “go bag” is recommended to be packed and ready to go in case you need to evacuate. Additional information on go-bags and other essential preparedness information can be found at the websites listed below.
Looking at the events unfolding in Paulsboro, Gloucester County, New Jersey, a train derailment caused residents to be evacuated for a minimum of 6 days (at the time of this writing). Residents received a knock on their door and were told they had 90 minutes to evacuate. Please extend your go-bag to at least 5 days, make a list of things that you may need if sheltering is necessary beyond 3 days. Having this preplanned is essential, 90 minutes is not long to gather things for you and your family including pets.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Deputy OEM Coordinator
BOROUGH OF PALMYRA OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
PALMYRA / RIVERTON OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT STAFF
Richard K. Dreby - Executive Coordinator
Scott Reed - Coordinator
Tracy Kilmer - Deputy Coordinator
Howard Norcross - Deputy Coordinator
John Skowronski - Deputy Coordinator
We are located at:
Borough of Palmyra
20 West Broad St.
Palmyra, NJ 08065
We can be reached at:
In 2009 the Palmyra Office of Emergency Management (OEM) joined with the Borough of Riverton to form one OEM.
OEM is a resource group that supports the emergency services in Palmyra and Riverton. Evolved from the old Civil Defense program of the 1950′s, the Office of Emergency Management of today uses a four phase approach of preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation to help keep our town safe.
The OEM is responsible for the response and coordination of all activities necessary to protect both Boroughs residents from natural and man made disasters such as fire, flood, severe storms, terrorism and mass casualty events. We do this through emergency planning. OEM coordinates emergency management services for the Borough by providing leadership, planning, education, and training exercises.
The OEM is supported by the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The LEPC is responsible for the planning and implementation of plans to help mitigate and plan before, during and after an emergency.
CERT is a group of private citizens that aide the LEPC and professional responders in both emergency and non emergency situations. Through specialized training CERT provides a vital service in the absence of emergency responders. Read more about CERT and becoming a member under the Emergency Management CERT tab.
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Helpful Links to Prepare Yourself For an Emergency: