Office of Emergency Management

OEM Coordinator - Dennis VanNatta,
Deputy OEM Coordinators - Beverly Peal and Rutland Paal Jr.


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The Scotch Plains Office of Emergency Management, hereinafter "OEM," focuses on the protection of life and property for all residents, businesses, (including their employees), and the traveling public. OEM provides protection through the latest body of knowledge and current Emergency Management practices as set forth in federal, state, and county regulations. OEM personnel provide protection through study, planning and application of all phases of Emergency Management, while concentrating on mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.


OEM fosters the "TEAM" approach through education, coaching and partnering with each member. Members include municipal officials, the Emergency Management Council, the Local Emergency Planning Committee, emergency services and all municipal departments as outlined in the Township Code.


OEM will provide direction and obtain resources to members of the TEAM in events such as natural and technological disasters. OEM will provide coordination and assistance to police, fire, rescue, emergency medical and municipal government.


OEM will achieve a complete integration of Emergency Management through current technologies available, using proven management practices and implementing the incident command system. OEM will complete the integration process by educating the general public through publications, pamphlets and public service announcements.


The OEM has detailed information covering preparedness, response, mitigation and recovery of a disaster that may occur within the Township. The OEM focuses on the following areas:

1. Alerting and Warning

2. Fire and Rescue activities

3. Law Enforcement activities

4. Public Health awareness

5. Emergency Medical Services

6. Evacuation procedures

7. Shelter placement and deployment

8. Check-in procedures and shelter management

9. Resource Management

10. Coordination with the media

11. Department of Public Works activities

12. Tactical Operations from the Emergency Operating Center

13. Damage Assessments of public infrastructures and buildings

14. Handling of Hazardous Materials

15. Terrorists activities

16. Radiological Protection


In summary, the Scotch Plains Office of Emergency Management has been planning in the past and will continue to plan in the future. We will update the Emergency Operating Plan as needed to protect residents, businesses and visitors to our Township.

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