Office of Emergency Management

OEM Coordinator - Dennis VanNatta, dvannatta@scotchplainsnj.com
Deputy OEM Coordinators - Rutland Paal Jr. and James Richie

Email: OEM@scotchplainsnj.com

Social Media Links: Twitter and Facebook

Mission

Our mission is to provide a comprehensive and integrated emergency management system that coordinates community resources to protect lives, property, and the environment through mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery from all natural and man-made hazards that may impact our township.


Emergency Management Plan

The Township of Scotch Plains has developed an action plan to protect local citizens, businesses and property in the event of a natural or man-made emergency or disaster. It is an all-hazards plan that is adaptable to any type of emergency or disaster that the Township may have to deal with. 

What We Do for You and Scotch Plains

  • Coordinate Emergency Management activities for the Twp. of Scotch Plains.
  • Maintain and update the Township’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, Hazards Vulnerability Analysis, and Hazard Mitigation Plan.
  • Activate and staff the Township’s Emergency Operations Center.
  • Coordinate for local, state, and federal government response and recovery operations during a major emergency or disaster.
  • Maintain and operate the Township’s Emergency Operations Center.
  • Monitor severe weather watches, warnings, and special statements issued by the National Weather Service and provide this information to other local government departments including Police, Fire EMS and Public Works and Township Leadership and department heads.
  • Serve as the Chairman of the Local Emergency Preparedness Committee (LEPC).
  • Provide assistance and support to all public safety agencies, government entities, and private sector partners through planning, training, and exercising.
  • Coordinate resource support to the on scene Incident Commanders when requested.
  • Provide continuity of Operations Planning information and guidance.

Communications Information

Effective emergency management and incident response activities rely on flexible communications and information systems. The Township of Scotch Plains Office of Emergency Management continues to try and use the most efficient and effective way to communicate with our residents and businesses through a variety of media options. 

 

Currently you can receive up to date emergency information from the following sources;

 

CodeRED

CodeRED provides emergency information by telephone, text, fax and email about Township-wide priority events.

 

AM Radio 530

Emergency information can also be found by listening to radio, 530AM, for important information for both Scotch Plains and Fanwood.

 

Social Media

The Township of Scotch utilizes Facebook and Twitter and the Township Webpage to keep residents informed about events and on-going items of interest. During an emergency, the Township Webpage, Facebook and Twitter will be utilized to communicate as well. If other social media platforms provide an opportunity to communicate to a wide-number of residents we will look to utilize them as well. 

 

Television

Verizon FIOS channel 22 and Comcast channel 34 will also be used in the event of an emergency or severe weather event to provide important information as well.

Information Center

Get Text Alerts


Get Email Updates

Your email address will not be shared with anyone else.

Radio Alerts

Click for live stream of Scotch Plains-Fanwood information radio at 530 AM