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Emergency Management

Emergency Management Coordinator: Sheriff Michael F. Strada
Director Emergency Preparedness: Robert Haffner
Deputy Coordinator: Steve Sugar
Deputy Coordinator: Corporal Jennifer VanDerWende


 

The Division of Emergency Management is a county-level emergency service required by statute that coordinates all available resources to serve the needs of Sussex County during times of emergency events and disasters.

In carrying out its responsibilities, the division oversees the emergency management activities of all county agencies and Sussex County's twenty-four municipalities. Each municipality has an emergency management coordinator with whom this division interacts and the coordinators, in turn, interact at the local level with police, fire, EMS, public works, public health, schools, etc.

Preparing for and carrying out all emergency functions—also known as comprehensive emergency management—is accomplished in four phases. A description of these phases and the division’s role in each are described below.

Mitigation

The division has developed a county-wide pre-disaster all-hazards mitigation plan that has identified hazards and vulnerabilities in all of Sussex County's twenty-four municipalities.

Preparedness

Under the supervision of this division, the county and all twenty-four municipalities have certified Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) that are reviewed annually and recertified every four years. The purpose of the EOPs is to give guidance to emergency responders in emergencies and disasters. The division also assists other public and private nonprofit agencies in developing their own specialized EOPs.
Radiological Emergency Information for Residents (374 KB) 
Radiological Emergency Information for Farmers (473 KB) 

 

Response

The division has the responsibility to be aware of and coordinate the response of all emergency resources requested by the incident commander of an emergency or disaster.

 

Recovery

If a disaster strikes in Sussex County, the division coordinates a thorough preliminary damage assessment with the affected municipalities. Non-insured losses are totalled and reported to the state. In the event of a presidential disaster declaration, the division then coordinates with the state and FEMA to recover the non-insured public sector losses.

In addition to the foregoing, the Division of Emergency Management presents training and educational programs including personal emergency preparedness, access and functional needs and incident command for responders. The division also oversees two community alert programs, Swift911™ and Register Ready, that are of tremendous service to the public.

For further information or assistance, contact the division at 973.579.0380 or via e-mail.

Emergency Management Coordinators

Municipality
Name
Phone
Andover Boro
John Hoag
973.786.6688
Andover Twp.
Eric Danielson
973.383.5544
Branchville
Jeff Lewis
973.948.4626
Byram
Todd Rudloff
973.347.4008
Frankford
Jeff Lewis
973.948.5566
Franklin
Jim Williams
973.827.9280
Fredon
Keith Festa
973.383.7025
Green Twp.
Mike Rose
908.852.9333
Hamburg
Keith Sukennikoff
973.827.9230
Hampton
Ed Hayes
973.383.5570
Hardyston
William Hickerson
973.823.7020
Hopatcong
Wade Crowley
973.770.1200
Lafayette
Rick Hughes
973.383.1817
Montague
Dave Coss
973.293.7300
Newton
Ken Teets
973.383.2525
Ogdensburg
Rick Keslo
973.827.3444
Sandyston
Shane Houghtaling
973.222.5533
Sparta
Neil Spidaletto
973.729.6121
Stanhope
Wayne Anthony
973.347.0159
Stillwater
Lisa Chammings
973.383.9484
Sussex
Floyd Southard
973.875.4831
Vernon
Ken Clark
973.764.6155
Walpack
Victor Maglio
973.479.6976
Wantage
Joe Konopinski
973.875.7192
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