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THE NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AT THE DIRECTION OF ACTING GOVERNOR DICK CODEY HAS ASKED ME TO MAKE THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER AVAILABLE TO YOU

Further details on this can be addressed to SFC Christian Schulz at 609-963-6975 or lpp4657@gw.njsp.org

September 2, 2008

WHEREAS, there is an imminent  threat of  destruction and loss of life in the Gulf States, including the States  of Louisiana and Mississippi, arising from the approach of Hurricane Gustav; and

WHEREAS, the States of Louisiana and Mississippi along with the State of New Jersey are members of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) (N.J.S.A. 38A:20-4) which requires New Jersey to provide assistance to any other Compact member who has suffered a disaster and requests such aid; and

WHEREAS, the States of Louisiana and Mississippi have declared that Emergencies exist and have requested aid from New Jersey under the provisions of EMAC; and

WHEREAS, in order to respond to such requests it may be necessary to employ the resources of State, County and local government and the private sector; and

WHEREAS, the provisions of this Order will prevent the uncoordinated deployment of emergency personnel and delivery of emergency resources that could  endanger the health, safety and resources of the citizens of New Jersey by dangerously depleting the supply of essential materials and services; and

WHEREAS, the Constitution and statutes of the State of New Jersey, particularly the provisions of N.J.S.A. App. A:9-33 et seq. and N.J.S.A. 38A:3-6.1 and N.J.S.A. 38A:2-4 and all amendments and supplements thereto, confer upon the Governor of the State of New Jersey certain emergency powers;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICHARD J. CODEY, Acting Governor of the State of New Jersey, in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of the State of New Jersey do declare and proclaim that a State of Emergency presently exists for the specific purpose of activating the Emergency Management Assistance Compact to coordinate multi-state mutual aid to the states of Louisiana and Mississippi, and do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

1.  The State Director of Emergency Management shall implement the State Emergency Operations Plan and shall direct the activation of county and municipal emergency operations plans as necessary to identify resources that are available for response to EMAC requests as authorized by and coordinated through the State Director of Emergency Management.

2. In accordance with the Laws of 1942, Chapter 251 (N.J.S.A. App. A:9-34), as supplemented and amended, I reserve the right to utilize and employ all available resources of the State government and of each and every political subdivision of the State, whether of persons, properties or instrumentalities, and to commandeer and utilize any personal services and any privately owned property necessary to provide a full, prompt and effective utilization of resources to respond to requests from disaster-stricken states.

3. It shall be the duty of every person or entity in this State or doing business in this State and of the members of the governing body and every official, employee or agent of every political subdivision in this State and of each member of all other governmental bodies, agencies authorities in this State of any nature whatsoever,

4. Pursuant to the Laws of 1942, Chapter 251, as supplemented and amended (N.J.S.A. App. A:9-40), no municipality, county or any other agency or political subdivision of this State shall enact or enforce any order, rule, regulation, ordinance or resolution which will or might in any way conflict with any of the provisions of this Order, or which will in any way interfere with or impede the achievement of the purposes of this Order.

5. In accordance with the Laws of 1942, Chapter 251 (N.J.S.A. App. A:9-34), as supplemented and amended, the Governor  reserves the right to utilize and employ all available resources of the State government and of each and every political subdivision of the State, whether of persons, properties or instrumentalities, and to commandeer and utilize any personal services and any privately owned property necessary to provide a full, prompt and effective utilization of resources to respond to requests from disaster-stricken States to protect against this emergency.

6. All persons participating in a response authorized by the State Director of Emergency Management to an EMAC request shall be considered State emergency forces for the purposes of EMAC.

7. This Order shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until such time as it is determined that an emergency no longer exists.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 31st day of August, in the year of two thousand and eight and the Independence of the United States, the two hundred and thirty-third.

Richard J. Codey
Acting Governor

Attest:  Edward J. McBride, Jr.
Chief Counsel to the Governor

                                                                                                                       

 

 

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