January 29, 2014
Re: Declaration of State of Emergency Executive Order 147
On Tuesday, January 21, Governor Christie issued Executive Order 147, declaring a state of emergency in anticipation of the severe weather conditions throughout the State. As anticipated, our State has been subjected to high winds, heavy snow, mixed precipitation, dangerous storm surges and sub-zero temperatures.
In the Executive Order, Governor Christie noted “… the impending weather conditions constitute an immanent hazard, which threatens and presently endangers the health, safety, and resources of the residents of one or more municipalities and counties of this State."
The Executive Order activated elements of the State Emergency Operations Plan, broadening powers of the New Jersey State Police including traffic control, limiting access and egress from impacted areas and issuing evacuation orders if needed. The Order also authorizes the Adjutant General to mobilize and deploy members of the New Jersey National Guard and provide equipment in support of the Emergency Operations Plan.
The State of Emergency remains in effect, pending the Governor’s determination “that an emergency no longer exists.”
Since an emergency has been declared extraordinary costs associated with the emergency will be exempt from the 2% cap pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:30-3.9. Extraordinary costs have been defined as “expenditures incurred for the immediate preparation, response, recovery, and restoration of public services due to extreme weather conditions…subject to a gubernatorial emergency”.
The Division of Local Government Services will be providing guidance to your Chief Financial Officer soon. In the meantime, if you or your Chief Financial Officer have any questions or need additional information, you can contact the Division at 609-292-6110.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.