Office of Emergency Management

1202 Van Houten Avenue
Phone: (973) 778-1035 
Fax: (973) 470-5844
Dispatch non-emergency (973) 470-5911

Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:15am to 4:15pm

OEM Coordinator: Deputy Chief Kevin McCarthy

Deputy OEM Coordinator: Captain Philip Cheski

Deputy OEM Coordinator: Michael Onder


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What is Clifton’s OEM?
Clifton’s office of Emergency Management represents our local Participation in our Nations official emergency management structure:

•Federal Emergency Management Association
•New Jersey Office Emergency Management (NJSP)
•Passaic County Office Emergency Management
•Clifton OEM

What is the OEM’s Mission?
Implement an Emergency Plan and Direct Response

Coordination of City Resources with City Chiefs/Department Heads
Municipal - Neighboring Communities
County - OEM,HAZMAT, Health
State - NJ OEM, NJSP, NJ Department of Health
Federal - FEMA, EPA, Coast Guard
Agencies - Red Cross

What is the OEM’s Role?
“Should an emergency arise that would cause the activation of the Office of Emergency Management Organization, Chiefs and Department Heads Would remain in charge of their respective sections. However, requests for communications, movements, resources and needs Would be coordinated through the incident command post site or at the Emergency Operations Center”.

Who is part of Clifton’s OEM?

•Every Department of the City is Represented
•City Council
•Department of Public Works
•Board of Education
•Communications Team - FCC Licensed Amateur Radio Ops
•Citizen Volunteers

How does the OEM achieve it’s mission?

Mitigation - Activities that eliminate or reduce the risk of disaster (insurance, building codes, flood plain management, public education)
Preparedness - Planning, exercise, training, public information systems and warning
Response - Direction/Control, warning, evacuation, emergency service to address immediate and short term effects of a emergency/ disaster
Recovery - Short term, those operations that seek to restore critical services and meet basic needs. Long term, those actions that restore community to normal state. Mitigation measures such as temporary housing and food, restoring non-vital City services.