J-Town Tidbits: Did you know that Jefferson Township has its own Division of Emergency Management?

As per Township Ordinance 1A-39, within the Department of Public Safety, Jefferson Township has a Division of Emergency Management.  The Division consists of an Emergency Management Coordinator appointed by the Mayor of the Township, and an Emergency Management Council also appointed by the Mayor.  The Emergency Management Coordinator and Emergency Management Council have functions, powers, and duties as provided by state laws, orders, and regulations of the New Jersey Department of Public Safety.

Currently the Jefferson Township Office of Emergency Management is staffed by the following:

Coordinator:                         William Craig, Chief of Police
Dep. Coordinator:                 Paul Castimore, Police Lieutenant
Dep. Coordinator:                 Mickey Deloreto, Past Fire Chief
Dep. Coordinator:                 Andrew Schmidt, Past Fire Chief
Dep. Coordinator:                 Fred Claus, Police Telecommunicator
OEM Recording Secretary:   Shelley Ebbinghouser, Police Chief’s Administrative Assistant

The Office is responsible for coordinating all large scale emergencies. OEM is responsible for maintaining the Township Emergency Management plan and to provide resources to all Township Departments during emergencies or in times of crisis. In addition, the Office works closely with the Morris County Office of Emergency Management and the New Jersey State Office of Emergency Management.

The Office of Emergency Management also coordinates a Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT). Currently, Linda Hamer is the CERT Coordinator for Jefferson Township.  The CERT program is voluntary and is always seeking volunteers. Training is provided.

The coordinators can be contacted through the Police Chief’s Office at 973-208-6151.

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Carol was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Jefferson Township with her husband in 1976. She initially joined the Garden Club of Milton, eventually serving as President. She was a co-founder of the ABC Mothers Group, active in the local PTAs, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts. She worked for AIM Newspapers as a reporter and eventually became its Editor. Currently, she is President of the Jefferson Arts Committee and recently retired as the Recreation Program Coordinator in the Jefferson Township Recreation Department. She can be reached at carol.punturieri@thejeffersonchronicle.com.