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Cape May County Emergency Proclamation And Rescinding Declaration - 2
Release Date: August 25, 2011

30 West Mechanic Street
Cape May Court House, N.J.  08210
Office:   609.463.6570    Fax:   609.463.0252

Ralph E. Sheets, Jr.                                    Francis J. McCall
Freeholder                                         Director






    WHEREAS, pursuant to the powers vested by Chapter 251 of the Laws of 1942 as amended and supplemented, N.J.S.A App. A: 9 30 et seq., specifically N.J.S.A. App. A:9-42.2, the Cape May County Emergency Management Coordinator is responsible for the development, coordination, and activation of countywide mutual aid emergency management plans and for the activation of such emergency management facilities and services as are available from the resources of the county government in the event of emergencies; and

    WHEREAS, by reason of the extreme weather conditions attendant to Hurricane Irene as identified by the National Hurricane Center which currently or will, in the immediate future, exist in and around the COUNTY OF CAPE MAY, a local disaster emergency exists within the boundaries of the COUNTY OF CAPE MAY which may affect the health, safety and welfare of the people of the COUNTY OF CAPE MAY, and

WHEREAS, the National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Warning predicting rain, high winds and Severe Beach Erosion and Severe Tidal Flooding beginning on Saturday, August 27, 2011; Sunday August 28, 2011 and continuing through Monday August 29, 2011; and

WHEREAS, the affects of Hurricane Irene will produce 8 to 16 inches of rain; and

WHEREAS, the impending Hurricane will exacerbate existing conditions, including power outages for all Cape May County barrier island communities and communities along the Delaware Bay may be issued; and

WHEREAS, the aforesaid conditions constitute an imminent hazard that threatens and presently endangers the health, safety, and resources of the residents of one or more municipalities within the County and may become in other parts of the County too large in scope to be handled by the normal local operating services warranting the implementation of the support of the State of New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, the Cape May County Emergency Management Communications Center will be fully activated as of 0800 hours, Friday, August 26, 2011 as a result of these impending conditions AND continue to be activated until such conditions warrant otherwise; and

WHEREAS, the Cape May County Emergency Management Group, Fire Coordinators, EMS Coordinators, Law Enforcement Coordinators, Cape May County Public Works Coordinators, the R.A.C.E.S. / A.R.E.S Radio Groups, along with various Cape May County Departments, Utility Companies, Southern Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross, affiliated State of New Jersey agencies and the Cape May County Municipal Offices of Emergency Management are pre-positioned to respond to the potential disaster associated with Hurricane Irene; and

WHEREAS, the aforesaid laws authorize the promulgation of such orders, rules and regulations as are necessary to meet the various problems which have occurred or may occur due to such emergency, and

WHEREAS, it has been determined by the Cape May County Emergency Management Coordinator, with the concurrence of the Cape May Board of Chosen Freeholders, that the COUNTY OF CAPE MAY should then be declared a disaster area; and, further that certain measures must be taken in order to insure an orderly flow of traffic and to protect the persons and property of the residents affected by the conditions, and

WHEREAS, the following areas are designated as potential disaster areas:

The Borough of AVALON, the City of CAPE MAY, The Borough of CAPE MAY POINT, the Township of DENNIS, the Township of LOWER, the Township of MIDDLE, the City of NORTH WILDWOOD, the City of OCEAN CITY, the City of SEA ISLE CITY, the Borough of STONE HARBOR, the Township of UPPER, the Borough of WEST CAPE MAY, the Borough of WEST WILDWOOD, the City of WILDWOOD, the Borough of WILDWOOD CREST, and the Borough of WOODBINE.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Francis J. McCall, Emergency Management Coordinator for the County of Cape May, New Jersey, in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people of the State of New Jersey do hereby indicate that a State of Emergency exists and will continue to exist in Cape May County, and I hereby ORDER AND DIRECT the following:

    The COUNTY OF CAPE MAY and its municipalities are directed to activate their Emergency Operations Plans and all of the appropriate Annexes.  The COUNTY OF CAPE MAY and its respective Municipal Jurisdictions shall take any and all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of the residents and visitors within CAPE MAY COUNTY. The COUNTY OF CAPE MAY and its Municipal Jurisdictions shall ensure the safety of lives and property by initiating actions that will maintain the safety of life and the protection of property including; but, not limited to, normal precautions and specific actions as authorized by the governing bodies of the respective Coastal and Mainland Jurisdictions.

I authorize and direct the County and its Political Subdivisions, including but not limited to the duly appointed Municipal Emergency Management Coordinators, to activate all of those elements of their Emergency Operations Plans deemed necessary to safeguard the public security, health, and welfare, and to coordinate the recovery effort from this emergency with all governmental agencies, volunteer organizations, and the private sector.

 First Responder Staging Areas are established at the Woodbine Developmental Center and the Cape May County Airport.

State of New Jersey resources will be needed to assist, should an evacuation occur, to assist Cape May County residents, visitors and their pets as there will be thousands of homes, nursing homes and businesses requiring State and Local Governments and non-governmental agencies (such as the American Red Cross) to open shelters within and outside of Cape May County and assist in evacuations, traffic movement and road closures.

The New Jersey Department of Human Services, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, is pre-positioned to open a suitable number of shelters OUTSIDE OF Cape May County when requested by the NJ Office of Emergency Management.  I request that the NJ OEM make such a request immediately.

I authorize and empower the County and its Political Subdivisions, in accordance with N.J.S.A. App. A:9-33 et seq., through local law enforcement agencies,  to determine the control and direction of the flow of such vehicular traffic on any municipal or county road, including the right to detour, reroute, or divert any or all traffic and to prevent ingress or egress from any area that, in their discretion, is deemed necessary for the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the public, and to remove parked or abandoned vehicles from such roadways as conditions warrant.

I authorize and empower the County and its Political Sub Divisions to initiate the evacuation of all persons, except for those emergency and governmental personnel whose presence is deemed necessary, from any area where their continued presence would present a danger to their health, safety, or welfare because of the conditions created by this emergency. Mandatory Evacuation of Cape May County Barrier Island Communities is effective today, August, 25, 2011 for all visitors. Mandatory Evacuation of all residents of Cape May County will be on Friday, August 26, 2011 at 8:00 AM.

I authorize and empower the County  utilize all facilities owned, rented, operated, and maintained by the County of Cape May and request the State of New Jersey to house and shelter persons and their pets who may need to be evacuated from a residence, dwelling, building, structure, or vehicle during the course of this emergency.

I request that, through the New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management activate resources deemed necessary to address casualties resulting from these emergency conditions, including the State of New Jersey Mass Fatality and Mortuary Services Plan.

I direct that re-entry back into Cape May County will be authorized when conditions are deemed to be safe, the infrastructure rendered secure and all other such precautions have been enabled to keep our First Responders, residents and visitor safe.

    There shall be no through traffic traversing the aforesaid area(s) except for movement citizens to areas outside of Cape May County and the traversing of Police, Fire, EMS and any other such vehicles or as may be permitted by use or by authorized officials of the COUNTY OF CAPE MAY, the State of New Jersey and the respective affected Municipal Jurisdictions should conditions warrant the action.

    NEW JERSEY ARMY NATIONAL GUARD RESOURCES, under a separate cover, will be requested as their services will be necessary for EMS transports within Cape May County.

I authorize and empower the County, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 38A:2-4 and N.J.S.A. 38A:3-6.1, to request the order to active duty such members of the New Jersey National Guard who, in the Adjutant General's judgment, are necessary to provide aid to those localities where there is a threat or danger to the public health, safety, and welfare and to authorize the employment of any supporting vehicles, equipment, communications, or supplies as may be necessary to support the members so ordered.

In accordance with the N.J.S.A. App. A:9-34 and N.J.S.A. App. A:9-51, I reserve the right to request all available resources of the State government and of each and every political subdivision of  Cape May County, whether of persons, properties, or instrumentalities, and to utilize any personal services and any privately owned property necessary to protect against this emergency.

This Order, a Pre Event Disaster Emergency Proclamation, shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until such time as it is determined by me that an emergency no longer exists.

Cape May County Office of Emergency Management
Declaration of Emergency via EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION

        Francis J. McCall       
Francis J. McCall
Emergency Management Coordinator, County of Cape May  
        Ralph E. Sheets, Jr,
Ralph E. Sheets, Jr.
Freeholder Vice Director, County of Cape May   
Date: August 25, 2011        Time: 1400 hours

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