Emergency Management

Clifton's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) represents our local participation in our nations official emergency management structure:

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


Implement an Emergency Plan and Direct Response.

Coordination of City Resources with City Chiefs/Department Heads

  • Agencies - Red Cross
  • County - OEM, HAZMAT, Health
  • Federal - FEMA, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Coast Guard
  • Municipal - Neighboring Communities
  • State - New Jersey OEM, NJSP, New Jersey Department of Health

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.

  • Board of Education
  • Building
  • Citizen Volunteers
  • City Council
  • Communications Team - FCC Licensed Amateur Radio Operations
  • Department of Public Works
  • Engineering
  • Fire
  • Health
  • Police

How the OEM Achieves Its 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 an 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