Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

Mission & Purpose


Our Mission is to provide effective and professional assistance to other city departments, the East Orange School District, Hospitals and private sector by aiding them in their planning and preparation for emergencies and by responding to incidents, consistent with the policies of the City of East Orange, Essex County Office of Emergency Management and the New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management.

The East Orange Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinates the plans and operations of the various components of the emergency operations plan:
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers
  • Emergency medical service
  • Emergency warning system
  • Fire
  • Police
  • Public health
  • Public information
  • Public works
  • And many other groups who assist during emergencies

Additional Services


OEM also:
  • Responds to emergencies
  • Supports community events
  • Investigates complaints
  • Provides technical assistance and support to agencies and citizens
We host CPR, Basic First Aid, Response to Terrorism and Incident Management classes for public workers and community volunteers.

Community Involvement


East Orange OEM has an active Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and is actively seeking volunteers.

The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is comprised of representatives of:
  • American Red Cross
  • Department heads
  • East Orange General Hospital
  • Local government elected officials
  • Local school system
  • Salvation Army
  • Various private companies
The LEPC meets several times a year and as needed in case of emergencies.