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Dean Raymond, OEM Coordinator

Phone: 609-799-8868 
Fax: 609-799-7067
Mail: 350 Lawrence Station Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Email:  draymond@mercercounty.org

 

The mission of the Office of Emergency Management is to protect life and property in emergencies. The Emergency Management Coordinator prepares detailed plans for response to natural and man-made disasters. The OEM also provides for the training of volunteers to be relied upon in fire and medical emergencies. The County OEM gets involved in any disaster that gets beyond the capabilities of the municipality to properly respond. The OEM is often activated whenever there are severe blizzards, floods, hurricanes, fires and chemical spills by coordinating the activities of the thirteen municipalities of the County. Assistance may also be obtained from the State OEM.

Pursuant to the plans, the County OEM brings the available resources to bear at the scene of emergencies. Several examples include the following: ambulances may be dispatched when there is a mass-casualty situation; transportation may be provided during a blizzard to assure essential personnel get to work (e.g., doctors taken to hospitals and correction officers taken to the Correction Center); plows may be dispatched to clear the road and escort emergency vehicles to their destinations; water buffaloes may be obtained to provide drinking water when the water system breaks down; boats may be obtained for evacuation during floods; and fire apparatus may be dispatched when a fire gets beyond the capability of the local municipality to get the fire under control with its own fire apparatus.

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