OEM Coordinator: Tom Bykowski
Deputy Coordinator: Helene Dougan
Deputy Coordinator: John Ferguson
Domestic Preparedness Planner: Jim Zawistowski
OEM Operations: Michael Zushma
The Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management is committed to coordinating response activities and assistance in the County of Middlesex, New Jersey; to prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the effects of any emergency caused by natural, man-made or technological disasters or a national security crisis.
The Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management provides effective and professional assistance to other county departments and the twenty-five municipalities by aiding them in their planning for emergencies and by responding to incidents, consistent with the policies of the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management.
The Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management was officially enacted by resolution in the early 1950's with the name "Civil Defense". The Emergency Management Act of 1989, originally known as the Civil Defense Act of 1942, makes it possible to coordinate resources, manpower, equipment and financial assistance from state and federal agencies in the event of a local disaster.
The New Jersey State Office of Emergency Management issues guidelines for the development of county and municipal Emergency Operations Plans. Emergency Support Functions, ESFs are used in the county plan while annexes are used in the municipal plans. The ESFs and annexes cover continuity of operations and continuity of government for responsibilities such as police, fire, emergency medical, public works, shelters and resource management. These plans are reviewed and updated every four years.
Bureaus accept community volunteers to aid in emergency response and coordinated operations. Learn more about each bureau by following the links below:
For local DRCC response information:
Middlesex County Division of Addictions and Mental Health Planning / Mental Health Administration