Morris County Office of Emergency Management

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05/09/2021

The Morris County Office of Emergency Management would like to wish a very Happy Mother’s Day to all of the fabulous mothers out there!

Today is a day when we all take the time to recognize the hardest job of all... being a MOM!

Most importantly, we want to give a special shout out to all of the hardworking Moms that are part of our OEM/EMS team, those who work in our Morris County Communications Center, and those who serve in the emergency response and healthcare disciplines. Many of these women, who have dedicated their entire careers to serving the public, have been doing so tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic while also caring for a family at home. The job of a Mom is truly remarkable. Today, we get to take the time to acknowledge all of the special Moms out there and say THANK YOU, God Bless, and Happy Mother’s Day!

We're seeking highly qualified EMT’s and Paramedics to work on a progressive, regionalized BLS team in northern NJ!Do yo...
04/22/2021

We're seeking highly qualified EMT’s and Paramedics to work on a progressive, regionalized BLS team in northern NJ!

Do you think you have the knowledge and skillset we are looking for? Apply now at https://www.morriscountynj.gov/Jobs/Emergency-Medical-Technician-EMT-Paramedic.

You must have 2+ years of experience in 9-1-1 EMS response, hold a current NJ EMT-B or NJ Paramedic card, and have excellent customer service skills!

We're seeking highly qualified EMT’s and Paramedics to work on a progressive, regionalized BLS team in northern NJ!

Do you think you have the knowledge and skillset we are looking for? Apply now at https://www.morriscountynj.gov/Jobs/Emergency-Medical-Technician-EMT-Paramedic.

You must have 2+ years of experience in 9-1-1 EMS response, hold a current NJ EMT-B or NJ Paramedic card, and have excellent customer service skills!

From Director Jeff Paul, to the team at the Morris County Communications Center:Today is the first day of National Publi...
04/12/2021

From Director Jeff Paul, to the team at the Morris County Communications Center:

Today is the first day of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week (NPSTW), which is observed annually, the second week of April. This is a special time to recognize and celebrate the important work of our Morris County 911 team as well as your peers throughout the United States.

As many of you know, I started my career as a dispatcher for the Morristown Police Department and it was there that I learned how critically important the work of a dispatcher is to the overall safety of the community and to the men and women of law enforcement. I know the stress that each of you experience and I know what it feels like to finish a 12-hour day and in some cases longer, when you spent the entire shift dealing with crisis after crisis. Maybe you have been lucky enough to help deliver a baby or participate in an exciting and happy event, but we know that this is not the norm. 2020 was a year that we will never forget. The challenges that were placed upon each of you were unimaginable just more than a year ago. COVID-19 hit us in a way that none of us could have predicted. The death and illness that we all have experienced has been devastating. Each of you rose to the occasion and did what it took to manage every new and painful situation that you were presented with; and you’ve done it with dignity and professionalism.

There is no question that being a 911 Telecommunicator Operator is a demanding position. I can think of no better time than this week to reflect upon the great job that each of you do and the support that you've shown, not only to the Morris County Office of Emergency Management, but to all of the emergency response disciplines throughout Morris County and beyond. This week was founded to honor each of you who have dedicated your professional career to Public Safety. We know you are the heart and soul behind the scenes. We know you are truly the “first responder” and it is each of you that are making a difference in the lives of those whom you engage. Whether you are navigating a caller through an emotional crisis or providing life-saving medical aid instructions, you are an integral part of our professional response to serve the public and make a difference.

I thank each of you for being an extremely special part of the Morris County team and I could not be more honored to wish you all well during this special week as we celebrate YOU and your peers throughout National Public Telecommunications Week.

Respectfully,
Jeff

From Director Jeff Paul, to the team at the Morris County Communications Center:

Today is the first day of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week (NPSTW), which is observed annually, the second week of April. This is a special time to recognize and celebrate the important work of our Morris County 911 team as well as your peers throughout the United States.

As many of you know, I started my career as a dispatcher for the Morristown Police Department and it was there that I learned how critically important the work of a dispatcher is to the overall safety of the community and to the men and women of law enforcement. I know the stress that each of you experience and I know what it feels like to finish a 12-hour day and in some cases longer, when you spent the entire shift dealing with crisis after crisis. Maybe you have been lucky enough to help deliver a baby or participate in an exciting and happy event, but we know that this is not the norm. 2020 was a year that we will never forget. The challenges that were placed upon each of you were unimaginable just more than a year ago. COVID-19 hit us in a way that none of us could have predicted. The death and illness that we all have experienced has been devastating. Each of you rose to the occasion and did what it took to manage every new and painful situation that you were presented with; and you’ve done it with dignity and professionalism.

There is no question that being a 911 Telecommunicator Operator is a demanding position. I can think of no better time than this week to reflect upon the great job that each of you do and the support that you've shown, not only to the Morris County Office of Emergency Management, but to all of the emergency response disciplines throughout Morris County and beyond. This week was founded to honor each of you who have dedicated your professional career to Public Safety. We know you are the heart and soul behind the scenes. We know you are truly the “first responder” and it is each of you that are making a difference in the lives of those whom you engage. Whether you are navigating a caller through an emotional crisis or providing life-saving medical aid instructions, you are an integral part of our professional response to serve the public and make a difference.

I thank each of you for being an extremely special part of the Morris County team and I could not be more honored to wish you all well during this special week as we celebrate YOU and your peers throughout National Public Telecommunications Week.

Respectfully,
Jeff

A Morris County law enforcement couple are being praised for saving the life of a Montana skier while visiting Big Sky R...
03/19/2021
Montana Skier Rescued By Morris County Law Enforcement Couple

A Morris County law enforcement couple are being praised for saving the life of a Montana skier while visiting Big Sky Resort this week. The wife and husband team, Wharton Police Detective Richard Ornelas and Detective Sgt. Christina Kovacs of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, rescued the 19-year-old skier on Monday after finding her lying face down in the snow with a severe laceration to her upper left arm, an exposed bone and uncontrolled bleeding – all the result of her crashing into a metal bridge while navigating down the mountain. The couple had a multi-tool and trauma first aid kit with them. http://ow.ly/bfK550E3v51

Wharton Police Detective Richard Ornelas and Detective Sgt. Christina Kovacs of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office are being praised this week for saving the life of a Montana skier, who suffered a dangerous break and was found bleeding profusely from a lacerated arm after crashing into a metal br...

The Morris County Office of Emergency Management expresses our sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to the Irvingt...
03/09/2021
Morris County Offers Condolences on Death of Recruit

The Morris County Office of Emergency Management expresses our sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to the Irvington Fire Department, as well as the family and friends of Irvington Firefighter Recruit Victor Melillo, who passed away this morning at the Morristown Medical Center. Mr. Melillo, 21, collapsed at approximately 9:33am on Thursday, March 4th, during a training exercise in the parking lot of the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy. Several first responders were on scene, including EMT's, who quickly attended to Mr. Melillo. He was transported to the Morristown Medical Center by the Morris County Office of Emergency Management's Emergency Medical Services team, along with Paramedics from Atlantic Ambulance, where he remained in the Critical Care Unit.

Firefighter Recruit Melillo was a member of FMBA Local 14. Service arrangements are still being made, and will be announced at a later date.

The Morris County Board of County Commissioners and the staff at Morris County expressed condolences and their deepest sympathies today to the Irvington Fire Department and especially the family of Irvington firefighter recruit Victor Melillo, who died this morning at Morristown Medical Center.

02/19/2021

Due to weather/roadway conditions, Morris County Government Offices will have a delayed opening at 10 AM today, February 19th for non-essential employees.

02/18/2021

Due to weather, our offices are closed at NOON today for non-essential employees. Stay safe!

02/15/2021

MCOEM is currently monitoring the storm system which is expected to start later this afternoon/evening and continue into tomorrow, Tuesday, February 16th. At this time, the National Weather Service has issued an Ice Storm Warning and Hazardous Weather Outlook which remains in effect from 6 PM this evening until 10 AM tomorrow. The forecast data suggests that significant icing is expected. Based on the ice accumulations being forecasted, it is possible that we may experience power outages as well as tree damage, with the higher elevation areas in the County potentially experiencing more significant issues. Travel may be impacted. The main storm threat is expected to arrive this evening with more widespread impact developing overnight as the freezing rain continues. We have spoken with our partners at Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) and they have activated their internal storm procedures. We will remain in contact with them throughout the duration of this event.

Stay Safe!

02/08/2021

Good morning,

First and foremost, please join me in giving a BIG shout out to our Morris County Road crews who are also supported by our many contractors for the phenomenal (NON-STOP) job that they have all been doing. With no place to push the snow, it certainly has been challenging, but here in Morris County we all come together and GET IT DONE no matter what the challenge!

Now onto other news… and I do apologize for having to deliver this to all of you, and especially our road crews on a Monday morning, but yes, the Morris County Office of Emergency Management is now monitoring another weather event which is expected to greet us with some more snow on Tuesday, February 9th. The current forecast data suggests that we will have snow accumulation totals of 1.5 - 4.0” (location dependent) with the possibility that the snow can mix with sleet and freezing rain later in the morning. Unfortunately, this is not the only storm system that we are monitoring for this week.

We will take it one day at a time!
#TEAMMORRIS #WECANHANDLEIT

02/07/2021

Good morning and Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

The Morris County Office of Emergency Management continues to monitor the storm system in our area. The current data indicates that snow is expected to develop this morning and continue through this afternoon with potential accumulations of 2 – 5”.

It’s a great day to hang indoors and get ready for the 6:30PM kick off of the Super Bowl (Chiefs VS Buccaneers)! 🏈

Have a great day, enjoy the game & be safe!

02/06/2021

Good morning,

We hope this Saturday finds everyone well. The Morris County Office of Emergency Management continues to monitor the storm system that is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, Sunday, February 7th. At the time of this communication, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning which is in effect tomorrow, from 4 AM until 7 PM. The warning suggests that travel could be very difficult, particularly late Sunday morning and early Sunday afternoon .Total snow accumulations of 3-7” have been forecasted. The data suggests that we should be clear of the snowfall by the 6:30pm kick off of the Super Bowl (Chiefs & Buccaneers).

We will continue to monitor the Sunday storm and provide updates as it is determined to be necessary.

Have a great day and be safe!

02/01/2021

Due to weather conditions, Morris County offices will remain closed tomorrow, February 2, for non-essential employees. Please stay warm, and be careful!

01/31/2021

Due to weather conditions, Morris County offices will be closed tomorrow, February 1 for non-essential employees. Please stay warm and be careful!

01/31/2021

Good afternoon,

The current weather data suggests that snow is expected to begin this afternoon/evening and continue overnight through Tuesday. Snowfall amounts of at least 12" looks consistent across several models with ranges of 14-24" possible, dependent on location. Northeast winds of 10-15 mph may gust up to 30-35 mph Sunday night into Monday morning. Winds will increase during the day on Monday to 15-25 mph, with gusting up to 30-35 mph, with a few peak gusts up to 45 mph. This will likely last through midnight Monday. North-northeast winds of 10-18 mph with gusts up to 30 mph will remain possible overnight through the end of the storm Tuesday afternoon.

The Morris County OEM Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will remain open throughout the duration of the storm, and we will provide additional updates as needed.

Please remember to stay safe, stay warm, and stay HOME if it is possible for you to do so.

01/30/2021

Happy Saturday to ALL,

We hope this Saturday finds you well. The Morris County Office of Emergency Management continues to monitor the forecast data as it relates to the incoming Nor'easter.

At 9:27am this morning the National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Morris County with a Winter Storm Watch in effect from Sunday January 31, 2021 @ 6:00pm until February 2, 2021 @ 6:00am.

Forecast models released this morning still shows some discrepancy on the snow start time. Some of the overnight model guidance continues to show a late Sunday evening/early Monday morning snow start, while other models suggest a dawn Monday start. As we indicated yesterday, regardless of the specific start time, snow continues to be on the way with plow operations a guaranty.

We are seeing forecast models that suggest a 6-12” for most of New Jersey and models for Morris County that show 10-18”. Please keep in mind that a subtle change in the track of this storm may have a significant impact on the timing and snowfall totals listed. In addition, most models list a “uncertainty in snowfall forecast with a low confidence regarding where the heaviest snow amounts will fall.”

We will be monitoring the updated forecast data, with the plan to provide another update tomorrow. In the meantime, planning is KEY since we know that we will be impacted by the storm regardless of the ultimate snow totals. In addition to the snow, it is possible that we may experience peak wind gusts of 40-45 mph during the long duration event.

The Morris County Office of Emergency Management’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will remain virtually operational throughout the duration of the storm in support of our Morris County municipalities, first responders across all disciplines, and our healthcare partners.

Stay tuned for updates. In the meantime, please stay SAFE and WARM!

01/29/2021

Hi everyone,

We hope this Friday finds you well. While we all manage and deal with ongoing challenges, the Morris County Office of Emergency Management and the Morris County Communications 9-1-1 Center are now turning our attention to the arrival of the incoming Nor'easter. Some forecast models are showing a late Sunday evening/early Monday morning snow start, while other models suggest a dawn Monday start. Regardless, snow is on the way! As I’m sure you can all understand, it is still early and we cannot lock into a particular model at this point. We are still seeing weather forecast data that remains at a “low” confidence level. Plow operations are anticipated to be in full swing for the potential (6"+) that remains on the table at the time of this communication. This will likely change tomorrow morning as the storm system crosses the Rockies. At that time, we will reevaluate the data and issue an update.

The Morris County Office of Emergency Management’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will remain operational throughout the duration of the storm in support of our Morris County municipalities, first responders across all disciplines and our healthcare partners.

In the meantime, please stay SAFE and WARM!

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PO Box 900
Morristown, NJ
07963-0900

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Monday 08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:00 - 16:00
Friday 08:00 - 16:00

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(973) 829-8600

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