Middlesex Office of Emergency Management

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Help Make Middlesex Ready

Disasters can happen at any time and the government may not be able to meet the needs of the community immediately, but there is something that community members can do about it.

The Office of Emergency Management’s responsibility is in the organization and management of resources for dealing with all aspects of emergencies, in particular mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Emergency management involves plans, structures and arrangements established to engage the normal endeavours of government, voluntary and private agencies in a comprehensive and coordinated way to respond to the whole spectrum of emergency needs.

We know that disaster preparedness works. We can take action now that will help protect our families, reduce the impact an emergency has on our lives, and deal with the chaos if an incident occurs near us. These actions are at the heart of what we do. Being prepared is best achieved by your participation in Community and Family Preparedness to better protect all in times of disaster. We are an ALL volunteer organization and in need of personnel to volunteer their services.

The Office of Emergency Management is involved in all major fire, chemical, police, and act of god incidents. It is our job to assist all emergency service organizations in a support function, as well as provide assistance as needed to the citizens of Middlesex. Other than disasters we are heavily involved in all community events. None of these operations could be accomplished without the dedicated volunteers associated with the Office of Emergency Management. It is their diligence and dedication as well as the other emergency service organizations, volunteer or paid, which make Middlesex Borough what it is.

The continuation of this organization depends on volunteers who are interested in helping their community. Training is free. If you are interested in volunteering your time and assisting our community, please leave a message at 732.356.7900 or contact a member of the Office of Emergency Management.

Disaster can strike at any time. We all have a personal responsibility to be ready. Help us preserve our future.

Barbara Benson

Teen CERT Coordinator

Phone: 732.609.3537
Email: certmiddlesex@yahoo.com

Jack Costa

OEM Director

Phone: 732.356.7900
Email: jcosta@middlesexboro-nj.gov

  • Teen CertTeen Cert

    CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is a National program established by the Citizen Corps and administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, within the Department of Homeland Security. CERT is organized on a local level by The Office of Emergency Management in the Borough of Middlesex, New Jersey.

    The CERT program is designed to educate individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. The training provides the basic skills for giving critical support to family, neighbors and their community following a disaster until Professional Responders, are available. CERT volunteers are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects. You will also see CERT members helping in non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.

    Our very active Teen CERT members attended Middlesex Borough Community Day and National Night Out. Teen CERT most recently presented, planned and implemented an educational and fun game for our young participants in which they identified things that are "safe" and" things that are "unsafe" at the Fall Festival. It was a huge success. CERT also supported Fire Prevention week by handing out fire prevention educational materials with a focus on children.

    If you are interested in finding out more on the program, please call 732 609 3537 or email certmiddlesex@yahoo.com

  • Middlesex Office of Emergency Management asks you to follow these simple steps to prevent Cybersecurity attacks because "Cybersecurity is a Shared Responsibility"

    Lock Down Your Login – Usernames and passwords are often not enough to protect important accounts like email, banking, and social media. Fortify your accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as multi-factor authentication for your online accounts and fingerprint identification and security keys to lock your mobile device.

    Keep a clean machine - Regularly update the software on your Internet-connected devices, including PCs, smartphones, and tablets, to reduce the risk of infection from malware.

    Treat personal information like money - Information about you, such as your purchase history and location, has value - just like money. has value - just like money. Protect your data by being cautious about how your information is collected by apps and websites.

    Own your online presence - Control and limit who can see your information online by checking the privacy and security settings on your accounts and apps. Anything you post publicly could potentially be seen by a cybercriminal, so keep your personal information private.

    Share with care - Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it, and how it could be perceived now and in the future.


  • Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment: Please Replace

    The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

    Recall date: November 2, 2017

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