Communications and Response Services
DIVISION: Emergency Management
GENERAL PHONE NUMBER: (609) 588-2848
FAX NUMBER: (609) 584-4551
NJDEP Hotline: 1-877-WARN-DEP (1-877-927-6337)
The bureau provides a departmental focal point for the reporting, documenting and timely referral to all official environmental notifications (inquiries, complaints and emergency incidents). To effectively enhance accountable response and avoidance of duplicating public services, this is completed via telephone/radio network at a 24 hour a day centralized Communications Center, located at 1400 Negron Drive Hamilton Square, New Jersey 08691.
Services include the Departmental 24 hour Hotline/Phone1-877-WARN-DEP (1-877-927-6337) and Statewide Radio Network Services and Documentation and Referral of Environmental Incidents (case number assignments). An additional service provided is the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) License, Registration, Wants and Warrants (Lookups) from NJDEP police operations.
The bureau focuses on protecting the public and the environment by being the legally mandated focal point for all industry and citizen complaint notifications regarding environmental abuse including but not limited to discharges of hazardous materials/substances of both an emergent and non-emergent nature, within state boundaries 24 hours a day. The bureau expeditiously channels data and communications to and from various environmental organizations within the department, the New Jersey State Police, and municipal agencies. Furthermore, the bureau assists the public by first providing a mechanism in which complaints, notifications and emergencies can be logged and recorded, and then by providing necessary and immediate referrals. In addition the bureau provides verbal and/or written notifications to appropriate municipal, local health and CEHA agencies as required to comply with the Hazardous Substance Discharge Reports and Notices Act (A-310) and responds to emergency situations via phone and radio communications.
The bureau also represents the Office of Site Safety and Health, which provides eight hour refresher training, oversight and review of Site Safety Plans for the department. The Environmental Equipment Services Center supports the department with personal protective equipment and supplies for emergencies and routine site inspections. The center also stockpiles PPE for Avian Influenza for the state.
MONETARY ASSISTANCE PROVIDED: