Governor Christie Signs Executive Order Declaring Weather State of Emergency

Order Takes Proactive Steps to Better Prepare State, County and Local Governments for Potential Significant Flooding


Trenton, NJ – Governor Chris Christie today signed Executive Order No. 57, declaring a state of emergency in anticipation of severe weather conditions throughout the state including heavy rains, high winds, and flooding.  The storm is expected to produce major flooding on the Ramapo, Passaic, Delaware, and Raritan Rivers, with the possibility of record floods.

"My first responsibility as the Governor of New Jersey is protecting the health, safety and welfare of our residents," Governor Christie said. "With this order, we are taking proactive steps to ensure that state, local and county governments have every tool at their disposal in their response efforts, and are best positioned to marshal the resources necessary to assist and protect residents through anticipated flooding."
The Executive Order activates elements of the State Emergency Operations Plan, broadening powers of the New Jersey State Police including traffic control, limiting access and egress from impacted areas and issuing evacuation orders if needed.  The Order also authorizes the Adjutant General to mobilize and deploy members of the New Jersey National Guard and provide equipment in support of the Emergency Operations Plan.

As provided by the Executive Order, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management will mobilize and deploy resources beginning immediately to prepare for and respond to the storm conditions, including resources of the New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and New Jersey Department of Transportation, in coordination with county and municipal emergency management officials in impacted areas throughout the state.

A copy of the Executive Order No. 57 [pdf 22kB]

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