The Berkeley Township Office of Emergency Management’s Coordinator is Chief Karin DiMichele. The Office of Emergency Management is also staffed with three Deputy Coordinators, Sergeant George Dohn, Officer Ronald Bondulich, and Officer Michael Tier.
The primary focus of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is to protect the lives of its citizens and their property through preparation in response to both natural and man-made disasters. This task is accomplished by conducting disaster threat analysis and risk mitigation.
Emergency Management is a community effort. During times of need the OEM calls upon their CERT team (Certified Emergency Response Team) which is composed of members of the community who receive advanced training in areas of shelter operation and assists in the search of missing persons.
While Berkeley Township is surrounded by beautiful natural surroundings such as the Pine Barrens, Barnegat Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean, they are all prone to natural disasters. In an effort to keep the township and its residents in a high state of readiness the Berkeley Township Office of Emergency Management will post alerts and precautions on this site.
When disaster strikes the Berkeley Township Office of Emergency Management is the central location for coordinating resources and response operations. Berkeley Township has many dedicated and effective internal assets such as Berkeley Township School District, Central Regional School District, Department of Public Works, Parks and Recreation, multiple township Fire Companies, Underwater Search and Rescue, Haz-Mat, multiple township First Aid Squads, and Police. Each of these assets performed with dedication and proficiency before, during, and after Superstorm Sandy.
The above listed assets are all Berkeley Township assets. A key to OEM is cultivating the community and additional resources in the event of major incidents. During Superstorm Sandy many township residents assisted by donating water, food, and clothing along with donating their time and energy at the various shelters and donation drop sites. Area businesses assisted greatly with the donation of food, supplies, and equipment. Our thanks goes out to all that assisted. Any business or individual who feel they could be of assistance is to contact Berkeley Township OEM at 732-341-1132 ext. 134.