The Planning Bureau facilitates the coordination of planning and preparedness efforts for the State of New Jersey. Work of the Bureau ensures all preparedness planning within the State is integrated locally and regionally and creates plans designed to address the full spectrum of hazards and emergencies to protect the citizens and critical infrastructure of New Jersey.
Duties of the Planning Bureau include providing technical planning assistance to a diverse group of partners, as well as performing in-depth gap analyses, risk assessments, and studies to identify opportunities for innovative planning within the State. The Bureau also supports operational response and recovery to events and disasters within New Jersey, when required.
The Bureau bolsters statewide preparedness and information sharing through active partnerships with both the public and private sectors. Team members also work closely with regional partners to increase catastrophic preparedness and encourage an integrated, comprehensive response to disasters.
The versatility of the Planning Bureau staff allows them to be dispatched to perform a variety of preparedness, response, and recovery operations.
The Planning and Project Management Bureau works in conjunction with the US Department of Homeland Security's Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program. In this Program, the Northern New Jersey Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) and the State of New Jersey have joined with the New York City UASI, the states of New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and the private sector to enhance regional catastrophic preparedness.
OHSP and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (OEM) helped develop projects utilizing the $27 million in funds awarded from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The goal is to achieve unity of purpose with all stakeholders to synchronize the sequence and scope of a regional operation for all responders during a catastrophe. The program centers on the highest risk urban areas in the four states, including the New Jersey UASI counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Passaic, and Union; and the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) counties of Hunterdon, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset and Sussex.
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In order to provide for the health, safety and welfare of its citizens, the State of New Jersey is engaged in planning efforts to build the capacity for a network of State-Supported Shelters (SSS) in the event of a large natural or human-caused disaster. These shelters were activated and utilized in response to Post Tropical Storm Sandy, and served as a crucial element in the multi-layered structure of the New Jersey sheltering system. More than 1,800 evacuees were provided shelter in joint and SSS shelters . This event provided invaluable experience for the State to continue in its planning efforts for the SSS, and PPM will continue to be engaged in working to address gaps discovered during the response to Sandy. Through these continued efforts, the State will be further prepared to once again activate the SSS when local, county or regional sheltering facilities are approaching capacity, or have been rendered inaccessible due to the nature of the event.