Emergency Management


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 Department Information:

The Carteret Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in a mutual partnership with Police, Fire, EMS, and other Borough Departments and in coordination with federal, state, county, and other local municipalities work to prepare for and respond to any man-made or natural hazard that may jeopardize life and property. The Carteret Office of Emergency Management is responsible for overseeing the borough’s Emergency Operating Plan (EOP) as one of the four phases of emergency management; mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

  • Mitigation is the cornerstone of emergency management. It’s the continuing effort to lessen the impact disasters have on life and property. Mitigation is defined as “sustained action that reduces or eliminates long term risk to life and property from man-made or natural hazards and their effects.”
  • Preparedness takes the form of plans or procedures designed to save lives and to minimize damage when an emergency occurs. Planning, training, and disaster drills are the essential elements of preparedness. These activities ensure that when a disaster strikes, emergency managers will be able to provide the best response possible. Disasters are caused by high winds, floods, releases of deadly chemicals, fires, ice storms, earthquakes, as well as other man-made or natural hazards. When disaster strikes, the best protection is knowing what to do.
  • Response is defined as the actions taken to save lives and prevent further damage to property in a disaster or emergency situation. Response is putting preparedness plans into action. Response activities may include damage assessment, search and rescue, fire fighting, evacuation, and sheltering victims.
  • Recovery is defined as the actions taken to return the community to normal following a disaster. Repairing, replacing, or rebuilding property are examples of recovery.

Membership Information: Members of the public interested in joining this professional public safety agency may do so by printing and filling out our Membership Application and mailing it to Office of Emergency Management, Borough of Carteret, 183 Roosevelt Avenue Carteret, NJ 07008. You may also e-mail us at oem@carteret.net if you have any further questions.

Membership Requirements: Requirements for membership are 18 years of age or older, must be a US citizen, possess a valid NJ drivers license, live within 20 minutes of the Borough of Carteret, interview with OEM Officer Staff and pass a New Jersey State Police background check.


Staff Information:

Borough Coordinator:

Daniel Beasley

Chief Deputy Coordinators:

Greg Gadomski

Robert (Bob) Panazzolo



Captain – Michelina (Mickey) Smith

Lieutenant – Lisa Ciezza

Sergeant – Susan Prokopiak

Sergeant – Jerry Ondrick

Shelter & Evacuations:

Coordinator: Michelina (Mickey) Smith

Shelter Manager: Michelina (Mickey) Smith

Cadet Corps Advisors:

Lee Hall

John Hutchinson

Susan Prokopiak

Mickey Smith

Mitchell Smith

Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.):

Robert (Bob) Panazzolo – C.E.R.T. Coordinator

John Hutchinson – C.E.R.T. Operations Officer

Mitchell Smith – C.E.R.T. Operations Officer

OEM Staff Members:

Ken Coanshock, Paul Debenedetto, John Duma, Lee Hall, John Hutchinson, Clarence Prince, Patrick Prokopiak, Zenaida Quinones, Nirav Shah, Mitchell Smith

OEM Reserve Staff:

Amber Farrell, Carmine Fusco, Joseph Orosz, Wilson Santana, Dawn Sofranko, Ahmed Elsobky

CERT Members:

Ken Coanshock, John Duma, Jerry Ondrick, Bob Panazzolo, Mickey Smith, Rachel Smith

Borough Council Liaison:

Council Member – Vincent Bellino

Police Liaison:

Deputy Chief Dennis McFadden

Retired Membership:

Borough Coordinator John S. Wyatt

Chief Deputy Coordinator David Arsenault


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