Manchester Township Emergency Management coordinates the emergency response activities of the municipal and volunteer entities to ensure protection of Life and Property in extreme emergencies. This Office is also tasked with planning on all hazards that may approach to include, but not limited to Natural, Manmade, Technological Disasters, as well as National Security Crises.

As a profession Emergency Managers are trained in a wide variety of disciplines that support them throughout the emergency life cycle. Training is provided by local, state, federal and private organizations and ranges from public information and media relations to high-level incident command and tactical skills such as studying a terrorist bombing site or controlling an emergency scene.

Manchester Emergency Notification System

The Manchester Emergency Management Office in conjunction with the Manchester Police Division are in the process of updating information in the Township’s Emergency Notification System.

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Emergency Management must be:

1. Comprehensive – emergency managers consider and take into account all hazards, all phases, all stakeholders and all impacts relevant to disasters.

2. Progressive – emergency managers anticipate future disasters and take preventive and preparatory measures to build disaster-resistant and disaster-resilient communities.

3. Risk-drive – emergency managers use sound risk management and principles (hazard identification, risk-analysis, and impact analysis) in assigning priorities and resources.

4. Integrated – emergency managers ensure unity of effort among all levels of government and all elements of a community.

5. Collaborative – emergency managers ensure unity of effort among all levels of government and all elements of a community.

6. Coordinated – emergency managers synchronize the activities of all relevant stakeholders to achieve a common purpose.

7. Flexible – emergency managers use creative and innovative approaches in solving disaster challenges.

8. Professional – emergency managers value a science and knowledge-based approach; based on education, training, experience, ethical practice, public stewardship and continuous improvement.

The Manchester Township Office of Emergency Management is responsible for maintaining and updating the Township’s Emergency Operations Plan. This plan is comprehensive all hazards plan that is continuously updated accordingly as changes arise.

The plan consists of the following elements:

  • Alert Warning and Notification
  • Animal Care
  • Damage Assessment
  • Emergency Medical
  • Emergency Operating Center
  • Emergency Public Information
  • Evacuation
  • Fire and Rescue
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Health
  • Public Works
  • Radiological Protection
  • Resource Management
  • School Annex
  • Shelter, Reception and Care
  • Social Services
  • Terrorism

This plan is submitted to the Ocean County Office of Emergency Management every four (4) years for review and then passed on to the New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management for final approval.


1. Family disaster kit to take with you in the event you have to evacuate your home

2. Copies of all important documents that should be in the disaster kit

3. A list of medications for you and your family, and your pets as well

4. Identification with you so when you arrive at a shelter they will know who you are

5. Cash on hand in the event the power will be out for a few days or longer

6. A full tank of gas in your vehicle in the event you have to evacuate

7. Know your emergency evacuation route ahead of time. During the disaster is not the time to attempt to get familiar with the route.

8. Phone numbers of family or friends out of the area you can keep in contact with


Beneficial WEB Sites Concerning Emergency Management and Emergency Preparedness

Federal Emergency Management

New Jersey State Police Emergency Management

Ocean County Office of Emergency Management

American Red Cross Disaster Services

Citizen Corps


Emergency Management Coordinator

Sgt. Robert Sharry
732-657-2009 ext. 4901