STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION FOR THE BOROUGH

State of Emergency Document - Printable copy with signatures

BOROUGH OF HADDONFIELD
STATE OF EMERGENCY
MARCH 17, 2020

TO ALL RESIDENTS AND PERSONS WITHIN THE BOROUGH OF HADDONFIELD, NEW JERSEY AND ALL DEPARTMENTS OF THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT OF THE BOROUGH OF HADDONFIELD

EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION TO ALL RESIDENTS AND PERSONS
WITHIN THE BOROUGH OF HADDONFIELD 

The Haddonfield Borough Office of Emergency Management has declared a local State of Emergency to assist in instituting and enforcing measures that may be required for the containment of COVID-19.  The Haddonfield Board of Commissioners endorse and support this State of Emergency.

WHEREAS, pursuant to the powers vested by Chapter 251 of the Laws of 1942 as amended and supplemented, N.J.S.A. App. A: 9-30 et seq.,, and NJSA 40:48-1(6) and ordinances enacted pursuant thereto; NJSA 2C:33-1et seq. and by ordinance adopted by the Borough of Haddonfield, the Borough of Haddonfield Emergency Management Coordinator is responsible for the development, coordination, and activation of emergency management plans and for the activation of such emergency management facilities and services as are available from the resources of the Borough government in the event of emergencies; and 

WHEREAS, whenever, in the opinion of the Emergency Management Coordinator, a disaster has occurred or is imminent in any municipality, the municipal emergency management coordinator of that municipality shall proclaim a state of local disaster emergency within the municipality; and 

WHEREAS, the municipal emergency management coordinator, in accordance with regulations promulgated by the State Director of Emergency Management, shall be empowered to issue and enforce such orders as may be necessary to implement and carry out emergency management operations and to protect the health, safety, welfare, property and resources of the residents of the municipality; and 

WHEREAS, Coronavirus disease 2019 ("COVID-19") is a contagious, and at times fatal, respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus; and 

WHEREAS, COVID-19 is responsible for the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, which was first identified in Wuhan, the People's Republic of China in December 2019 and quickly spread to the Hubei Province and multiple other countries; and 

WHEREAS, on January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a "public health emergency of international concern," which means "an extraordinary event which is determined to constitute a public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease and to potentially require a coordinated international response," and thereafter raised its global risk assessment of COVID-19 from "high" to “very high;” and 

WHEREAS, on January 31, 2020, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary declared a public health emergency for the United States to aid the nation's healthcare community in responding to COVID-19; and 

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, the Governor of the State of New Jersey declared a State of Emergency for the entire State of New Jersey; and 

WHEREAS, the CDC expects that additional cases of COVID-19 in the United States will continue to rise; and

WHEREAS, social mitigation strategies for combatting COVID-19 require every effort to reduce the rate of community spread of the disease, including social distancing practices; and

WHEREAS, the aforesaid conditions constitute an imminent hazard that threatens and presently endangers the health, safety, and resources of the residents of the Borough; and 

WHEREAS, the aforesaid laws authorize the promulgation of such orders, rules and regulations as are necessary to meet the various threats caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic; and, 

WHEREAS, pursuant to the powers established in Chapter 251 of the Laws of 1942, as amended and supplemented, and codified at N.J.S.A. App. A: 9-30 et seq., I proclaim, with the concurrence of the Borough Administrator and the Chief of Police, that the entirety of the Borough of Haddonfield should and is hereby declared to be in a state of emergency, and as such I order that certain measures must be taken in order to maintain the orderly conduct of the Borough, and to protect persons and property. 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Linda Harrington, Emergency Management Coordinator for the Borough of Haddonfield, in the County of Camden, New Jersey, in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people of the Borough of Haddonfield do hereby indicate that a State of Emergency exists and will continue to exist in the Borough of Haddonfield, and I hereby DECLARE and PROCLAIM that a Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency exist in the Borough of Haddonfield, in the County of Camden, New Jersey; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED in accordance with the Borough Emergency Operations Plan, and by reason of the Borough of Haddonfield providing services to the Borough of Tavistock, that this Declaration shall be read in conjunction with an Emergency Declaration by the Borough of Tavistock; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED in accordance with the aforesaid laws, it is promulgated and declared that the following regulations shall be implemented, in addition to all other laws of the State of New Jersey and the Borough of Haddonfield: 

  1. I authorize and direct the Borough and its Departments, Divisions, Boards and Commissions to activate all of those elements of their Emergency Operations Plans deemed necessary to safeguard the public security, health, and welfare, and to coordinate the recovery effort from this emergency with all governmental agencies, volunteer organizations, and the private sector. 
  2. I authorize and empower, in accordance with the New Jersey Civilian Defense and Disaster Control Act, N.J.S.A. App.A:9-33 et seq., as amended and supplemented, the Haddonfield Police Department, to determine the control and direction of the flow of such vehicular traffic on any municipal or county road, including the right to detour, reroute, or divert any or all traffic and to prevent ingress or egress from any area that, in their discretion, is deemed necessary for the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the public, and to remove parked or abandoned vehicles from such roadways as conditions warrant. 
  3. I authorize and empower, in accordance with the New Jersey Civilian Defense and Disaster Control Act, N.J.S.A. App.A:9-33 et seq., as amended and supplemented, the Haddonfield Police Department, to determine the control and direction of pedestrian and bicycle traffic on any municipal or county road, as well as any public right of way, recreational area, business district and/or facility within the Borough limits, including the right to disperse and dispel crowds, detour, reroute, or divert any or all persons and domestic animals, and to prevent ingress or egress from any area that, in their discretion, is deemed necessary for the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the public. 
  4. I authorize the Department of Public Works to take precautionary measures to restrict the use of public facilities and implement controls at all recreational areas, including parks, playgrounds, fields and courts within the Borough limits, in order to prevent contamination of such facilities, as deemed necessary for the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
  5. I authorize the Administrator to hire employees and/or contractors to address the municipality’s needs during the emergency.
  6. I authorize the Administrator to implement the technology necessary to host public meetings online (i.e.: “livestream”) while the building remains closed to the general public.
  7. I authorize the Administrator to waive, suspend, or modify any existing policy, rule, employment contract, or other instrument where the enforcement of same would be detrimental to the public welfare, notwithstanding any law to the contrary, for the duration of this emergency.
  8. This order shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until such time as it is determined by the Board of Commissioners and Emergency Management Coordinator that an emergency no longer exists.