Emergency Management

Welcome to the Office of Emergency Management


To lessen the effects of disaster on the lives and property of the residents of the Borough of Westville through leadership, coordination and support in the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

Emergency management is the process of preparing for, mitigating, responding to and recovering from an emergency. Emergency management is a dynamic process. Planning, though critical, is not the only component. Training, conducting drills, testing equipment and coordinating activities with the community are other important functions.

Emergency Management is divided into four (4) phases:

Mitigation activities are those that eliminate or reduce the probability of a disaster occurrence. Also included are those long-term activities that lessen the undesirable effects of unavoidable hazards. Some examples include the establishment of building codes, flood plan management, insurance, elevating buildings, and public education programs.

Preparedness activities serve to develop the response capabilities needed in the event of an emergency. Planning, exercising, training and developing public information programs and warning systems are among the activities conducted under this phase.

Response activities include direction and control, warning, evacuation and emergency services and are designed to address immediate and short-term effects of the onset of an emergency or disaster. They help to reduce casualties and damage and to speed recovery.

Recovery includes both short-term and long-term activities. Short-term operations seek to restore critical services to the community and provide for the basic needs of the public. Long-term recovery focuses on restoring the community to its normal or improved state of affairs. The recovery period is also an opportune time to institute mitigation measures, particularly those related to the recent emergency. Examples of recovery actions would be temporary housing and food, restoration of non-vital government services, and reconstruction of damaged areas.
The Borough of Westville is one (1) Square Mile with a population of approximately 4500. The Borough is the “Gateway to South Jersey” acts as a throughway to almost every major highway in the State of New Jersey. The Office of Emergency Management works in conjunction with the Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management, New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It operates under the direction of the Emergency Management Coordinator. The remainder of the Department consists of a Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator.



Plan & Prepare
Heat Related Information
Hurricanes and Tropical Storms
For Pets
Schools and Day Care
Business and Industry
Special Needs
Evacuation Routes
Winter Weather Threats
Oxygen Use Information

Lt. Michael Packer, Emergency Management Coordinator
Phone:  856-456-9444
Contact Lt. Packer

Steve Cope, Jr., Deputy Coordinator