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Teaneck Seeks Volunteers for Emergencies

Free training offered by the Red Cross.

Teaneck's Office of Emergency Management is looking for volunteers to help officials setup the Rodda Center as a "temporary transition facility" during emergencies. 

The center will be used as a warming and cooling center, and facility to meet the needs of township residents impacted by emergency incidents, according to a township press release. 

Food and lodging are not currently planned at the Rodda Center, the release said. 

Volunteers will support town officials in running the facility, but not be asked to enter emergency scenes or work on hazardous assignments. 

The Red Cross will provide training for volunteers at no cost and applicants will be subject to a background check, the town said. 

Anyone interested in volunteering during emergencies can contact Township Human Resources Director Dean Kazinci at DKazinci@teanecknj.gov or 201-837-1600 ext 1651. 

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Art Vatsky January 30, 2013 at 08:28 AM
Uh-Oh, I checked the Municipal Directory and there is still no Office of Emergency Management listing nor is there an identified person who is the Emergency Manager. All that is listed under Emergencies is "9-1-1". It must probably be the Municipal Manager or is it our Police or Fire Chief? I thought it was Larry Robertson. Whoever it is should be directly identified. The best time to talk to the Emergency Manager is when there is no emergency. Give us a name and phone number please.
zizi January 31, 2013 at 12:08 AM
They need to hire people to assist the MANGER who works 4 days a week and drives in a town provided car when he does..... and they want people to volunteer for a thing like emergency management? This is really a messed up town...... only in Teaneck.... only here
Tom Abbott January 31, 2013 at 05:45 AM
According to the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management website - http://www.bcoem.org/ - and checking under Towns OEM the Emergency Management Coordinator is Chief Robert Montgomery.
Art Vatsky January 31, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Tom: I believe that listing is outdated. My recollection is that Chief Montgomery retired a few years ago. Having to go to the County website for this information is another example that we can't depend on Teaneck information. Either the Council or the Manager should officially designate, loudly and clearly, who Emergency Management Coodinator currently is.
zizi January 31, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Art: The manager needs assistance in providing that information (he only works 4 days a week). He will first have to hire a full time employee to answers questions like these..... Please don't ask them...... it is not like you will get an answer.....

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