RAMSEY OEM and it's Communications Group R.A.C.E.S. today, is concerned with man-made and natural disasters, typically as they impact the Borough of Ramsey and it's residents. We provide communication support for various public service events such as Ramsey Day, The Ramsey Run, Home for the Holidays as well as a myriad of County & State-wide public service events like various Cancer & Diabetes races and bike-a-thons, etc. In the past Ramsey OEM has been heavily involved with support and relief efforts during the WTC tragedy, disaster assessment during Hurricane Floyd, shelter ops following the disastrous Hackensack fire, and support post Hurricane Sandy.
The Ramsey Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was chartered in 1944, during WWII. In the ensuing 70 years, it has grown tremendously in response to the many different types of emergencies that could occur in the borough.
The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the Ramsey Municipal Building, is equipped with the latest communications equipment and computers to monitor any hazard, respond with Ramsey's other public safety agencies, and report any serious conditions to Ramsey's residents, the county, the state, and the federal government.
Ramsey's OEM staff is comprised of concerned citizens of all ages, students from middle school through college, Eagle Scouts, amateur radio operators (hams), Emergency Medical Technicians, Certified First Responders, and many law enforcement officers both active duty and retired.as several police departments in Bergen County.
The group is headed by Coordinator Ralph Venturini and Deputy Coordinators Bruce Greenwood, Sgt. Glen Karpovich (Ret.), and Sgt. Angelo LaManna. Steven Ahlstedt is the Operations Chief. The RACES/ARES group is headed by Lou Janicek N2CYY and the RADEF group is under the supervision of Wayne Lemme.
The RAMSEY OEM is always looking for new members. Members need not have any specialized skill only a desire to be of service to Ramsey and it's environs.
During emergencies, etc. OEM will activate the SwiftReach Community Reverse 911 system and notifiy our residents & businesses of the status of the condition that exists.
The Ramsey OEM meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on the lower level of the Municipal Building. Visitors are welcome and inquiries can be made by calling 201-825-3400 ext 420.