WAYNE, NJ – Wayne’s Office of Emergency Management Coordinator, Detective Captain Dan Daly joined Mayor Vergano in the daily coronavirus update to discuss his office’s role in Wayne’s management of the COVID-19 health crisis.

After acknowledging the Township’s leaders who help in daily decision-making, Daly said: “Today I'm going to give you an overview of how Emergency Management applies in a disaster situation and the steps that the Township is taking to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.”  Daly talked about usual emergencies such as crimes, house fires and car accidents, then added: “When a disaster strikes, such as this pandemic, it can quickly overwhelm the normal functions of our first responders and that is when Emergency Management is needed to coordinate the overall response.”

Daly’s duties keep him in regular contact with:

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  • Township agencies, including Township Administration, Health Department, Police, Fire and First-Aid
  • Wayne Township Schools
  • Passaic County Administrator
  • Passaic County Health Department
  • Passaic County Sheriff’s Department
  • Passaic County Office of Emergency Management
  • NJ State Office of Emergency Management
  • Governor Murphy’s Office
  • William Paterson University
  • New Jersey State Police

…”To Name a few,” said Daly.

“Now that COVID-19 is upon us and spreading through our community, we are well into the response phase of Emergency Management,” said Daly. “It is the job of OEM to synchronize the activities of all relevant stakeholders to achieve a common purpose. In disaster response, decisions and actions are aimed at: Limiting the loss of life such as by enforcing social distance orders; Limiting damage and disruption to the community by keeping essential businesses open and local government working; And, coordinating, organizing and supporting the overall response effort.”

Daly discussed all the aspects to which his office works every day and clearly his job is a big one.  His entire video is worth watching.  The link is at the end of this article.

“America is a powerful nation and Wayne is a strong community,” he said, in conclusion. “This will pass someday. We will eventually need to get back to work and school and recover and bring a sense of normalcy to life again. Do your best to remain calm, stay positive and engage in healthy and productive habits. There are surely difficulties ahead, but we will get this through this together.”

When Mayor Chris Vergano came back to the podium he said: “I can report that we had an additional twenty-five positive results and the cumulative positive number is now at 169.”  He also noted that there are now five Wayne residents being treated in local hospitals.








The Mayor made his usual pleas to not congregate together, to not throw disposable gloves on the grounds and that the garbage and recycling pickups are happening as normal.

“As we see the numbers climb even more today, it should be a wakeup call to all of us to stay safe, to stay away from each other and wash our hands,” said Vergano.

To watch the entire video, click here: https://www.waynetownship.com/message-from-the-mayor.html


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