Emergency Management


Our office protects against the impacts of natural and man-made emergencies and disaster on people, property, environment and economy in Summit through mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery efforts.

Communications Information

Effective emergency management and incident response activities rely on flexible communications and information systems.  

The City of Summit has established effective methods for emergency communications to residents and businesses.

SwiftReach Swift 911
SwiftReach Swift 9-1-1 provides emergency information by telephone, text, fax, and email about city-wide, high-priority events. Emergency notifications will be sent from 908-608-8051. Please add this number to your mobile phone contacts.

Nixle Alerts
The Summit Police Department issues Nixle alerts providing important, event-related information by telephone, email and text message, as well as through the Nixle website.

Union County First Alert
Union County helps keep residents informed about county-wide emergency events and update through its Union County First Alert service.

Social Media
The City of Summit utilizes Facebook and Twitter to keep residents informed about events and on-going items of interest. During an emergency, both Facebook and Twitter will be utilized to communicate as well. Nextdoor will be used to send out neighborhood-specific information to residents.

Nixle Information

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Emergency Management Plan

The City of Summit has developed an action plan to protect local citizens and property in the event of a natural disaster or emergency. It is an all-hazard plan and covers many emergencies, such as hurricanes and snow storms, and encompasses many similar situations but is also directed by the specific emergency at hand.

Emergency Relief for Union County Residents

Summit residents who were adversely affected by Tropical Storm Ida can apply for FEMA’s “Individuals and Households Program” at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. You can also apply over the phone at 800-621-3362 or by visiting a Disaster Recovery Center. The Union County Disaster Recovery Center is Elizabeth O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Community Center, 618 Salem Ave., Elizabeth 07208. It is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 8 – 5 p.m. Sunday

FEMA can help residents with housing assistance, medical expenses, child care expenses, transportation expenses, and other costs related to losses from the disaster. 

For more information, visit our FEMA Assistance Guide (English) or our FEMA Assistance Guide (Spanish)

Emergency Management Team

Staff Directory

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Important Contact Information

Summit Fire Department: (908) 277-1033

Summit Police Department: (908) 273-0051

Summit First Aid Squad: (908) 277-9479

Summit Red Cross: (908) 273-2076

Summit Department of Community Services: (908) 273-6404

City of Summit: (908) 277-9400

Summit Board of Education: (908) 918-2100

Summit Parking Services: (908) 522-5100

Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L): (908) 608-5000

PSE&G: 1-800-436-7734

NJ American Water: 1-800-272-1325

NJ Poison Info and Emergencies: 1-800-222-1222

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