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In a move that aims to assist first responders in an emergency, under a new law just signed today by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, all public schools and nonpublic schools in the Garden State are required to submit critical incident mapping data to local law enforcement.

Under current law, public and non-public schools are already required to provide to local law enforcement authorities a copy of the current blueprints and maps of the schools, as well as to provide to law enforcement authorities revised copies any time there is a change to the blueprints or maps.

The new law upgrades the "blueprints and maps" requirements to "all critical incident mapping data".

This includes:

·        aerial images of schools;

·        floor plans, including room and suite numbers;

·        building access points;

·        locations of hazardous materials and utility shut-offs; and

·        any other relevant location information.

The law specifies that schools will need to provide this data in electronic or digital form.

Additionally, the mapping data provided pursuant to this bill will be required to be compatible with all platforms and applications used by local, State, and federal law enforcement authorities; provided in a printable format; and verified for accuracy through an annual walkthrough of school buildings and school grounds.

The bill, S2426 / A3835 was primarily sponsored by Assemblyman Gary Schaer, Joseph Lagana, Angelica Jimenez, and Annette Quijano, and co-sponsored by Assemblyman Edward Durr.

The new law will go into effect for next school year.

Governor Murphy also recently signed a bill into law that requires New Jersey shuls to annually prepare and maintain an emergency operations plan in coordination with the appropriate local emergency response agencies.

That bill was also sponsored by Assemblyman Gary Schaer.

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