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Emergency Planning Tools

The NYS OEM Planning Section, in conjunction with the New York State Emergency Management Association (NYSEMA), develops tools to assist emergency managers and planners in formulating, developing and writing emergency plans

Empire Agency Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) - Sample Plan

Empire County Annex for Pandemic Influenza

This is a sample plan for Pandemic Influenza that may serve as a hazard-specific annex to a county Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) and build upon its process and structure in addressing Pandemic Influenza. 

Dam Safety Preparedness

Several fact sheets were created to guide both EAP planning and local government planning efforts respectively. These include tips and points in how to structure each respective plan, and specific information on the submission EAPs to the NYS Office of Emergency Management.

Mass Fatality Guidance Document

Other Tools

HAZNY (Hazards New York)

HAZNY is an automated hazard analysis program.  HAZNY asks questions concerning hazards that you face and, based upon your responses, rates and ranks each hazard. It includes guidance on organizing a team approach in conducting the hazard analysis.  Contact your OEM Regional Offices for more information.

Emergency Response Guidebook

The Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG2008) was developed jointly by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of Mexico (SCT) for use by firefighters, police, and other emergency services personnel who may be the first to arrive at the scene of a transportation incident involving a hazardous material. 

Hazard Mitigation / Risk Reduction

For more information on New York State mitigation programs, including mitigation planning, please visit NYS OEM's Mitigation Section.

Radiological Emergency Preparedness

State Emergency Response Commission

The State of New York uses E-Plan for accepting online submission of Tier II chemical inventory information.  This program is available for use by local government and industry at no cost.  For more information, see Tier II basic requirements in Programs under SERC.

NYS GIS Strategic Plan

The intent of this plan is to evaluate New York's statewide Geographic Information Systems (GIS) environment and establish strategies that will help encourage intergovernmental cooperation and coordination in maintaining the data layers most commonly needed. The overall aim is to improve GIS data quality, currency, and accessibility through data sharing. More Info

 

Federal

Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 8: National Preparedness

This directive is aimed at strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for the threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation, including acts of terrorism, cyber attacks, pandemics, and catastrophic natural disasters.

National Preparedness Goal

The National Preparedness Goal is the first deliverable required under Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 8: National Preparedness. The National Preparedness Goal sets the vision for preparedness nationwide and identifies the core capabilities and capability targets necessary to achieve that vision across the five mission areas: prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery.

Department of Homeland Security Publications

The publications listed on this page may include reports, plans, strategies, federal register notices, brochures, or newsletters. Examples include:

  • National Emergency Communication Plan
  • National Response Framework
  • Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources Support Annex
  • National Incident Management System
  • National Strategy for Homeland Security
  • Tactical Interoperable Communications Scorecards
  • National Preparedness Guidelines

National Infrastructure Protection Plan

Responders Knowledge Base (RKB)

The RKB provide emergency responders, purchasers, and planners with a trusted, integrated, online source of information on products, standards, certifications, grants, and other equipment-related information.

Target Capabilities List

The Target Capabilities List provides a guide to addressing the priorities and achieving the National Preparedness Guidelines.

NYS Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP)

The development of the New York State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) is required under NYS Executive Law, Article 2B. The plan is developed and maintained by the New York State Office of Emergency Management and agencies that comprise the NYS Disaster Preparedness Commission (DPC). The CEMP is contained in three distinct, but interconnected volumes.

These are:

  • Volume 1: The State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan: This portion of the CEMP addresses the State's overall hazard mitigation planning process, risk assessment, strategy development and plan implementation.  Having a FEMA-approved mitigation plan provides New York State and its communities access to the full range of post-disaster recovery programs and each of FEMA's five hazard mitigation programs to reduce the effect of similar events. It also allows New York State to identify ongoing mitigation opportunities and take maximum advantage of available Federal funding to implement mitigation measures at the State and local levels. The plan offers a source of natural hazard data and can serve as a guide in content and formatting as local plan writers prepare their own mitigation plans and develop local strategies.
  • Volume 2: Response and Short-Term Recovery: The purpose of this document is to identify the State's overarching policies, authorities and response organizational structure that will be implemented in any emergency or disaster situation that warrants a collective, multi-agency State response. This volume of the CEMP serves as the basic planning framework for the State's response, and includes the mechanisms to address short-term recovery from any hazard that could adversely affect the State. This volume also serves as the basic foundational framework for the development of several functional and hazard-specific annexes.
  • Volume 3: Long-Term Recovery Plan: This volume includes the provisions for implementing long-term recovery activities and functions, including mitigation, as provided for under the Federal Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and a variety of Federal-State programs. Volume 3 also recognizes the primacy of local governments in the implementation of long-term recovery plans and, depending on the nature and impact of the disaster, new programs that might be necessary to effectuate full recovery.

State Multi-Agency Functional Branch Annexes

The State CEMP is supplemented by a series of other operational plans, including several functional branch annexes. Each functional branch annexes identifies the individual and collective response activities of multiple state agencies in applying their collective resources to an emergency. The functional branch annexes are listed below.

  • Animal Protection Branch (APB) Annex: This annex outlines the approach to providing services to protect humans and animal populations from animal-borne disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and other emergencies. This annex is supported by detailed appendices for emerging infectious diseases in non-human populations and temporary emergency animal sheltering.
  • Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CI/KR) Branch Annex: This annex provides coordinated, short-term and focused assistance to facilitate the restoration of critical infrastructure. In addition, this annex provides the platform to continually monitor and report the operational status of critical infrastructure during emergency situations. This scope of this annex does not address transportation related concerns, which are addressed in the Transportation Infrastructure Branch (TIB) Annex.
  • Emergency Services Branch (ESB) Annex: This annex outlines the operational capabilities to support state and local emergency services activities and response efforts. The annex identifies the general concept of operations for proving state-level support to search and rescue efforts, emergency medical services, and overall support for hazardous materials incidents.
  • Law Enforcement and Security (LE&SB) Branch Annex: This annex outlines the state's approach to providing state law enforcement personnel and services in times of need. This plan includes multi-agency capabilities that can be applied to augment local law enforcement response activities across a broad range of hazards.
  • Public Health Functional Branch Annex: This annex outlines the state's approach to providing a unified public health response component across state and local response activities. The annex provides general concepts in applying a public health focus and operational support to an emergency, and describes the assignment of responsibilities for various public health functions.
  • Transportation Infrastructure Branch (TIB) Annex: The purpose of this annex is to provide prioritized, coordinated, temporary, and focused, strategic planning assistance and resources to restore transportation infrastructure. The TIB also supports awareness of the operational status of the State's transportation infrastructure during emergency situations or planned events, which may include the status of transportation infrastructure elements in adjacent states or provinces. The TIB annex is supported by a Transportation Coordination Appendix, which identifies headquarters-level support and oversight for managing closures on the NYS Thruway.
  • Human Service Branch (HSB) Annex: This annex outlines the state's mission and capabilities to support individuals including those at-risk, in time of need following a disaster. The annex includes a series of detailed appendices for - Sheltering, Feeding, Mental Health, Disaster Assistance Centers, Unmet Needs, and Housing. This annex is currently under a complete revision to improve alignment with the Emergency Support Function (ESF) format, and to incorporate After Action recommendations following the response to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Project completion is October, 2012.

Hazard-Specific and Functional Annexes

The State CEMP is also supplemented by additional emergency plans that are very narrow in their scope. These include several hazard-specific plans that address one individual hazard or risk, as well as other functional plans that can support response operations across a broad range of hazards. Several plans are currently under review. The completed annexes and their descriptions are listed below.

  • NYS Mass Fatality Annex: Several events have occurred in New York State that serves as a constant reminder of the challenges and sensitivities associated with fatality management. Over the last two years, State OEM Planning Staff and staff from the NYS Department of Health jointly spearheaded a planning effort to develop a State-level Mass Fatality Annex to the State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP). The planning team included representatives from numerous DPC agencies, as well as local government, health and hospital organizations, volunteer organizations, and the private sector. The annex is an all hazards, capabilities-based plan that leverages the wealth of resources and support from multiple DPC agencies and identifies the linkages into the Federal response system. The Annex will serve as the state's operating plan for all incidents in New York State that require state-level mass fatality support.
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases in Non-Human Populations (EIDNHP) Appendix 1: This appendix to the Animal Protection Annex applies to diseases that impact the agricultural community or portions thereof, when local and State capabilities are exceeded and Federal assistance is necessary. This document reflects the potential for an animal-borne disease to impact public health and identifies key mechanisms to facilitate an efficient, coordinated response to such emergencies.

NYS Homeland Security Strategy

The New York State Homeland Security Strategy provides a comprehensive framework to guide, organize and unify homeland security efforts in New York State, including strategic planning and the investment of federal homeland security grants and other applicable local, State or federal funding sources.