The development of the New York State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) is required under NYS Executive Law, Article 2-B. The plan is developed and maintained by the State OEM and agencies that comprise the NYS Disaster Preparedness Commission (DPC). The CEMP is contained in three distinct, but interconnected volumes.
State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan
Approved by FEMA December 17, 2018
The New York Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) serves as the lead State agency responsible for the maintenance and 5-year update of the State Hazard Mitigation Plan (SHMP) under the direction of the Disaster Preparedness Commission (DPC), which is comprised of the agencies that contribute to mitigation, response, and recovery in New York. While DHSES holds primary responsibility for coordinating and tracking the progress of mitigation actions, many programs and actions are administered by other federal, state, and local entities. Inter-organizational coordination is the key to developing a comprehensive State mitigation strategy designed to reduce the State’s overall risk and vulnerabilities.
As the severity and frequency of natural disasters increase, so does the devastation and exorbitant cost of recovery left in their wake. In recent years, national focus has taken a dramatic shift towards mitigation - sustained actions that reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. New York State recognizes that the time to act is before disaster strikes.
Current research shows that for every $1 spent on mitigation, an average $6 is saved. However, since the largest amount of federal mitigation dollars becomes available following a declared disaster, resulting actions taken are inevitably reactive instead of proactive. In New York, we believe that the solution to this is to devote greater resources to mitigation planning - both at the state and local level.
2019 New York State 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.
Please visit Mitigate NY, New York State's 2019 Hazard Mitigation Plan (2019 SHMP) and planning website. And please see the document below for State's Non-Natural Hazard Mitigation Annex.
Response and Short-Term Recovery Plan
The purpose of this document is to identify the State's overarching policies, authorities, and organizational structure which 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 serves as the basic foundational framework for the development of several hazard-specific and functional annexes.
CEMP Functional Annexes
The State CEMP is supplemented by a series of functional plans, including Emergency Support Functions, Functional Support Annexes, and Hazard-Specific Annexes. Please find these plans by clicking the button below.
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 implement at the county or local level.