NYS Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP)

Hazard Mitigation, Response, Long-Term Recovery
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 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

2023 State Hazard Mitigation Plan - MitigateNY -

Approved by FEMA December 14, 2023

The New York Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) serves as the lead State agency responsible for the maintenance and regulatory 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.

Interorganizational coordination was the key to developing a comprehensive state mitigation plan designed to reduce the state’s overall risk and vulnerabilities, and to support locals to do the same. During the 2023 plan update, representatives from 33 federal and State agencies, as well as several academic institutions and non-profit organizations, were consulted and convened to provide subject matter expertise, review, and feedback of the plan content.

Hazard Mitigation Plans aim to reduce the loss of life and property to natural hazards, and must account for climate change to effectively do so. To mitigate climate change-affected hazards both now and in the future, local planners must be aware of localized climate projections, the varied impacts that climate change can have, especially on vulnerable populations, and the policies, programs, tools, and funding sources available to reduce their harm. Climate change is presented and incorporated throughout this plan, following best practices from NY state agencies, authoritative scientific institutions, academia, FEMA, and other states leading the fight against climate change. New York’s State Hazard Mitigation Plan (SHMP) strives to highlight and follow the example of New York’s nation-leading efforts to fight climate change, adapt to its impacts, and center equity and environmental justice.

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 $6-13 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. New York is committed to supporting continued and enhanced planning at the state and local level.  

In addition to the broad research and documentation of mitigation needs, efforts, and achievements across the state, 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, formatting, and engagement facilitation as local plan writers prepare their own mitigation plans and develop local strategies.

Please visit MitigateNY, New York State's hazard mitigation planning platform and home for the 2023 New York State Hazard Mitigation Plan. 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.

Cemp Supporting ANNEXES


    Response and Short-Term Recovery

    Volume 2:  Identifying 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.



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.