Office of Emergency Management
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The Planning Section provides technical planning assistance to State and local agencies and organizations in the development and maintenance of a wide variety of disaster preparedness and emergency response plans.

Planning Responsibilities

Steady State

During Steady State Operations, the Planning Section is responsible for:

  • Developing, updating, maintaining, and posting the State’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) and Annexes;
  • Providing technical assistance and review of all local and State-level plans;
  • Providing receipt of submission of LEPC membership and chemical inventory notification; 
  • Providing oversight to the SERC working group and local emergency planning committee for compliance with SARA Title III; and,
  • Maintaining the State’s emergency management accreditation under the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP).

Emergency Response Activation

During Emergency Response Activations, the Planning Section transitions into State Emergency Operations Center management and support. 

NYS Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan
Volume 1: The State Multi-Hazard Mitigation

This portion of the CEMP addresses the State's overall hazard mitigation planning process, risk assessment, strategy development, and plan implementation. 

Volume 2: Response and Short 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. 

Volume 3: Long-Term Recovery

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. 

County Emergency Preparedness Assessment
The County Emergency Preparedness Assessment (CEPA) is an initiative to better understand local emergency preparedness in a more systematic way in New York State. DHSES worked with the local first responder community to develop CEPA and its methodology. DHSES continues to streamline the approach based on stakeholder feedback. The current iteration of CEPA is flexible, intuitive, and user friendly, and builds upon each County’s previous CEPA sessions.

State Emergency Response Commission Helping Communities Plan for Chemical Emergencies

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