[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Athens 4-19-2004 by L.L. No. 2-2004. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This local law supersedes former Ch. 15, Emergency Preparedness Plan, adopted 12-27-1993, as amended.
This chapter may be known and cited as the "Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan Law for the Town of Athens."
On occasion, disasters occur that threaten the public health, safety and lives of the citizens of the Town of Athens. It is necessary and desirable to ensure that all Town and local emergency agencies and personnel coordinate their efforts to efficiently provide emergency relief and disaster recovery aid.
This plan results from the recognition on the part of local government and state officials that a comprehensive plan is needed to enhance the Town's ability to manage emergency/disaster situations. It was prepared by Town of Athens Board-appointed Committee members, along with the Coordinator of Special Projects and the Town Deputy Supervisor, in coordination with the Greene County Emergency Preparedness Office, working as a team in a planning effort recommended by the New York State Emergency Management Office. This plan constitutes an integral part of a statewide emergency management program and contributes to its effectiveness. Authority to undertake this effort is provided by both Article 2-B of State Executive Law and the New York State Defense Emergency Act.
The development of this plan included an analysis of potential hazards that could affect the Town and an assessment of the capabilities existing in the Town to deal with potential problems.
Dealing with disasters is an ongoing and complex undertaking. Through implementation of risk reduction measures before a disaster or emergency occurs, timely and effective response during an actual occurrence, and provision of both short- and long-term recovery assistance after the occurrence of a disaster, lives can be saved and property damage minimized. This process is called "Comprehensive Emergency Management" to emphasize the interrelationship of activities, functions and expertise necessary to deal with emergencies. The plan contains three sections to deal separately with each part of this ongoing process.
Town departments' and agencies' emergency management responsibilities are outlined in this plan. Assignments are made within the framework of the present Town capability and existing organizational responsibilities. The Emergency Management Coordinator is designated to coordinate all emergency management activities of the Town.
The Town of Athens intends to use the Incident Command System (ICS) to respond to emergencies. ICS is a management tool for the command, control and coordination of resources and personnel in an emergency.
Town responsibilities are closely related to the responsibility of the county level of government to manage all phases of an emergency. The Town may be called to assist the other local governments in the county in the event that other towns/villages have fully committed their resources and are still unable to cope with any disaster. Greene County has the responsibility to assist the Town of Athens in the event the Town has fully committed its resources, and is still unable to cope with a disaster. Similarly, New York State is obligated to provide assistance to the county after resources have been exhausted and the county is unable to cope with the disaster.
The plan describes in detail the centralized direction of requests for assistance and the understanding that the governmental jurisdiction most affected by an emergency is required to involve itself prior to requesting assistance.
Specific emergency management guidance for situations requiring special knowledge, technical expertise, and resources may be addressed in separate annexes attached to the plan. Examples of this type of situation are emergencies resulting from hazardous chemical releases, flooding, fire, snow/ice storms, terrorism, and/or power.
The plan provides general all-hazards management guidance, using existing organizations, to allow the Town to meet its responsibilities before, during and after an emergency.
The Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, as filed with the Town Clerk, is hereby adopted.