Village of Castleton-on-Hudson, NY
Rensselaer County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson 5-11-1992. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Attachment 1 - Appendix D, General Emergency Contingency Plan Attachment 2 - Appendix E, Evacuation Plan
A. 
This emergency plan provides for the mobilization of all resources available within the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson which may be required to deal with a range of possible emergencies, including fires, medical emergencies, floods, hazardous materials spills and other natural and man-made disasters. It further provides for the utilization of resources from outside of the Village, primarily those resources available elsewhere within the county, but also those available at the state and federal level.
B. 
This plan provides standard operating procedures for Village officials and lists available resources, including fire, EMS, police, highway/public works, utilities and Social Services/Red Cross.
A. 
Emergencies occur in a variety of forms and vary widely in severity. This plan defines an emergency as any event requiring the immediate response of fire, EMS, police, highway/public works, utilities or Social Services/Red Cross.
B. 
This plan divides emergencies into three levels of severity, and provides for a level of response which is proportional to the severity of the incident.
(1) 
Level one incidents. Level one incidents are routine emergencies which occur on a daily basis and require a minimal response from emergency personnel. Such incidents typically require only one or two fire companies or EMS units and can be resolved in a relatively short time using Village resources.
(2) 
Level two incidents. Level two incidents are incidents which require resources beyond that available within the Village. Examples of such incidents are large fires requiring several fire departments or medical emergencies requiring several ambulances.
(3) 
Level three incidents. Level three incidents are large incidents which require massive response from emergency services and often involve state or even federal agencies. These incidents often result in the declaration of a state of emergency by the local chief executive.
A. 
Positions of authority and line of succession.
[Amended 10-27-1997 by L.L. No. 6-1997]
(1) 
The Chief Executive of the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson is the Mayor. If the Chief Executive is unavailable, his/her duties will be assumed by individuals in the order as established by the Village.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The listing of the order of officials is on file in the Village offices.
(2) 
The Chief Officers of agencies with emergency response or support functions are:
(a) 
The Chief of the Castleton Fire Department.
(b) 
The Captain of the Castleton Volunteer Ambulance.
(c) 
The Chief of the Schodack Police Department.
(d) 
The Superintendent of the Castleton Department of Public Works.
(3) 
Each of the above Chief Officers will establish a chain of command within their organization and shall have the authority to use the resources of their organization to mitigate the effects of the emergency situation.
B. 
Command post/Emergency Operations Center. The Emergency Operations Center for the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson shall be located at: 11 Green Avenue, Castleton-on-Hudson, New York.[2]
(1) 
Telephone number: 911.
(2) 
Emergency operations centers shall meet the following criteria for facilities and equipment. Available facilities shall include emergency power, kitchen facilities and bathrooms. Minimum communications equipment shall include telephone and a fixed base radio operating on at least one county-wide emergency frequency (fire, EMS or sheriff).[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection C, Communications systems, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
C. 
Alerting/warning. Village officials shall be contacted as follows:
(1) 
Call Village office during business hours.
(2) 
Contact officials directly at work or at home or by mobile.[4],[5]
[4]
Editor's Note: The list of officials and their phone numbers is on file in the Village offices.
[5]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
A. 
Level one incidents.
(1) 
Level one incidents do not normally require involvement by Village officials. Emergency and support services have sufficient authority to respond to such incidents without notification to local government.
(2) 
Response procedures for level one incidents are to be found in the day-to-day operational procedures of emergency and support services.
B. 
Level two incidents.
(1) 
Level two incidents may or may not directly involve Village officials. Circumstances under which Village officials are to be notified that an incident is in progress are as follows: major fires; multiple dwellings on Main Street; fully involved fires at major structures (rest homes/convent, elementary school, senior citizens' apartments, etc.); major water main breaks; mass casualty incidents.
(2) 
Response procedures for level two incidents are found in the County Hazard Mitigation Plan, utility contingency plans and similar documents. Level two incidents do not normally require the activation of the local Emergency Operations Center, and Village officials would confer with emergency and support services chiefs at the Incident Command Post.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
C. 
Level three incidents. Level three incidents will be reported to Village officials as soon as is practical. Notification will be the responsibility of the Incident Commander, in the case of a localized incident, and will be made by the county in the case of a widespread incident. Level three incidents often benefit from the activation of an Emergency Operations Center. The Village Emergency Operations Center may be activated upon order of the local Chief Executive or the Incident Commander. Staff at the EOC, which will include representatives of emergency and support services, will manage the incident and maintain contact with county and higher level governmental agencies. See Appendix D, General Incident Contingency Plan, for additional information on EOC activation.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Appendix D is included as an attachment to this chapter.
D. 
Declaration of a state of emergency. The local Chief Executive may, at his/her discretion, declare a state of emergency under Executive Law 2B (see Appendix H).[3] A state of emergency will be declared whenever an emergency requires the suspension of normal governmental activities and process. States of emergency are normally limited to level three incidents.[4]
[3]
Editor's Note: Appendix H is on file in the Village offices.
[4]
Editor's Note: Former § 22-5, Emergency services, and § 22-6, Support services, which immediately followed this section, were repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).