Town of Van Buren, NY
Onondaga County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Van Buren 2-23-1994. Amendments noted where applicable.]
All town officers of the Town of Van Buren shall continue regular town government operations to the extent permitted by the disaster or national emergency from the Town Emergency Operating Center or normal locations, as local conditions may dictate, and will follow the lines of succession established by local law for the continuity of government.
A. 
In the event of a natural or man-made disaster or national emergency, the Town Emergency Manager, under the direction of the Town Supervisor, shall put the Town of Van Buren's Emergency Management Plan into effect, is responsible for the overall procurement of manpower and material resources to assist in accomplishing the emergency plan, will coordinate requests for county and state and other agency services, will act as the Public Information Officer for the Town of Van Buren disseminating information and news to the public with the use of all available media and will coordinate the performance of specific functions and responsibilities to include, but not limited to, those hereinafter designated, and these same officers and agencies shall be responsible for providing plans and training to provide an efficient and coordinated response to emergencies:
(1) 
Town Attorney: to render advice and opinions to the Town of Van Buren Supervisor, with regard to continuity of government, and interpretation, applications and implementation of Article 2-B of the Executive Law, New York State Defense Emergency Act, related defense emergency laws, other relevant laws and regulations and orders in coordination with the Supervisor of the Town of Van Buren and the Town Emergency Manager.
(2) 
Fire Marshall: to assist in the coordination of the Town Fire Departments in the performance of their respective duties during a disaster.
(3) 
Fire Chiefs: to act as incident commander at the scene of a fire/EMS event and during disasters utilize volunteer and auxiliary fire fighters and emergency squads for containment and the extinguishing of fires, the removal of trapped and injured persons from danger areas resulting from a disaster and assisting emergency medical services in caring for the injured and ill victims; to provide a command post for emergency communications; and to perform decontamination duties as required.
(4) 
Superintendent of Highways: to act as Chief of Engineering and Public Works Service; mobilize and use public and privately owned construction assets, sanitation and public utility equipment and personnel; direct and coordinate town-wide operations to restore or provide emergency replacement for essential facilities and public services; regulate the use of the town highway system; and to support rescue, relief, recovery and rehabilitation operations, mobilize and use public and privately owned construction assets.
(5) 
Director of Parks: to act as Chief of Welfare Services and to provide emergency feeding, clothing, lodging, financial assistance and related social services to those in need with local American Red Cross and Salvation Army officials in natural disaster situations and gather and coordinate information concerning missing relatives.
(6) 
Code Enforcement: to assist in emergency management operations, maintaining certain data such as charts and service directories; provide headquarters staff services to the Emergency Manager; provide comprehensive operational orders and intelligence required as a basis for operational needs; coordinate any follow-up actions taken by other sections and other services; gather, evaluate and maintain current situational information as it develops during an emergency or crisis; and to act as Chief of Damage Survey and Reporting System during emergency and post-emergency operations.
(7) 
Assessor and Receiver of Taxes: to provide maps, charts, local governing body boundaries and other information to Supervisor and Emergency Manager during emergency periods, post-emergency periods and in support of related training programs.
(8) 
Town Clerk: to preserve the town records as they relate to the disaster and disseminate emergency materials to the public.
(9) 
Secretary to Supervisor: to obtain from other town offices a typist pool and direct the recording of all measures taken in relief of disaster situations and emergency situations to ensure adequate documentation for post-emergency uses.
(10) 
Any other town officials as deemed necessary.
B. 
All town officers shall report to the Town Emergency Operating Center when so directed by the Town Supervisor, or upon such directive issued subsequent to the dissemination of warning information through the established networks.
[Amended 7-3-2007 by L.L. No. 4-2007]
To ensure an effective operational capability in the event of a natural or man-made disaster or a national emergency, it is incumbent upon those named in this executive order to prepare themselves and their agencies to fulfill their assigned duties and responsibilities by organizing, planning, recruiting and training to achieve the full integration of existing local resources of manpower, facilities and services into an emergency operation. This will be accomplished utilizing NIMS training which will be coordinated by the Onondaga County Department of Emergency Management.
In the event of a natural or man-made disaster or national emergency, or preparation therefor, the above officers of the Town of Van Buren shall have the authority to assign emergency management functions to members of their staffs and such personnel shall cooperate and extend such services as are required of them.
[Amended 7-3-2007 by L.L. No. 4-2007]
In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, or national emergency, or in training or preparation therefor, all Town officers referred to herein shall report, as required in § 27-2B of this chapter, to the Town Emergency Operating Center, alternate seat of government, as set forth in § 27-2B.
A. 
The Town of Van Buren Fire Marshal will maintain a file of all reports received from each fire department concerning the presence of hazardous materials in various locations within their respective districts. The Fire Marshal will compile a complete list, updated at least semiannually, of all properties within the Town of Van Buren that have reported the presence of hazardous materials, and distribute said list to the chief of each department protecting the Town of Van Buren.
B. 
At least semiannually, officials from the following agencies should meet at a regularly scheduled Public Safety Committee meeting to discuss this plan and its implementation. Drills shall be held in accordance with the recommendations of the Public Safety Committee.
[Amended 7-3-2007 by L.L. No. 4-2007]
(1) 
Town of Van Buren Supervisor.
(2) 
Town of Van Buren Fire Marshal's office.
(3) 
Town of Van Buren Highway Department.
(4) 
Baldwinsville Fire Department.
(5) 
Lakeside Fire Department.
(6) 
Memphis Fire Department.
(7) 
Warners Fire Department.
(8) 
Any other appropriate agency.
A. 
The Town of Van Buren's goal is to provide an effective, coordinated response to prevent the loss of life, injury to its responders and the public and minimize damage to property and the environment. To ensure this response, there must be a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of various agencies, as well as the resources available to responders from the town. Since the Town of Van Buren does not have a direct emergency response agency, the assistance, coordination and backup services are the primary goals until a state of emergency is declared and the Town of Van Buren Emergency Management Plan is effected.
B. 
Participating agencies; roles and responsibilities.
(1) 
Town of Van Buren Supervisor:
(a) 
Overall community compliance with applicable regulations.
(b) 
Emergency declarations per New York Sate Executive Law Article 2-B.
(2) 
Town Emergency Manager:
(a) 
Put Town Emergency Management Plan into effect upon declaration of emergency.
(b) 
Act as Public Information Officer for Town of Van Buren.
(c) 
Coordinate requests for county and state assistance.
(d) 
Coordinate training of town officials.
(e) 
Incident debrief and critique.
(f) 
Training to first responder operations level.
(3) 
Fire Chiefs:
(a) 
Act as incident commander at all local incidents.
(b) 
Provide training, response and operations according to individual Fire Department Emergency Response Plan.
(4) 
Van Buren Highway Department:
(a) 
Training to first responder awareness level.
(b) 
Pre-emergency planning and coordination.
(c) 
Emergency recognition and system activation.
(d) 
Site security and control.
(e) 
Provide materials and equipment on request.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection B(5), regarding the Van Buren Water and Sewer Department, was repealed 7-3-2007 by L.L. No. 4-2007.
[Amended 7-3-2007 by L.L. No. 4-2007]
The Town of Van Buren will utilize the National Incident Management System (NIMS) at all declarations of a state of emergency by the Town of Van Buren Supervisor.
A. 
The Fire Chief, or his designee, of the district in which the incident is located shall be the incident commander at all hazardous materials incidents, and shall operate in accordance with each individual Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Plan.
B. 
Upon the declaration of a state of emergency, the Town Emergency Manager shall assume coordination of the response according to the Town Emergency Management Plan.
A. 
The incident commander of the hazardous material incident shall, in accordance with each Fire Department Hazardous Material Response Plan, establish one command post for each incident.
B. 
The incident commander should also declare a response level according to the Fire Department Hazardous Material Response Plan, and § 27-11 of this Plan. When it has been determined that a state of emergency exists within the Town of Van Buren, the incident commander shall cause the Town Supervisor and/or Deputy Town Supervisor to be notified in accordance with New York State Executive Law Article 2-B. Upon a declaration of a state of emergency by the Town Supervisor in accordance with Executive Law Article 2-B, the Town Emergency Manager shall designate the location of the Town Emergency Operations Center. All town personnel shall report to the Town Emergency Operations Center in accordance with the Town Emergency Management Plan.
The incident commander shall determine the appropriate level of response based upon the following criteria and implement the associated response actions.
A. 
Response Level A, limited response: An incident that can be controlled by response of the local fire department in accordance with the Fire Department Hazardous Material Response Plan. This type of incident occurs within the boundaries of an individual fire district and may include the response of the Onondaga County Hazardous Material Team. This type of incident falls within the capacity of the local fire department resources with limited outside agency interaction.
B. 
Level A, response actions:
(1) 
Each fire department responds in accordance with its hazardous material response plan.
(2) 
Incident commander evaluates need to declare higher response level.
(3) 
Town Fire Marshal is notified to evaluate and enforce applicable codes, rules and regulations.
C. 
Response Level B, full emergency condition: An incident where a potential exists wherein a state of emergency declaration would be recommended. These incidents would include large evacuations of people wherein housing, food or temporary shelter provisions would be required. Hazard zones would cross two or more fire districts with large fire or explosion potential. Release of material may not be controllable and environmental impact moderate to large. Usually would require many outside agencies to control the incident.
D. 
Level B, response actions:
(1) 
Town Supervisor or Deputy Town Supervisor is notified to make declaration.
(2) 
Town Emergency Management Plan is put into effect.
(3) 
Town Emergency Manager to consult with fire, police, health, environmental and other related officials and assign key functions as required in accordance with the Town Emergency Management Plan.
(4) 
All response actions by Van Buren employees shall be defensive in nature.
Responsibility for command and management of the incident may be transferred during the incident based upon the following criteria:
A. 
The geographic area involved.
B. 
The number of political jurisdictions involved.
C. 
The number of response agencies.
D. 
Resource commitments.
E. 
Operational requirements.
A. 
The training provisions of this Plan ensure that the personnel involved in the response to a hazardous materials incident have received the training necessary to perform the functions required. Employees of the Town of Van Buren involved in assisting or providing equipment and manpower to operate at a hazardous materials incident shall be trained to the appropriate level corresponding to the duties they are to perform.
B. 
Since the Town of Van Buren is not a direct responding agency until a state of emergency is declared, the following levels of training shall be provided to employees:
[Amended 7-3-2007 by L.L. No. 4-2007]
(1) 
Van Buren Highway Department: first responder awareness.
(2) 
Van Buren Buildings and Grounds Department: first responder awareness.
(3) 
Van Buren Fire Marshal: first responder operations.
All operations of Van Buren employees at a hazardous material incident shall be in accordance with the Town Emergency Management Plan, each Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Plan and as directed by the sector officer in charge.