[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Berne 1-11-1995. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this plan is to cite the authority, formulate procedures and provide guidance for coordinated action in rendering assistance to the citizens within the Town of Berne in the event of a disaster.
Disaster planning is based on the New York State Defense Emergency Act, the regulations and orders of the State Defense Council and the State Civil Defense Commission; the Emergency Plan for the Natural Disaster of the State of New York; and the national Plan for Natural Disaster Mobilization.
The Town of Berne recognizes that planning and preparatory actions are required before an emergency. Emergency preparedness allows the Town of Berne to prepare and react to emergency situations to save lives and property if the Town of Berne is threatened or hit by a disaster or major emergency.
The Town Board of the Town of Berne shall have the primary responsibility to see that everything possible is done to prepare for any disaster and to provide for the safety and security of the community during a disaster.
The emergency operations center for the Town will be the Berne Fire Department Firehouse, Helderberg Trail, Berne, New York. Once the Town Supervisor or next in line has declared that an emergency exists, the Emergency Operations Center will be staffed on a twenty-four-hour basis until the declared emergency subsides. The Emergency Operations Center will forward all warnings, directives, information, etc., to various local departments as appropriate. This will be done through the use of Town representatives, telephones (located in the Emergency Operations Center), radios in the Albany County Sheriff's Department, Fire Departments, Highway Department and Civil Defense Department and in the offices of cooperating agencies. Each member assigned to the Emergency Operations Center will be familiar with this plan, particularly with the section pertaining to each responsible person's service duties.
The responsibilities and functions listed below recognize only basic duties. Each of the position descriptions may be altered or expanded to suit the needs of the Town of Berne. One person may fill one or more of the below listed positions.
The Supervisor of the Town of Berne, Albany County is responsible for the conduct of disaster operations within the Town of Berne. The Supervisor of the Town of Berne shall use any and all facilities, equipment, supplies, personnel, and other resources of the Town of Berne in such a manner as may be necessary or appropriate to cope with the disaster. The Supervisor shall direct the activities of all agencies within the Town of Berne against the effects of emergency in conformance with the approved plans for the rescue and relief of the people, the recovery and the rehabilitation of the community of the Town of Berne. The Supervisor will utilize services of the Emergency Operations Center and its staff for implementation of necessary measures to achieve emergency operations.
The Town Board, as the elected body of the people, shall take all appropriate steps to prepare for any disaster or emergency and shall generally be responsible for the implementation of this and other emergency preparedness plans.
The Town Clerk is responsible for the maintenance and availability of essential records, documents and other materials, required during the emergency.
The Emergency Coordinator appointed by the Town of Berne Supervisor directs the implementation of the comprehensive plan for the Emergency Operations Center, under the direction of the Supervisor. Also, under the direction of the Town of Berne Supervisor the Emergency Coordinator coordinates the emergency operations of the Emergency Operations Center, prepares estimates of the situation, advises the Supervisor of operational priorities and recommends requests for assistance from the Director of the Albany County Office of Disaster Preparedness.
The Fire Chief and Fire Officers will be responsible for the direction of all action to contain and extinguish fires resulting from emergencies and the removal of trapped and injured persons from damaged buildings and flooded areas. The local Fire Chief may call upon the Albany County Fire Coordinator or the Director of the Albany County Office of Disaster Preparedness, under mutual aid, for advice and/or assistance concerning fire-related emergencies, relief operations, and coordination of emergency shelter and feeding operations.
The Albany County Sheriff may designate a Traffic Control Officer to be part of the Emergency Operations Center for the purpose of controlling traffic and population movements. The local police will direct all action to maintain order, prevent looting, and help alleviate panic; direct injured to medical installations, and assist handicapped persons by obtaining transportation and directing them to the nearest Emergency Operations Center. The Albany County Sheriff may call upon the New York State Police for advice and/or assistance.
The Highway Superintendent is responsible for the maintenance of streets and bridges and all official trucks, cars and equipment. The Superintendent will direct action to check, restore and maintain essential public facilities and services, such as streets, bridges, public buildings and other vital community services, calling upon all public works and engineering services of Albany County for assistance. The Highway Superintendent will work in conjunction with the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation and/or New York State Electric & Gas Corporation, the NYNEX, the Albany County Health Department and any other local utility in the restoration of the various essential services.
The Building Inspector of the Town of Berne will be responsible for safety inspection of damaged homes and businesses before evacuees are allowed to reoccupy such buildings.
The Public Information Officer, under the direction of the Supervisor of the Town of Berne, directs the local dissemination of emergency information, the issuance of news reports to the public and notifies the Director of the Albany County Office of Disaster Preparedness Office on the status and development of emergency measures, using all media of public communication.
The Communications Officer or staff supervises, directs, arranges and restores communication for all emergency purposes using available communications for all emergency purposes using available communication means and methods. Maximum use of all available forms of communications will be planned by all departments to aid the communications staff in carrying out their duties.
The Medical Officer or staff directs all action to render health and medical services to the community. The officer or staff should alert hospitals and ambulances in the area regarding anticipated medical needs.
The Supply Officer (Resources and Production) carries out measures necessary to the emergency handling of all local resources.
The Manpower Officer directs the assignment of personnel to the various emergency services as requested.
The Transportation Officer carries out measures necessary to the utilization of all transportation modes for support and rescue operations.
The School Representatives direct the action related to care for school students in school during an emergency situation.
Additional responsibilities and functions. All department heads and/or those responsible for carrying out parts of the emergency operations for the Town of Berne shall have their responsibilities and functions listed within this plan.