Comprehensive Emergency Management
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) executes the County's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan for disaster relief before, during and after any type of natural or man-made disaster or a wartime situation. In accordance with State Executive Law 213, the office develops and maintains a comprehensive emergency management plan to include prevention/mitigation, readiness, response and recovery. OEM plans and coordinates with government and non-government agencies for rapid response in an emergency, and assists towns and villages in the preparation of their emergency response plans. OEM, with guidance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), develops and continually reviews the Monroe County Radiological Emergency Preparedness Plan (MCREPP) in case of an incident at the Ginna Nuclear Power Plant. OEM conducts multiple exercises a year testing its REPP.
In relation to Monroe County's Radiological Program, OEM receives funds from New York State to support radiological monitoring, communications, shelter/evacuation, and associated operations. State law (Chapter 708 of the Laws of New York State, 1981) requires the nuclear utilities to finance system enhancements and funds obtained through the New York State Radiological Emergency Preparedness Group are used to enhance County resources.
Public Assistance Workshop
The Recovery Section of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, in conjunction with the Monroe County Office of Emergency Management, is conducting a Public Assistance Workshop.
- What is Public Assistance (PA)?
- The Public Assistance process
- Preliminary Damage Assessments
- Requirements for a Disaster Declaration
- Applicant Briefings and how to apply
- Public Assistance Eligibility:
- Applicants, Facilities, Costs, and Work
- Project Worksheets:
- Identifying Damages and Scopes of Work
- Hazard Mitigation
- Project time limits
- Project Closeouts and Audit Requirements
- Q & A
Who Should Attend?
The target audiences for this course are County, Town, Village, and City Governmental Leaders, Emergency Managers, Public Works, Police, and Fire representatives. Individuals with specific job functions such as municipal engineering, wastewater treatment, water system operation, financials, and planning (or other pertinent areas) are strongly encouraged to attend. Individuals from Private not for Profit entities are also welcome.
Monroe County Office of Emergency Management
Emergency Operations Center
1190 Scottsville Road, Suite 200
Rochester, NY 14624
June 29, 2016
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class Starts: 9:00 a.m. to Noon
There is no cost for this course.
There are no prerequisite courses for attending this workshop. Previous experience in any or all aspects of the Public Assistance process is also not required.
Please submit your RSVP as soon as possible to allow for the preparation of sufficient course materials and adequate seating. Late registrants or walk-ins may be allowed depending on the availability of these resources.
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The Buffalo office of the National Weather Service will be conducting a SKYWARN spotter training seminar in Rochester, at the Monroe County Emergency Operations Center - 1190 Scottsville Road, Suite 200, on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. The training session is sponsored by the Monroe County Office of Emergency Management and will last about two hours. There is no cost for the training.
SKYWARN is a national effort to save lives during severe weather emergencies with an expanding network of trained volunteer weather spotters. SKYWARN spotters support their local community and government by providing reports of severe weather directly to the National Weather Service in Buffalo by phone using the NWS spotter hotline. The services performed by SKYWARN spotters have saved many lives.
The National Weather Service has a number of devices for detecting severe thunderstorms. Included in these are Doppler radar, satellite, and lightning detection networks. However, the most important tool for observing thunderstorms is the trained eye of the storm spotter. By providing observations, SKYWARN spotters assist National Weather Service staff in their warning decisions and enable the National Weather Service to fulfill its mission of protecting life and property. Storm spotters are, and always will be, an indispensable part of the severe local storm warning program.
The basic training session provides a brief overview of the National Weather Service organization and our responsibilities, severe weather safety, and basic severe weather meteorology including how thunderstorms, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes form.
Anyone can become a severe weather spotter for the National Weather Service. SKYWARN training is free and open to the public.
For further information, you can call the National Weather Service at (716) 565-0204 ext. 223 or the Monroe County Office of Emergency Management at (585) 753-3816.
What We Do
As the County Executive’s Emergency Manager, the Office of Emergency Management maintains and administers an integrated Emergency Management program designed to assure a safe environment through prevention/mitigation, readiness, response, and recovery.
A. Plans and Exercises for emergency response
- Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan
- Hazard Specific Plans: Hazardous Materials Response Plan, Railroad Plan, Marine Emergency Plan, Aircraft Emergency Disaster Plan (Off-Site of GRIA), Ginna Radiological Emergency Preparedness Plan, Terrorism Plan
- Incident Management System Plan
- Assist planning: Airport Emergency Plan, hospitals, schools, nursing homes, industry
B. Provide public information and education
- Public Official's Workshop
- NYS Dept. of Homeland Security & Emergency Services Mandated Tier 3 Training
- ICS 700 Training & ICS 100 Training
- Work in conjunction with the National Weather Service Buffalo for SKYWARN Training
- 24-hour availability
- EOC and EOC Services
- Notification protocols at 9-1-1
- Incident critique
Procure and provide personnel/equipment resources and secure community-wide resources of government and private agencies for: communications, evacuation, sheltering, health concerns, security, transportation, recovery and re-entry procedures. OEM can also access state and federal resources through the NYS Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Services.
OEM staff responds to the incident scene to serve as a liaison from the Command Post back to the Emergency Operations Center.
Re-entry and recovery information
Financial assessment processing
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Emergency Management Plans
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Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
Monroe County’s Emergency Operations Center is a specially designed facility where public organizations and private-sector agencies meet to decide and coordinate emergency response to community-wide disasters.
View the Agencies at EOC document (22k PDF).
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HAZMAT Response Plan
The Monroe County Hazardous Materials Response Plan has been prepared to meet statutory planning requirements of the federal Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986, SARA, Title III, and to develop a higher degree of community preparedness for incidents involving hazardous materials.
This plan provides basic guidelines and establishes responsibilities for response to a hazardous materials incident in Monroe County. This plan will provide appropriate guidelines for response to the release of hazardous materials beyond the boundary of a facility using, storing or producing hazardous materials, and the release of hazardous materials that has the potential to injure or harm the population or the environment. All incidents must be reported, controlled and thoroughly investigated.
Facilities and political subdivisions within the jurisdiction of this plan, should establish and maintain operational plans and procedures that are compatible and consistent with this plan.
View the Monroe County Hazardous Materials Response Plan
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Homeland Security Funding
Homeland Security Funding is received and managed in the Office of Emergency Management. Funding sources include: State Homeland Security Preparedness (SHSP), State Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program (SLETPP), Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), Port Security Grant Program, Citizen Preparedness Grant Program, Companion Animal Sheltering Equipment Grant Program, Critical Infrastructure Key Resources (CIKR) Grant Program, Local Emergency Management Planning Grant (LEMPG) and the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grant Program.
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The Monroe County Office of Emergency Management has made the following document available in order to provide detailed information to County residents that reside within the ten-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) surrounding the Ginna Nuclear Power Plant.
If you live in one of the nine Emergency Response Planning Areas (ERPA), then this document will help you to make critical decisions and provide important information in the event of a nuclear emergency. This information should be used to help you and your family to prepare a nuclear emergency response plan for your home. You can also find this information in the back of the Exelon Corporation Emergency Planning Information Brochure for Monroe County.
Download the Ginna Monroe County Brochure
Download a larger image of the Ginna Map
Information provided includes:
- Emergency Alert System (EAS) notification. A listing of available radio stations that provide emergency information.
- Emergency Response Planning Area (ERPA) and Reception/Congregate Care Center (R/CCC) information. Find out where to go and what to bring during a nuclear emergency in your area.
- Other evacuation and sheltering information.
- Information about radiation and basic radiation protection measures.
- Information about Potassium Iodide (KI) in a nuclear emergency.
- Contact numbers and where to receive more information.
- Download the NYS RPP Agriculture Brochure
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KI (Potassium Iodide)
The County of Monroe, in partnership with Wegmans Food Markets, distributes Potassium Iodide (KI) to residents of Monroe County who live within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) of the Ginna nuclear power plant located just east of Monroe County in Wayne County.
Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, federal, state and local governments have all acted to strengthen security and further protect the public. In December 2001 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new recommendation for the distribution of KI to residents adjacent to nuclear power plants. The KI is to be taken only under emergency conditions and is intended as an additional safety precaution. It does not replace the existing emergency plan to evacuate or shelter-in-place during a radiological emergency.
Potassium Iodide protects the thyroid gland from radioactive iodines. Such iodines could be released into the atmosphere only in the most serious type of a nuclear accident. It is not a substitute for more familiar and thorough emergency preparedness steps, such as sheltering-in-place or evacuation. Potassium Iodide is safe. It has virtually no side effects. Residents should however consult their physicians on KI and interaction with prescriptions or allergies.
The use of KI by residents is only necessary in emergencies where the public is likely to be exposed to radioiodine. The Monroe County Office of Emergency Management monitors all radiation emergencies involving the Ginna Nuclear Power Plant and will issue advisories informing the public whether KI should be taken.
Monroe County is not alone in undertaking this public safety initiative. Other communities surrounding the six nuclear power facilities throughout New York State are implementing similar programs to distribute KI to residents living near nuclear reactors.
KI (Potassium Iodide) Information
- Medical questions about KI should be addressed to your Physician.
- If you have questions about your child’s school plans, please call the Superintendent’s Office.
- Evacuation Plans: Wayne County and Monroe County evacuation plans have been prepared by local, state and federal officials. If you have questions about evacuation plans for the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone, residents should refer to their copy of Constellation Energy's calendar, and employees should contact their employer.
- KI Distribution: The current government-funded, KI program is designed for residents and schools located within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone of Ginna Station. Employers within this 10-mile zone may purchase KI to have it available in the workplace. Employees who work within this 10-mile zone may want to purchase KI to have it available at their workplace.
- Anyone who lives within the 10-mile EPZ and has questions related to KI, can contact the Monroe County Office of Emergency Management at 585-753-3810.
- Additional information is available from the NYS Department of Health
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Nuclear Regulatory Commission: http://www.nrc.gov/
Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/
Protecting Your Home and Health: A Disaster Preparedness Guide:
Child Care Emergency Planning template: http://www.rit.edu/cast/crr/
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Monroe County Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan
The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Assistance and Emergency Act 42 USC 5133 by adding a new section, 322 - Mitigation Planning. Section 322 establishes a new requirement for local mitigation plans. The Act provides a framework for linking pre- and post-disaster mitigation planning and initiatives with public and private interests to ensure an integrated, comprehensive approach to disaster loss reduction. It requires all local governments to have an approved All-Hazard Mitigation Plan in place to be eligible to receive Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) project funding.
This plan is designed to establish a viable direction for the mitigation of natural and technological disasters within Monroe County. It is a comprehensive document that exceeds federal planning requirements. Specifically, we identify all hazards (29) that may adversely impact our community.
The Federal Emergency Management Office (FEMA) approved the Monroe County Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan on July 29, 2011 and the Monroe County Legislature adopted the Plan on November 15, 2011.
Monroe County is in the process of updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). The HMP documents the County's vulnerability to hazards, and its strategy to reduce that vulnerability. There will be a public meeting to discuss the mitigation strategy and adoption of the Plan on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. All interested parties are invited to attend. The hearing will be held at the County Office Building, Legislative Chambers (Room 407), 39 West Main Street, Rochester, NY. Additional information about the HMP and the planning process is available at www.monroecountyhmp.com. Contact Tim Kohlmeier, Emergency Preparedness Administrator, for more information.
Download the 2010 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan (4.76MB)
(Due to size, the document could take a little bit of time to download)