The role of the office is multi-faceted, but basically includes training and education of emergency services
personnel and the public. It also includes coordinating preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery of all agencies and personnel to any
potential or actual manmade or natural disaster that threatens life, property and/or the environment in Cayuga County. The severe weather events
are: flood, drought, hurricane, tornado, winter storm, ice storm. Also, the office handles events such as hazardous material or radiological
release, airplane crash, train derailment, dam failure, long term power failure, mass casualty incidents or act of domestic terrorism.
Our office routinely provides resource information and interacts with Fire, Emergency Medical, Law Enforcement, the American Red Cross, the New York State
Health Department, the County Health Department, the Planning Department and the New York State Weapons of Mass Destruction Taskforce on a
wide range of issues. We function as the coordinator between local and state/federal government in matters related to Federal Grant/Loan monies.
We provide Emergency Medical, CPR, and Fire training for all county first responders.
Our Emergency Management Office can activate the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) anytime it is needed. It can be partially or fully staffed by
numerous emergency services and support agencies during emergencies. The EOC will remain operational until we are satisfied that all the potential and/or
actual problems have been resolved. Our office and provide supplemental and/or primary communications between the organizations and the EOC by use
of RACES personnel (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services).
Every individual should always be prepared and self-sufficient for the possible and unexpected loss of essential services and disruption of normal
lifestyle for seventy-two (72) hours. Weather events (like the 1998 Labor Day Storm), tecnological failures (like the Power Outage of 2003) and manmade
accidents or terrorist events (like the 9/11 Terrorist Attack) can and do occur at anytime, frequently with little warning. This means to be
prepared every individual should establish a "Personal Emergency Kit" of essential items.
The following websites have information regarding emergency kits.