Governor Hochul Announces Niagara and Wyoming Counties Have Achieved State Accreditation for Emergency Management
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that Niagara and Wyoming counties have achieved accreditation through the New York State Local Emergency Management Accreditation Program. Niagara County Emergency Services and Wyoming County Office of Emergency Services are the latest emergency management organizations in New York to gain accreditation, joining Albany, Broome, Chemung, Erie, Livingston, Madison , Montgomery, Nassau, Oneida, Saratoga, Washington and Wayne. counties, as well as New York City.
“Providing immediate response to local emergencies is a critical role shared by all county emergency managers, and Niagara County and Wyoming County have proven they have the processes in place to protect public safety” , Governor Hochul said. “The accreditation process challenges emergency management agencies to ensure they have thorough plans and procedures to protect their citizens and I encourage other county emergency management offices to join their peers. and become accredited.”
The New York State Local Emergency Management Accreditation Program is the first national, state-level accreditation for local emergency management agencies. Developed in partnership with the New York State Emergency Management Association, the accreditation program highlights and promotes local emergency management agencies in New York State. To be accredited, a local government must meet a set of standards and best practices that promote a coordinated and integrated approach to emergency management. Localities should also involve stakeholders from “the whole community”, including government and private partners, and consider members of their community who may need special attention in an emergency, including those without. -shelter, the elderly and New Yorkers with disabilities.
State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray said: “Local emergency managers play a central role in keeping New Yorkers safe during the most difficult times and it is essential that we ensure they have the tools, resources and expertise to help their community through any type of disaster. New York’s groundbreaking accreditation process has consistently proven to be one of the best tools we have to achieve this goal and we commend Niagara and Wyoming counties for all their hard work to achieve this distinction.”
The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services administers the program on behalf of the local Emergency Management Accreditation Council, which serves as the program’s governing body. Accreditation is valid for five years, with the possibility of re-accreditation after the five-year period.
The Niagara County Office of Emergency Services ensures, through coordination with all first responders, that the county is prepared to respond to and recover from all natural and man-made emergencies for citizens, employers and visitors. The office provides the leadership, training and support needed to reduce loss of life and property through an all-hazards emergency management program of planning and preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery across the Niagara County.
The Wyoming County Office of Emergency Services is responsible for the overall planning and coordination of emergency response in the county. Wyoming OES ensures the county is prepared to respond to and recover from all natural and man-made emergencies for citizens, employers, and visitors. The office administers and delivers fire and EMS training programs to county emergency services personnel; comprehensive pre-disaster all-hazards planning; pre-disaster mitigation planning and provides information and assistance to the public for pre-disaster recovery. In addition, OES coordinates fire and EMS training through the Office of Fire Prevention and Control, Division of Homeland Security and State Emergency Services. New York, as well as the New York State Department of Health’s Office of Emergency Medical Services.
Chris Baker, President of the New York State Emergency Management Association and Director of Emergency Management for Cattaraugus County, said: “The Local Emergency Management Accreditation Program is a great example of the strong partnership between NYSEMA and the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, and I congratulate Niagara and Wyoming counties for certification. This program helps raise the bar for emergency management in New York State.”
Niagara County Fire Coordinator and Director of Emergency Services Jonathan Schultz said: “Niagara County Emergency Services is extremely excited about achieving accreditation and I thank those who have worked so hard to achieve this goal. We are continually working in partnership with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Niagara, local police departments, local and volunteer fire departments, and EMS agencies, as the Niagara County Department of Health, to provide services to people in an emergency or disaster situation throughout our county. Our ongoing work with our county legislature, in conjunction with all local jurisdictions, continues to make Niagara County one of the safest places to live.
Wyoming County Office of Emergency Services Fire and Emergency Management Director Brian Meyers said: “Since becoming Wyoming County Emergency Services Director, I have made it my goal for Wyoming County to achieve this accreditation and it is with true honor to do so. The support received by the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services while working on this task was instrumental in obtaining accreditation and I would like to commend them for their assistance and professionalism To say we are proud of this achievement would be an understatement. Obtaining accreditation shows that, even in a rural county, we can provide the same level of service as our counterparts in larger counties. We will continue to do our best in our efforts to prepare plans and procedures to respond to natural disasters and other emergencies with a new sense of pride.
Additional information about the New York State Local Emergency Management Accreditation Program—including program guidelines, eligibility, and standards—is available on the DHSES website. here.
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and the New York State Emergency Management Association will provide technical assistance to local emergency management offices seeking accreditation. Local emergency management offices seeking accreditation should complete the application form and submit it to the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services at [email protected].
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