Village of
New York Mills
Oneida County, NY



14-1.  Purpose.

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 Village of New York Mills in the event of a disaster. 


14-2.  Basis. 

A.  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 Nation Plan for Natural Disaster Mobilization. 

B.  The Village of New York Mills recognizes that planning and preparatory actions are required before an emergency. Emergency preparedness allows the Village of New York Mills to prepare and react to emergency situations to save life and property if the Village is threatened or hit by a major disaster or emergency. 

C.  The Mayor of the Village of New York Mills 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.   


14-3.  Mobilization. 

A.  Designation of emergency operations center. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for the Village of New York Mills will be the Municipal Building/Firehouse located on Main Street and Maple Street in the Village of New York Mills. Once the Mayor or his or her successor in line of succession has declared that an emergency exists, the EOC will be staffed on a twenty-four-hour-a-day basis until the declared emergency subsides. The EOC will forward all warnings, directives, information, etc., to various local departments as needed. This will be done through the use of department representatives, telephones located in the EOC, radios in the Police, Fire, or Highway Department, and in the offices of other cooperating agencies. Each member assigned to the EOC will be familiar with this plan, particularly as it relates to the section pertaining to each responsible person's service duties. 

B.  Essential emergency operations records. The Mayor and the Village Clerk, functioning at the EOC, are responsible for the maintenance and availability of records, documents, plans, and other materials required to discharge their and others' functions during an emergency. 

C.  Sequence of action. 

(1)   The Mayor and other designated personnel will assemble as soon as possible at the EOC upon notification of the existence of an emergency. 

(2)   To cope with the effects of an emergency, appropriate steps will be taken at the EOC to mobilize fully the available personnel, resources, facilities, supplies and materials in the Village according to the guidelines set forth in this plan. 

(a)  The Mayor, or his or her successor in the line of succession, is responsible for notification and declaration of an emergency or disaster. 

(b)  Each department head in the Village is responsible for assuring maximum effectiveness and utilization of all personnel and equipment of the department to accomplish the Village's responsibilities. Each department head will retain control of the assigned department and implement orders received from the EOC. 

(c)  The Village should seek the cooperation and aid of any or all surrounding communities in the event of an emergency or disaster. Arrangement for mutual aid should be made prior to any emergency or disaster. 

(d) The Village should contact the Oneida County Emergency Management Office (EMO) regarding any major emergency or disaster situation. Emergency management assistance should be requested when local or mutual-aid resources are exhausted. All requests for County EMO assistance of any nature by any department will be approved by the Mayor and will be made to the County EMO Director by direct phone contact or by the emergency management radio network. 

(e)  Military assistance requests will be made by the Mayor to the Chief Executive Officer of Oneida County, who will forward the request to the Oneida County EMO, which will forward it to the State Natural Disaster Commission. 

(f)  The American Red Cross is recognized as the agency responsible for mass care to persons immediately following a disaster. Local Red Cross chapters can extend natural disaster relief assistance to individuals and families, and the Red Cross can assume administrative and financial responsibility in providing such assistance. American National Red Cross has been assigned this responsibility by the Congress of the United States.      


14-4.  Responsibilities and functions.

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 individual city or village. One person may fill one or more of the below-listed descriptions. 

A.  The Mayor of the Village is responsible for the conduct of disaster operations within the Village. The Mayor shall use any and all facilities, equipment, supplies, personnel, and other resources of the Village in such a manner as may be necessary or appropriate to cope with the disaster. The Mayor shall direct the activities of all agencies within the Village against the effects of the emergency in conformance with the approved plans for the rescue and relief of the people, the recovery and the rehabilitation of the community. The Mayor will utilize services of the EOC and its staff for implementation of necessary measures to achieve emergency operations. 

B.  The Village Board, as the elected body of the people, shall take all appropriate steps to prepare for any disaster or emergency. 

C.  The Village Clerk is responsible for the maintenance and availability of essential records, documents and other material required during the emergency. 

D.  The Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC), appointed by and under direction of the Mayor, directs the implementation of the comprehensive plan for the EOC, the emergency operations of the EOC, prepares estimates of the situation, advises the Mayor of operational priorities and recommends requests for assistance from the County EMO. 

E.   The Fire Chief 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 Oneida County Fire Coordinator or the County EMO, under mutual aid, for advice and/or assistance concerning fire-related emergencies, relief operations, and coordination of emergency shelter and feeding operations. 

F.   The Police Chief will direct all action to direct traffic, maintain order, prevent looting, and help alleviate panic; direct the injured to medical installations, and assist handicapped persons by obtaining transportation and directing them to the nearest emergency relief center. The Police Chief may call upon the Oneida County Sheriff's Department and/or the New York State Police for advice and/or assistance. 

G.  The Superintendent of Public Works is responsible for the maintenance of streets and bridges and all official trucks, cars, and equipments. 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 Oneida County for such assistance. The Superintendent will work in conjunction with the local electric and gas utility, the local telephone company, the local water and sewer board, and with any other local utility in the restoration of the various essential services. 

H.  The Codes Enforcement Officer of the Village will be responsible for safety inspection of damaged homes and businesses before evacuees are allowed to reoccupy such buildings. 

I.    The Public Information Officer, under supervision of the Mayor, directs local dissemination of emergency information, the issuance of news reports to the public and notifies the County EMO on the status and development of emergency measures, using all media of public communication. 

J.    The Communications Officer supervises, directs, arranges and restores communications for all emergency purposes using available communications 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.