By Eden Laikin
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was in Albany today to take part in Governor Cuomo’s Homeland Security and Emergency Planning Summit, at the Empire State Concourse Convention Center. The summit includes a full day of training for County Chief Executives and a total of three and a half days of training for County Emergency Managers.
The summit and training were to include updated New York State emergency management initiatives, such as the Statewide Targeted Operations Response Management system; a Tour of the State Emergency Operations Center and other hands-on demonstrations.
During Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, Nassau County’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM), fostered better working relationships with State partners such as the National Guard, as well as town, Village and City municipalities – receiving capabilities briefings and conducting table top exercises to identify gaps in its plans. Emergency officials re-wrote the County’s Sheltering Plan based off of the many lessons learned, and several trainings were held for county workers on Shelter Operations. The plan proved successful, as OEM had the ability to react quickly to the developing and changing emergency needs.
Since the two significant storms, OEM has:
o purchased ultra-high axle, and all-terrain, vehicles, through military surplus, to assist first responders in flooded and hard to reach areas;
o increased warehouse space from 10,000 sq. ft. to 33,000 sq. ft. to aid in the ability to increase stock pile of disaster relief supplies;
o increased generator supply;
o increased communications capability in the mobile command post; enhanced the mass notification system; and is in the process of getting a Mass Evacuation Response Vehicle.
o participated in the NYS Comprehensive Emergency Planning Assessment, to identify strengths and weakness’ in all aspects of emergency planning; and
o completed the first draft of the Nassau County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, for the County to use to respond to, mitigate and recover from any natural or man-made disaster.