Emergency Management is the organized analysis, planning, decision making, and assignment of available resources to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the effects of all hazards. The goal of emergency management is to save lives, prevent injuries, and protect property in an emergency situation.
The Office of Emergency Management has the day-to-day responsibility for: developing and implementing emergency management programs and activities; coordinating all aspects of the counties mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities; assist the County Executive and County Legislature relative to these matters as authorized or required pursuant to the provisions of the Executive Law or other statute, or as may be delegated to said office by the Office of the Sheriff, County Legislature, or the County Executive.
Responsible for creating, coordinating and maintaining the handicapped parking and advocacy program mandated by Chapter 497 of the Laws of the State of New York, and Albany County Resolution #445 of 1999. Direct, create, coordinate and maintain Albany County Disabled Registry, this program is directed by Section 23a of the Executive Law of the State of New York and Albany County Resolution #285 of 1999. The program is designed to assist the special needs community during emergency situations be it manmade or natural that could occur in Albany County. Direct, coordinate and maintain a cooperative sheltering plan for Albany County in the event of an emergency.
The primary purpose of the Search and Rescue Team is to provide state-of-the-art technical rescue response, advice, or support to requesting municipalities and/or public safety agencies. This service is provided in such a manner as to respect the authority of the requesting command structure, maintain the integrity of the in-place operational components, insure the inherent dignity of each victim is preserved, and that the emotional, as well as physical concerns and needs of the victim, family members, or others involved will be considered. Furthermore, this service is provided with the safety of responders, victims and the general public as a paramount concern.