The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) / Office of Emergency Management (State OEM) is conducting a major multi-agency exercise at the State Emergency Operations Center in Albany today.
This exercise will test the coordination of and communication between State agency resources during a major disaster, said Jerome Hauer, Commissioner of NYS DHSES. This exercise is one of many types of exercises that we conduct regularly to improve the States response to large-scale emergencies and disasters across New York State.
The exercise is designed to prepare New York's emergency management agencies in the event an earthquake would occur in upstate New York, causing widespread power outages and potentially having major impacts on critical resources such as schools and hospitals.
State agencies involved in todays exercise include the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Health (DOH), Division of Military and Naval Affairs (DMNA), Division of State Police (NYSP), Department of Transportation (DOT), and Department of Agriculture and Markets (Ag&Mkts).
In addition to testing State agency communication and coordination during an emergency, the exercise will also test Emergency Operations Center processes and procedures, including internal message flow and tracking of State resources.
It is critical that we continue to improve the States response to large-scale disasters across the entire State, said Steven Kuhr, Director of NYS Office of Emergency Management. Exercises like the one we are conducting today are another step toward putting New York State at the forefront of national and international disaster response.