Furthers Expansion of Regional Stockpile System Across the State
Governor Cuomo today announced the operational opening of New York State's 10th emergency stockpile in Western New York, placing key emergency assets in the Western New York Region to support local response needs during an emergency or disaster. The stockpile location, strategically placed in Hamburg, located in Erie County, will complement the State's robust stockpile system and places a variety of resources that are often needed during a disaster throughout the state for rapid deployment regardless of scale, location, or type of weather event or emergency.
"When an emergency hits New York, it is critical that the right equipment and supplies are available when New Yorkers need it most," said Governor Cuomo. "With the opening of this stockpile in Erie County, we ensure that we are able to rapidly deploy vital supplies in emergency situations and better coordinate state support with our local partners in the Western New York region."
The 35,000 square foot facility is located in Hamburg NY and is equipped with essential emergency supplies including 26 light towers, 138 pumps and hoses, over 100,000 sandbags, a sand bagger, 700 cots, over 1,000 each of blankets and pillows, 88 generators, over 500 flashlights, and 36,000 cans of water. It will also be utilized as a key staging location for emergency vehicles and personnel for emergency response in the Western New York region.
"This administration has faced more natural disasters than any in history. If the increased episodes of major winter weather, hurricanes and flooding, including the ongoing flooding situation along Lake Ontario have taught us anything, it's that we must be prepared to mitigate what Mother Nature sends our way," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The completion of our disaster recovery stockpiles across New York State, including the most recent and final one in Western NY, will now ensure that we are prepared when any type of weather event or emergency strikes."
Governor Cuomo directed the implementation of the state stockpile program after Tropical Storms Lee and Irene to pre-position equipment and supplies, including generators, pumps, water filters, specialized rescue equipment, communications equipment and personal care items such as food, water, cots and blankets.
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Roger L. Parrino, Sr. said, "Making sure we are prepared for future emergencies by having the right equipment in place before a disaster strikes is vital to the protection of lives and property. This tenth location enhances our stockpile program and ensures adequate supplies of equipment are ready for rapid deployment."
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, "This stockpile improves our readiness and ability to respond when an emergency strikes. When every moment is critical, vital supplies and equipment need to be in place as fast as possible, and this stockpile makes that possible."
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