Mission Statement: The mission of the Orangetown Office of Emergency Management is to maintain a high level of planning and preparedness, to protect the citizens of Orangetown, to reduce loss of life, protect important assets, and reduce any disruption or destruction to local commerce and institutions; all while assisting and supporting the town government and emergency services with preparing, responding and recovering from a disaster.
Office of Emergency Management Description:
To accomplish this task, the Office of Emergency Management will identify personnel and institutions in the community that can play a key role in improving Orangetown’s response to major incidents or disasters and will maintain open communications with these entities. The Office of Emergency Management will assist in the education of the public, town employees and emergency services about emergency preparedness. The Office of Emergency Management will collect and disseminate emergency information as well as liaison with the Rockland County Office of Emergency Management and other agencies as needed to accomplish the stated mission.
The Orangetown Office of Emergency Management will be comprised of the following members:
Orangetown Police 2 members Recommendation of Chief of Police- Captain Donald Butterworth and PO Harold Johnson
Orangetown Fire 2 members Recommendation of Fire Chiefs Council- Peter Byrne (Orangetown Fire Chiefs) and Robert Daly (Orangetown Fire Chiefs)
Orangetown EMS 2 members Recommendation of Town EMS Captains- Steve Harris (S. Orangetown Ambulance) and Maryanne Portoro (Pearl River Ambulance)
Orangetown Highway 2 members Recommendation of Highway Superintendent- James Dean, Mike Yannazzone, and Karen Jahnes
Orangetown Environmental 1 member Recommendation of Environmental Director-
Orangetown OBZPAE 1 member Recommendation of OBZPAE Director- John Giardiello, Paul Witte, and Elizabeth Decort
Orangetown Building/Parks 1 member Recommendation of Building / Parks Director- Mark Albert
Orangetown Town Board 1 member Recommendation of Town Board- Liaison Councilman Diviny
The Office will be run as a Committee and will be chaired by a member of the Police Department ( PO Harold Johnson) who is assigned as the “Orangetown Emergency Coordinator” as designated by the Town of Orangetown Emergency Operations Plan (EOP).
Committee Tasks will be accomplished through use of the following sub-committees:
Training, Emergency Operations Center, Planning, Sheltering, Logistics, Outreach,
Notification, Schools,Community Response Team, Recovery / Debris Management
The Office of Emergency Management will meet on a bi-monthly basis. The meetings will occur on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 10:30 AM in the EOC (Town Hall Multipurpose Room).
The members and responsibilities of the Orangetown Office of Emergency Management will be reviewed by the Committee and Town Board annually and may be updated as needed.