Supervisor Petrone addresses participants at the workshop.
his commitment to public safety and emergency preparedness, Supervisor Frank P.
Petrone recently hosted a workshop of Suffolk County emergency response
providers and key staff personnel to kick-off the preparation of a new plan to
better manage the response to natural and man-made hazards.
plan, required under Federal law, is intended to further assist the Town in
responding to natural disasters such as hurricanes and adverse winter weather
and man-made disasters such as a terrorist attack or a hazardous material
new document, along with our existing Emergency Preparedness Plan, represents
our continued commitment to safeguarding the public during adverse weather and
other emergency situations," said Supervisor Petrone. "Both plans are ‘living'
documents that will constantly be updated and expanded to address the changing
times and needs of our residents."
from the Suffolk County Office of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services conducted
the workshop, held August 5 at Town Hall. Participating in the meeting were
representatives from two of the four incorporated villages of Huntington;
Suffolk County Police; U.S. Coast Guard; Huntington Hospital; Veterans
Administration Hospital at Northport Dix Hills Water District; and local school
attendance will continue to serve on the Town's new All Hazards Working Group,
an ad-hoc committee that will operate under the auspices of the Town's Homeland
discussed at the workshop included:
What area or areas within the Town could be impacted by a hazard and what are
the chances of the hazard triggering another hazard, causing a cascade
A prediction of how often a hazard will occur in the future. These include
rare events, infrequent events, regular events and frequent
Based on the worst-case event, must assess impacts on people, private property
and community infrastructure.
was also held on the warning times of incidents; how long the incidents last and
finally, the time it takes to stabilize after an incident.
Last year, Town Board members
formally accepted a revised and expanded Emergency Preparedness Plan that
provides support and guidance to those who play integral roles in assisting the
Town when responding to any emergency or disaster. The updated Plan includes the
addition of a Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Appendix; a revised chain
of command; and a new design and layout to enhance communication and
"Three years ago, our perception and
understanding of emergency planning and preparedness changed forever,"
Supervisor Petrone said. Many of these terms were familiar to only emergency
responders and government officials. Today, these terms are part of everyone's
The Town will submit the All Hazards
Plan to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Suffolk County Fire, Rescue
and Emergency Services by November.