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Emergency Planning: All Hazards

All hazards
Emergency preparedness requires attention not just to specific hazards but also to steps that increase preparedness for any type of hazard. OEM also takes an all-hazards approach to preparedness and has plans and protocols that can be applied to any emergency. Below is a sample of the City’s all-hazards emergency plans.

Animal emergency services
The Disaster Animal Response Plan describes a coordinated response to companion and service animal health and safety issues during a disaster. Strategies include search and rescue, sheltering, veterinary care, reunification, fostering, and adoption.

Commodity distribution
The Commodity Distribution Point Plan outlines how life-sustaining commodities (i.e., food and water) are distributed to the public when the normal supply chain cannot deliver these goods.

Downed trees removal
The Downed Trees Emergency Protocol establishes the roles and responsibilities of New York City agencies and utility providers for tree removal following a severe weather emergency that results in a large number of downed trees.

Debris removal
The Debris Management Plan provides organizational structure, guidance, and standardized procedures for debris clearance, removal, and disposal.

The Area Evacuation Plan is activated following any large-scale, no-notice incident to coordinate the evacuation of one or more New York City neighborhoods.

In March 2009, OEM released New York City's first FEMA-approved Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, a guideline for protecting New York City from the effects of natural hazards. The Hazard Mitigation Plan is available here.

Power outages
The Power Disruption Plan describes a coordinated response to widespread and non-routine power disruptions that could jeopardize life and property in New York City. OEM also has a Damage Assessment and Power Restoration (DAPR) Protocol to implement field operations that will rapidly assess damage sustained to structures and the power system, and coordinate restoration of utility service and repair of damaged homes and businesses.

Resources/Mutual aid
When activated, the Logistics Center is responsible for coordinating resource management and movement control, including the identification, sourcing, delivery, staging, distribution, and demobilization of resources.

Social services
The Disaster Assistance Service Center Plan describes a coordinated operation that centralizes economic and social service programs provided by governmental and nongovernmental organizations during the recovery phase of an emergency incident. Similarly, the Family Assistance Center (FAC) Plan is based on the same concept but is activated following a mass fatality incident.

Special needs services
Through the Advance Warning System, OEM pushes targeted emergency information to individuals with special needs through the governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations that work closely with them as clients.

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