Since 1979, with the establishment of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Civil Defense has become known as Emergency Management. The concept for handling all disasters, both natural and manmade and their consequences is called Comprehensive Emergency Management. The goal of Emergency Management is to save lives, prevent injuries, and protect property and the environment if an emergency occurs.
The functions of Yonkers Office of Emergency Management include:
1) Emergency response and the coordination of resources
2) Emergency planning – maintaining and updating Citywide response plans.
3) Recruitment and training of volunteers for the following programs:
The Office of Emergency Management- Support Services – Volunteers who provide support at fires and special events. (Applications are no longer being accepted)
C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) The elite volunteer unit. Students attend an 8 week training academy prior to field deployments. Students have access to exclusive training and events. (Applications are being accepted for Academy # 5)
Many people have expressed their feelings of apprehension and uncertainty because of a lack of information on what to do if a terrorist incident or other disaster strikes. The Office of Emergency Management provides free emergency preparedness programs to the residents of Yonkers. The goal of these emergency preparedness presentations is to engage citizens in making their neighborhoods safer, stronger, and better prepared for all situations through education and training.
Yonkers Office of Emergency Management