emergency management

Emergency Management

Extreme Heat

Extreme Heat often results in the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. In most of the United States, extreme heat is defined as a long period (2 to 3 days) of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees. In extreme heat, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. This can lead to death by overworking the human body. Remember that:

  • Extreme heat can occur quickly and without warning.
  • Older adults, children, and sick or overweight individuals are at greater risk from extreme heat.
  • Humidity increases the feeling of heat as measured by a heat index.


  • Find air conditioning.
  • Avoid strenuous activities.
  • Watch for heat illness.
  • Wear light clothing.
  • Check on family members and neighbors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car.


Prepare NOW

  • Find places in your community where you can go to get cool.
  • Keep your home cool by doing the following:
    • Cover windows with drapes or shades.
    • Weather-strip doors and windows.
    • Use window reflectors, such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.
    • Add insulation to keep the heat out.
    • Use attic fans to clear hot air.
    • Install window air conditioners and insulate around them.
  • Learn to recognize the signs of heat-related illness.


  • Never leave a child, adult, or animal alone inside a vehicle on a warm day.
  • Find places with air conditioning. Libraries, shopping malls, and community centers can provide a cool place to take a break from the heat.
  • If you’re outside, find shade. Wear a hat wide enough to protect your face.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. If you or someone you care for is on a special diet, ask a doctor how best to accommodate it.
  • Do not use electric fans when the temperature outside is more than 95 degrees, as this could increase the risk of heat-related illness. Fans create air flow and a false sense of comfort, but do not reduce body temperature.
  • Avoid high-energy activities.
  • Check yourself, family members, and neighbors for signs of heat-related illness.


Know the signs of heat-related illness and the ways to respond to it:

    • Signs: Muscle pains or spasms in the stomach, arms, or legs
    • Actions: Go to a cooler location. Remove excess clothing. Take sips of cool sports drinks with salt and sugar. Get medical help if cramps last more than an hour.
    • Signs: Heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, or fainting
    • Actions: Go to an air-conditioned place and lie down. Loosen or remove clothing. Take a cool bath. Take sips of cool sports drinks with salt and sugar. Get medical help if symptoms get worse or last more than an hour.
    • Signs: Extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees) taken orally; red, hot, and dry skin with no sweat; rapid, strong pulse; dizziness; confusion; or unconsciousness

Actions: Call 911 or get the person to a hospital immediately. Cool down with whatever methods are available until medical help arrives.


Deadline Alert for New York Small Businesses to Apply for SBA Working Capital Loans is July 9. (PDF)

The Seneca County Office of Emergency Management would like to inform you of a press release issued today by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The USBA is reminding New York businesses that loans are still available for businesses, agricultural cooperatives and private nonprofit organizations affected by the severe storms and flooding on August 13-14, 2018 and that the deadline to apply is July 9!

For additional details and information, please click on the link below to see the original press release from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

2018 Seneca County Flood Event:

Open House being held at Sampson State Park until 8 pm Thursday night for those affected by flooding

People asking for flood assistance should dial the NY disaster hotline at 800-339-1759

To Seneca and Schuyler County residents affected by the recent flooding:

We are working to organize a long-term plan to address the debris management needs of the affected residents of the two counties. Crews have been working long hours on the roads and lake to clear the debris. The public roads have mostly been cleared and are close to normal function.

We would like to get an accurate accounting of how many homes are in need and the extent of the assistance needed. If you are in need, please call 211 and provide them with your name, an exact address, and a description of the assistance needed, I.E.: there are trees and debris in my driveway or yard.

Although this storm struck fast, the cleanup will take some time. We all need to work together to accomplish the goal of getting back to normal. If you know a seasonal resident please pass this information along to them.

We appreciate all of the efforts of the residents of Seneca and Schuyler counties and the emergency personnel and public works employees who were there during the storm and since.

Thank You.

Red Cross to Distribute Flood Relief Supplies:

Volunteers from the American Red Cross will distribute free cleanup kits and other flood relief supplies at three sites on Thursday and Friday, with mobile distribution of additional supplies on Friday. The Red Cross is coordinating the activities in partnership with Schuyler and Seneca counties.

Across the area, Red Cross volunteers are working around the clock to deliver relief. They’re coordinating with community partners to distribute items such as comfort kits with personal hygiene items,  cleaning supplies, and bottled water. Trained workers are also providing health services and emotional support for people coping with the trauma of this event.

On Thursday, Aug. 23 and Friday, Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Relief Supplies, Health Services, Mental Health Services, Spiritual Care and Client Casework will be provided at the following locations:

Schuyler County:
Health and Human Services
323 Owego St., Montour Falls

Presbyterian Church
5511 NY-414, Hector

Seneca County:
Lodi Volunteer Fire Department
8557 S. Main St., Lodi

On Friday, Aug. 24 volunteers in Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles will distribute supplies to residents in the area of Sheldrake Point in the Seneca County community of Ovid.

You can help people affected by disasters like floods and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.


Seneca County All Hazard Mitigation Plan.


Seneca County’s Emergency Management provides a County-wide emergency management program, leadership, continuity and direction to enable Seneca County to respond to, recover from and mitigate the impact of natural, man-made or technological disasters upon the people or property of Seneca County.

No public or private entity is immune to disasters and no single segment of society can meet the complex needs of a major emergency or disaster on its own. Seneca County Emergency Management provides a comprehensive, integrated program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, for emergencies/disasters of any kind.

In the Seneca County community there are various groups who perform vital Emergency Management dedicated to protecting health, safety and well being of the people. Police, Firefighters, Emergency Medical and health personnel, public works, human/social service agencies and departments, all play a key role in response to emergencies/disasters. These are the first responders who, both paid and volunteer, put their own lives on the line to save others.


Historically, none of these emergency service groups or individuals had the legal responsibility to organize all of the others in the community. No single group has the responsibility to work closely with all the other groups and individuals to develop, implement and test a comprehensive emergency operations plan. Also, no single group is
responsible to see that during an emergency/disaster, the collective response of all emergency service departments and agencies will be effectively coordinated.

Seneca County Emergency Management was created as the lead agency or entity, to coordinate multi-organizational community planning, response and recovery. Through Emergency Management, effective partnerships are created and nurtured in advance of a disaster through the development of a proactive, comprehensive emergency operations plan. During a disaster, response and recovery efforts are coordinated from an Emergency Operations Center that is staffed by personnel and representatives from all emergency service departments and agencies involved in operations.

Functions of Emergency Management:

  • Provides emergency leadership to county & Village officials, agencies, partners and the public.
  • Manages the county’s Emergency Operations Center and 24/7 warning center.
  • Enhances emergency capabilities.
  • Provides emergency planning.
  • Conducts training and exercise programs.
  • Coordinates disaster recovery activities.
  • Manages the county’s Citizen Corps program.
  • Activates Emergency Alert Network (EAN)
  • Manages the County’s Homeland Security Program
  • Manages the County’s Fire Investigation Team
  • Manages the County’s Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team

Downloadable Forms: