Last week, Gov. Cuomo announced the launch of “NY Responds,” which is intended to be a “a comprehensive new approach for coordinating and strengthening the State’s emergency preparedness.”

NY Responds includes:

  • making “Universal Statewide Emergency Management Software” available to every county in the state;
  • incorporating real time “incident and asset tracking,” to “enable faster development of a common operating picture”;
  • expanding the state’s stockpile of emergency response resources with an additional $50 million worth of equipment, including 130 SWAT plow trucks, 62 tow blowers, 16 snow plows, 16 loaders, 11 graders, 10 medium dump trucks with plows, eight truck blowers, and two high axel vehicles;
  • providing “real-time weather forecasting and modeling through the New York State Early Warning Weather Detection System (Mesonet)”; and
  • the new New York State Multi-Agency Coordination (MAC) Forward Operations Plan, which establishes clear lines of communication between the state Emergency Operations Center in Albany and local elected officials.

Gov. Cuomo said:

“Through NY Responds, every county in this state will have access to first-class emergency management technology, which will help both local and state officials stay as informed and coordinated as possible when responding to difficult situations. This is part of how we are building this state to be stronger and smarter than ever before.”