Last week, Gov. Cuomo announced that the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ (DHSES) Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has completed the Phase One rollout of NY Responds, the state’s updated approach to disaster response and recovery. The improvements include an enhanced incident management system as well as training in and access to Mutualink, a new technology solution that integrates telephone, radio, video and file sharing into one, interoperable application.

In Phase Two, which is expected to begin in 2016, DHSES will make further upgrades to the incident management system adding improved geographic information systems, weather forecasting and modeling, additional Mutualink features, asset and inventory management, and notifications and alerting.

Gov. Cuomo said:

“NY Responds is transforming and strengthening the way this state responds to disasters and other emergency situations. This new approach is key in executing a coordinated response which helps communities stay better informed when an emergency situation occurs and recover more quickly.”