Emergency Management

Cayuga County Emergency Management



The Emergency Management Office is a dynamic work area. Each task that is being performed is for the greater good of the entire County. Each day, the office works to answer the question “what if”.

Critical incidents and events happen all around us every day.  Every local community and citizen needs to be prepared for the many potential man made and natural hazard threats.

Every event that occurs locally, in the State, in the Nation and across the Globe, guide us to plan for something or anything similar here. Does this mean that we are ready for everything? Not for everything, but we strive to stay ahead of the threats.

When incidents / events do occur, the Emergency Management Office is a driving force in response and recovery.

The Emergency Management Office works collaborativley with our communities and our local, state, and federal partners in emergency preparedness and mitigation planning, and enguages those same partners to strengthen our collective ability to respond to and recover from any event that may occur.

County Office Building Hours

County Office Hours: 
Jan 1st - June 30th, Sept 1st - Dec 31st
Mon-Fri 9:00am - 5:00pm

July 1st - August 31st
Mon-Fri 8:00am - 4:00pm

Dept. of Motor Vehicles Hours:
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Directions to County Office Building
160 Genesee Street Auburn, NY 13021

Comprehensive Emergency Planning


Responding to and recovering from disasters is a complex undertaking.  A comprehensive approach to emergency management saves lives and minimizes property damage.  It emphasizes the interrelationship of activities, functions, and expertise necessary to deal with emergencies.  The Cayuga County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan ensures that the County can efficiently and effectively manage emergency/disaster situations.

Review the Cayuga County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP)

The Cayuga County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) is a sectional management tool based on four operational concepts that aid our office in efficiently dealing with emergencies or disasters. These Operational Concepts of emergency management are:

  • Preparedness
  • Mitigation (Risk Reduction)
  • Response
  • Recovery

Preparedness - Is the act of getting or being prepared.  Individuals and communities should take the necessary steps that will best provide early awareness and sustained (72 hour) self-sufficiency before an emergency or disaster occurs.

Risk Reduction - Is the act of planning or predetermining preventative and mitigation actions that can minimize impacts of an emergency or disaster prior to their occurrence.

Response - Is the act of taking steps or immediate actions when, and in some cases shortly before an emergency materializes. For example, receipt of advisories regarding floods, blizzards, or ice storms that could impact the jurisdiction may begin an increased readiness response phase.

Recovery - Is the act of taking steps necessary to restore a local community or the County to the pre-disaster state.

Along with the CEMP, are many annexes, which are functional and hazard specific operational guides.  These annexes are designed as stand alone plans that work in concert with the overriding management tool (the CEMP).   

The CEMP and annexes are “living” documents.  As conditions change or emergencies and disasters occur in the County, State and the Nation, the CEMP and Annexes are modified to meet the evolving emergency management needs of Cayuga County.


Emergency / Disaster Preparedness

Public awareness of emergency situations and the ability of the public to appropriately react in a prompt and effective manner is of the utmost importance.  When a disaster or large emergency occurs, Emergency Responders cannot be everywhere at once.  We rely on the residents of Cayuga County to be self sufficient for up to three days.  For more information on how to prepare for an emergency or disaster click on the following links and visit these web sites.

     FEMA Website

     National Weather Service Preparedness

     NY-Alert Notification & Warning System

     NY Citizens Preparedness Corps


Pre-Planning for Emergencies / Disaster:

Pre-planning and being prepared in the event of an emergency is important for every citizen. A serious weather event, such as an ice storm could result in a power outage. Each household should be prepared to be self-sufficient for 72 hours.

Things to consider . . . a power outage means
•   No cordless phones
•   No ATM machines
•   No gasoline pumps
•   No water pumps (especially if using well water)
•   No power for home health care equipment

Be Prepared, create a Family Emergency Plan and a Disaster Supply Kit.  Reach out to neighbors and friends before an emergency.  Volunteer within you communities to help BEFORE the time comes

Family Emergency Plan 

Make sure your family has a plan in case of an emergency. Before an emergency happens, sit down together and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency. Keep a copy of the plan in your emergency supply kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster. Click the following link to open, fill out and save an editable FAMILY EMERGENCY PLAN and please, keep it up to date.

Disaster Supplies Kit

Every family should "build" a Disaster Supply Kit.  It is part of your family emergency plan and should have the essential items necessary to, in simplest terms sustain your family for a minimum of 72 hours.  It is likely, in a Disaster with high demands being placed on public safety and public service agancies, that you may have to maintain self-sufficient for a period of time.  Click the following link to open a list of essential componenets of a DISASTER SUPPLY KITYou can save it, update it, and keep it with your Family Emergency Plan. 

Discussion Points Checklist 

In addition to the Family Emergency Plan and Disaster Supply Kit, a "checklist" has been compiled to assist you in furthering discussion with your family regarding the Family Emergency Plan and Emergency Preparedness. Please keep in mind that these are suggested "talking points" and should not be considered all inclusive or required. The Cayuga County Office of Emergency Service did not intend this list to be required or to replace parental judgment. It is intended to be a support tool, and to keep our communities "thinking about" the need to continue family emergency planning.  The "checklist" of Discussion Points is located on the final page of the Family Emergency Plan. 

Cayuga County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

The Cayuga County LEPC is made up of volunteers that represent a cross section of our community, our stakeholders.  These community stakeholders work hand-in-hand with the County Emergency Management Office to plan and prepare for natural and man made emergencies and disasters in Cayuga County.  Being part of the LEPC offers the opportunity to become intimately involved in the process that is Emergency Management. 

To become part of the Local Emergency Planning Committee please contact the LEPC at

Cayuga County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES)

The Cayuga County RACES Unit is a group of volunteer amateur radio operators that provide amateur radio communications in support of emergency management. RACES is employed during planned events, emergencies, & disasters when normal communications systems have sustained damage or additional communications pathways are necessary.  

If you would like to learn more about RACES and the role that they play in Emergency Management and disaster communications please contact the Office of Emergency Services at

Cayuga County Auxilliary Police Unit

The Cayuga County Auxiliary Police are a Special Operations Unit that supports County Emergency Management.  During emergencies, the Unit is activated to provide on-site security for the Emergency Operations Center, shelters, feeding centers, and any other setting where a law enforcement presence is necessary and their presence can relieve law enforcement personnel from County, City or Village police agencies for other duties and responsibilities.   The Unit is frequently requested to support security and traffic management at pre-planned events as well.

If you would like to learn more about the Auxilliary Police Unit, and the role that they play in Emergency Management please contact the Office of Emergency Services at