Emergency Management

The goal of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is to lead disaster planning; disseminate upcoming storm actions; coordinate emergency operations for larger hazard events such as floods; establish a secure office in City Hall with connection to back up power; and connect to the County, State and, if necessary, Federal groups involved in emergency management.

Description of Services
The OEM is responsible for planning for disaster recovery and training applicable responders in disaster planning; providing training on new critical emergency communications equipment such as satellite capability for weather and emergency communications; aiding in establishment of agreements for related organizations and vendors to provide post-disaster services; coordinating with the  Long Island Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (LIVOAD) of Nassau County to streamline efforts and maximize coverage; coordinating fire, police, and emergency service personnel and equipment; preparing emergency response logistics for large events; Resiliency Design Guidelines, in English and Spanish, to educate homeowners on resiliency, elevation, and sustainability options in a neighborhood context; and establishing a protected and secure office in City Hall and outfit with emergency office equipment.

Upon completion, the OEM will operate the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on the sixth-floor of City Hall. The EOC will establish a protected and secure office in City Hall and outfit with emergency office equipment, including electrical panels tied to a roof-top generator, fixed emergency communication console, and hard wired telecommunication systems. During emergency events, the office will be staffed with City, County and State officials, as well as utility providers to restore service to residents. The project was fully funded by the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery as a proposed project in the Long Beach Community Reconstruction Plan developed with community input in 2014, which will help the city bridge communication gaps after Superstorm Sandy.

Both vulnerable populations and the population at-large, served through enhanced disaster planning and increased emergency capability, will benefit.