The Oneida County Department of Emergency Services is the first operation of its kind to receive state accreditation.
The New York State Local Emergency Management Accreditation Program was outlined in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s ’s 2017 State of the State last month. Local emergency management offices must meet a series of 21 standards to obtain the accreditation. The state accreditation program is the first one in the nation.
“We found the accreditation process to be very valuable, and it is gratifying to be the first county in New York state to obtain the accreditation,” said Emergency Services Director Kevin Revere.
Based in Whitestown, his department oversees the emergency management office, the county fire coordinator office and the emergency communications 911 center,
“When we consolidated our 911 system and invested in emergency management it was with the goal to make Oneida County safer and more proficient when dealing with local emergencies,” said County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. “Today’s accreditation is a testament to that investment.”
The state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management and the state Emergency Management Association evaluated the county agency.
“I’m proud we can serve as a model for counties throughout the state and nation,” said Picente.
The county’s emergency management policies and practices met or exceeded the standards in all primary aspects of emergency management, including administration, training, citizen preparedness, use of the incident command system, emergency communications, NY Responds, damage assessment, debris management and incident recovery, according to the state.
Accreditation is valid for five years.