Putnam County, along with its towns and villages, are in the process of developing a Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP)

Putnam County, along with its towns and villages, are in the process of developing a Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP).  This plan is required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in order to be eligible for federal grant funding for public and private mitigation projects.   The HMP provides a “blueprint” by which local governments can make coordinated, cost-effective efforts towards reducing losses from natural hazards such as flooding, severe storms, severe winter storms, and wildfires.  Available funding can support projects such as drainage improvements, structural elevations, and backup power for schools and critical facilities.  To find out more, review the draft plan and have the opportunity to provide input, please visit our project website at http://www.putnamhmp.comand take our citizen preparedness and mitigation survey at




Putnam County Long Term Recovery Coalition is here to help in a disaster. Click here for more information

Putnam County Long Term Recovery Coalition

Is here to help…

The mission of the Putnam County Long Term Recovery Coalition (PCLTRC) is to collaboratively identify and assist with the unmet needs of Putnam County residents impacted by local disasters.

The PCLTRC is a member organization comprised of local faith-based, not-for-profit, governmental and business representatives designed to provide coordinated management of long-term recovery assistance to residents of Putnam County who have been affected by a local disaster and have exhausted all available insurance, government and personal resources.

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If you would like more information, please contact Putnam County Long Term Recovery Coalition at 845-278-8021 or email at

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The Putnam County Fire Chiefs Association
Will be hosting

The Putnam County Fire Chiefs Association RV Training  9-20-14

On Saturday, September 20th 2014 – from 9 – 3 @ TOPS
Presented By Steven Raye
Past Chief, Wantage Township, NJ Fire Department

This is not your father’s old camper. Explore the unique hazards associated with recreational vehicle fires and other RV emergencies. Improper nomenclature confuses RV’s, either towable or drivable, (portable temporary living units) with mobile homes (full time residents). Different styles of construction for all classes of RV’s will be covered. Recreational vehicles pose an extra level of hazard compared to automobile or structure fires. The close proximity of the fuels on board along with the presence of 110 VAC “house current” and 12 VDC “auto power” compound the concern. Unknown ignition sources can also blow a bad situation out of control quickly. Disconnecting the battery, if you know where to look, is not always the answer. Hazardous materials inherent to RV appliances will also be covered and how to best handle the exposure. The axe is not always the best tool for entry, hand tools carried on your apparatus, might better serve your entry needs. A concise explanation of construction, concerns of fuels such as LP gas, unseen hazards and ignition sources prepare attendees for the critiquing of recent RV fire videos.
The incident commander, the operations officer and the front line responder will all benefit from this class for safe extrication or extinguishment strategies.
The NFPA, fire departments, RV repair shops, and insurance carriers estimate there are approximately 6,300 RV fires annually. Deaths resulting from RV fires are estimated at 5 to 20 each year.

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Let’s keep firefighters out of these statistics.
RV’s are everywhere in our response areas:
On Saturday, September 20th 2014 – from 9 – 3 @ TOPS

If you or your department has access to an RV – Please bring to class – Lunch will be served.


Survey for Video Conferencing Grant

The Bureau of Emergency Services is preparing to apply for a grant that will provide for the purchase of video conferencing equipment that will be installed at many of the county’s fire departments and ambulance corps headquarters.  This will allow many training programs to be conducted through distance learning.   The information in the following survey is needed from all fire and EMS agencies in order to apply for the grant.  Please fill out and return to your coordinator as soon as possible.

Survey (all 3 pages):


Preparedness Planning for Your Business – Hurricane Preparedness

Preparedness Planning for Your Business

Businesses can do much to prepare for the impact of the many hazards they face in today’s world including natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and widespread serious illness such as the H1N1 flu virus pandemic. Human-caused hazards include accidents, acts of violence by people and acts of terrorism. Examples of technology-related hazards are the failure or malfunction of systems, equipment or software.

Ready Business will assist businesses in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards. This website and its tools utilize an “all hazards approach” and follows the program elements within National Fire Protection Association 1600, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs. NFPA 1600 is an American National Standard and has been adopted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The five steps in developing a preparedness program are:


  • Program Management
    • Organize, develop and administer your preparedness program
    • Identify regulations that establish minimum requirements for your program
  • Planning
    • Gather information about hazards and assess risks
    • Conduct a business impact analysis (BIA)
    • Examine ways to prevent hazards and reduce risks
  • Implementation
    Write a preparedness plan addressing:

    • Resource management
    • Emergency response
    • Crisis communications
    • Business continuity
    • Information technology
    • Employee assistance
    • Incident management
    • Training
  • Testing and Exercises
    • Test and evaluate your plan
    • Define different types of exercises
    • Learn how to conduct exercises
    • Use exercise results to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan
  • Program Improvement
    • Identify when the preparedness program needs to be reviewed
    • Discover methods to evaluate the preparedness program
    • Utilize the review to make necessary changes and plan improvements

Get more details here!

Source : FEMA