Disaster Preparedness

Michael G. Kerl
Disaster Coordinator

John Gullo
Ass't Disaster Coordinator

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Phone: 558-3238

Fax: 677-4488

The Disaster Coordinator is to be notified should an emergency arise in the Town of West Seneca and assistance is required of the Department of Disaster Preparedness.

The Disaster Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator also can be notified through the West Seneca Police Dispatch Center. Both are equipped with portable radios on the Town of West Seneca Governmental frequency and have page capabilities.

The Office for Disaster Preparedness has created a handout that will help you and your family plan for a disaster. This Disaster Preparedness Handout will help you create a disaster plan, put together a first aid kit and gather the tools you will need to help you through a crisis.

Disaster Preparedness Handout PDF

Effective Disaster Control Operations are dependent upon the coordination and cooperation of Police, Fire and various other public and private Agencies that may be called upon to perform duties in conjunction with the occurrence. Each incident may differ by type, area, location, number of persons affected, and extent of damage; but the basic responsibilities of the involved Agencies remain the same, and the following Procedures are established.



  1. To provide for the development of plans representing detailed operational procedures by each and every resource service which may contribute to the preservation of life and protection of property.
  2. To predetermine disaster exposure whenever possible.
  3. To provide the protocol for requesting disaster assistance from County, State, and Federal Governments; as well as from other Local Governments.
  4. To provide for an organized response to extraordinary emergency disaster situations for the protection of life, health and property.
  5. To prescribe procedures for effectively coordinating the resources of all Departments and other Agencies in the event of disaster or other conditions beyond the control of the respective political subdivision that requires the combined action of the Town.
  6. To establish reasonable measures for recovery, assistance and restoration of services after disaster emergencies.



The Plan provides for early notification of responsible Departments and Agencies, evaluation of the severity of the disaster, the initiation of protective actions to safeguard life, health and property and the coordination of assistance furnished by Government, as well as volunteer, Agencies.


Identification and Types of Disaster

The ability to project the type, intensity and frequency of disasters likely to affect a Community is of tantamount importance. With this in mind, the Town Engineer, together with a Representative of the Fire Chiefs, Police, Railroads and Utilities, shall prepare a vulnerability report with map defining the areas of possible hazards such as floods, train wrecks involving hazardous materials, industrial explosions or toxic air contamination. The report shall become part of this Plan and shall further be disseminated to all Fire Companies, Police and other private Agencies.

For the purpose of categorizing disasters so procedures and Town resources can be mobilized, the following is established:

Limited Area Involvement pertains to multiple casualty and/or extensive destruction incident affecting a limited geographical area. Examples of possible occurrences of this nature would be:

  1. Fallen aircraft
  2. Public conveyance accidents
  3. Buildings involving fire, explosion or collapse
  4. Natural disaster affecting a limited geographical area

General Area Involvement pertains to large scale death and destruction covering a substantial area of the Community. Examples include:

  1. Floods
  2. Chemical spills
  3. Civil disorder
  4. Toxic air or water contamination

The limited area emergencies are normally those which Fire and Police Services and hospitals effectively deal with on a day-to-day basis. They may require mutual aid or joint assistance of emergency facilities; but not necessarily mobilization of the Town Disaster Plan.

In the second category, limited area situations that are progressive, with a heavy potential of danger, the Supervisor, after appropriate review and inquiry, shall declare an emergency and activate the Town Disaster Plan.