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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: Work involves the planning, recruiting, equipping, training and implementation of the county emergency management program, as well as coordination of emergency management forces, subject to plans, regulations and orders of the State Disaster Preparedness Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Additional responsibilities include planning and supervising the activities of the Indian Point Radiological Emergency Preparedness Plan. Work is performed under general direction of the Director of Emergency Management. Supervision is exercised over the work of volunteers participating in emergency management. Performs related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:  (Illustrative only)

  • Formulates plans and programs by which the emergency management jurisdiction may carry out properly its emergency management responsibilities as required by law and by the plans, regulations and orders of the State Disaster Preparedness Commission and Federal Emergency Management Agency;
  • Directs the recruitment, organization, training and equipping of volunteers in the various phases of emergency management activities;
  • Analyzes the need for and directs the procurement of facilities, equipment and services required for the carrying out of a comprehensive program;
  • Conducts periodic meetings with local officials to review emergency management problems, procedures, directives, the coordination of local programs, etc.;
  • Participates in meetings called by the State Emergency Management Director, Regional Federal Emergency Management Director and meets with directors and staffs of other Counties;
  • Promotes emergency management activities through meetings with business, industry, civic and other community organizations, directs the distribution of emergency management literature and directs the utilization of county public information, education and training.
  • Establishes a workable and practical emergency management warning and information system within his jurisdiction capable of receiving warnings of, impending natural disaster or radioactive fallout and disseminating these warnings quickly and accurately to key officials of his area, to emergency management forces and to the public;
  • Assists the Director, and in his absence directs the implementation of the shelter, home preparedness and other programs designed to keep residents informed in all matters necessary to personal and public safety in the event of a natural or man made disaster such as Indian Point;
  • In event of emergencies assists, or acts as the Director in his absence and performs and directs emergency management operations within his jurisdiction;
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.

Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS Thorough knowledge of organizational practices; thorough knowledge of command and control methods; good knowledge of recruitment, equipping and training methods; good knowledge of organization of government, particularly state and local; familiarity with disaster control methods; ability to effectively organize for large scale operations; ability to conduct promotional and public relations activities; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; tact; initiative; sound judgment; integrity; resourcefulness.


  1. Bachelor's degree and five (5) years of paid or verifiable volunteer experience in emergency planning and response preparation, fire coordination, emergency medical services or a related activity, one year of which shall have included extensive experience working with database based computer systems; or
  2. Associate's degree and seven (7) years of experience as above; or
  3. Graduation from high school and ten (10) years of experience as stated above; or
  4. An equivalent combination of training and experience as indicated above.

PLEASE NOTE: Your degree must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secretary of Education.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: May be required to attend specified training courses upon appointment.


10/01; 4/03; 1/09

Competitive Class

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to administer, in a fair and equitable manner, the provisions of New York State Civil Service Law and Putnam County Civil Service Rules with respect to the offices and employments in the classified service of Putnam County and the civil divisions therein, which include the towns, villages, school districts, libraries and special districts.

It is Putnam County Personnel Department’s responsibility to ensure Putnam County taxpayers of a public workforce qualified for their jobs pursuant to the principles of selection according to merit and fitness as set forth in Article 5, §6 of the New York State Constitution.

  • Paul Eldridge

    Personnel Officer

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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