After conducting a rigorous review of Niagara County's Emergency Preparedness Program in late April, the New York State Department of Health has awarded Niagara County a perfect score for its efforts, Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel Stapleton has announced. This is the third time the Niagara County Emergency Preparedness Program received high marks for its program performance.
The past three annual reviews, conducted alternately by the NYSDOH Office of Emergency Preparedness and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention netted the Niagara County unit a 98 percent and two consecutive 100 percent scores.
The following is an excerpt from the 2012 State Review Report received late Thursday:
Overall Preparedness Score: 100 percent
"Niagara County continues to demonstrate exceptional work in preparedness. The attention to detail and completeness of their plans, attachments and reference materials is a model for other jurisdictions. Further, the county shows dedication to their partners and their customers in their remarkable work at outreach and inclusion of partners in their planning and response activities. Niagara County has a unique perspective of preparedness plans and has discovered innovative ways to merge all activities to maximize every response or activity. This forward thinking goes beyond a response requiring assets from the Strategic National Stockpile. Their SNS plan and associated documents meet the detail and requirements requested in the Local Technical Assistance Review Tool. Niagara County takes planning beyond the requirements and should continue to think forward and prepare for all-hazards responses. The county has a robust dispensing plan and is well prepared to respond to an emergency that may require activation of Points of Dispensing. The progress Niagara County has made by engaging their partners will allow them to adapt and respond to a number of possible activities requiring the Health Department to respond."
Niagara County expects another CDC review in November based on new requirements to be released this month.