Local Emergency Management Programs
Wilbert E. Bailey, Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator & National Incident Management System Point of Contact
Matthew J. Bubenko, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator
David L. Senior, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator
Joanne Wright, Damage Assessment
Emergency Management is a legal responsibility and function of local, county, state and federal government.Over the past two decades, federal and state laws were amended to include natural, technological and man-made disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery programs. National attention to emergency management began in the early 1950s with emphasis on civil defense or enemy attack preparedness.
Pennsylvania’s Emergency Management Services Code (35 Pa. C. S. Section 7101-7707) became law in 1978 and replaced the State Council of Civil Defense Act of 1951. The 1978 Act consolidated existing state laws and updated the role of emergency management within the Commonwealth. Amendments to this Act in 1988 and 1989 further focused the role of emergency management personnel, organizations and responsibilities.
Emergency Management CoordinatorThe coordinator works for and is responsible to the municipal elected officials who set the direction, programs and policies for emergency management in our community. The duties and responsibilities of municipal coordinators, on behalf of their elected officials, are outlined in Chapter 75 of Title 35 and are summarized as follows:
Emergency Management DivisionThe Emergency Management Division is made up of personell trained in areas which could be called upon by an emergency. Pennsylvania Statutes require that every municipality maintains an Emergency Management function, and charges each municipality with the responsibility of managing any emergency which occurs within its borders. Somerset County, the state of Pennsylvania and the Federal Government can all provide assistance at such a time, they only do so upon request and after the municipality has exhausted its resources.
The Emergency Management Division reports to our Elected Officials through our Emergency Management Coordinator. Members can provide the Elected Officials and the community with a broad variety of services, any one or all which may be called upon during an emergency. Included in those services are communications within the Division, with First Responders and County officials.
Emergency Special Needs SurveyPlease click on this Emergency Special Needs Survey link and complete the Emergency Special Needs Survey.
Complying With The National Incident Management SystemThe Division Of Emergency Management is utilizing the National Incident Management System (NIMS) which provides a consistent nationwide approach for governments to work effectively and efficiently together to prepare for, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents.
Quemahoning Dam has been classified by the Department of Environmental Protection. The classification and Notice are available at the Paint Township Municipal Building. An Emergency Action Plan has been prepared by the Cambria Somerset Authority for Quemahoning Dam.
M.H. Bigan Dam:
M.H. Bigan Dam has been classified by the Department of Environmental Protection. An Emergency Action Plan has been prepared for the M.H. Bigan Dam.
Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation PlanPaint Township is part of the Somerset County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (Final is now available). Click here for a digital copy.
Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps
To help residents and busineses to be better prepared for the risk of flooding, the Department of Community and Economic Development has launched a website containing the new Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Click this link which contains a digital version of FEMA's floodplain maps which were established to designate specific areas that are special hazards or risk premium zones in order to determine whether flood insurance is required. The site provides information to municipal officials, residents and insurance agencies and brokers. It also alerts users to the potential risks and responsibilities associated with being located in a floodplain.
Online Training You Can DoThere are online sites where you can read about emergency concepts and what you can do to help. The IS-22 independent study course is a Citizens guide to emergency preparedness. If you are interested, this is the starting point.
FEMA Independent Study Program offers many other courses dealing with different topics.
Disasters Affect EveryoneEmergencies are not just limited to adults. Disasters affect everyone. And so it takes everyone - Youth, parents, and community members - to help prepare. Ready.gov provides wonderful information to help youth, parents, and educators prepare.
Other LinksPennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA)
A Priviate Social Network For Our Neighboorhood: NextdoorNextdoor is being used by the Paint Township Community and the Division of Emergency Management to facilitate virtual neighborhood watch and foster neighbor-to-neighbor communications.
Nextdoor is a tool for us to effectively share information on crime prevention and safety, public events and emergency notifications. You can expect to receive local updates from the Division of Emergency Management on Nextdoor. Please be assured that your website remains private. Paint Township staff will NOT be able to see any of the content on your neighborhood website except for the direct replies to our posts.
Please be aware that Nextdoor is not the appropriate way to request emergency services, police services, report criminal or suspicious activity, file a report, etc. If you require emergency services, please call 911.
We look forward to connecting with you on Nextdoor to build stronger, safer neighborhoods throughout Paint Township.
Click on Certification Links to view:All certificates are in PDF format. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view certificates. Click graphic below to download the free Reader. Basic Certification, Advanced Certification
Matthew J. Bubenko, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator.
David L. Senior, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator.
Ray Zimmerman, Communications Officer.
Joanne Wright, Damage Assessment. Certificate: Initial Damage Reporting.