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The Town of Cheektowaga Office of Emergency Services was created in 1981.

Emergency management or disaster management is a science and a system charged with creating the framework within which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters. 

Emergency management, despite its name, does not actually focus on the management of emergencies, which can be understood as minor events with limited impacts and are managed through the day-to-day functions of a community.

Instead, emergency management focuses on the management of disasters, which are events that produce more impacts than a community can handle on its own.

The management of disasters tends to require some combination of activity from individuals and households, organizations, local, and/or higher levels of government.

Although many different terminologies exist globally, the activities of emergency management can be generally categorized into preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery, although other terms such as disaster risk reduction and prevention are also common. The outcome of emergency management is to prevent disasters and where this is not possible, to reduce their harmful impacts.

In 2006, with the help of our Police Department, we formed the Town of Cheektowaga Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) We now have 34 members on our team.

In an EMERGENCY call 911 or Cheektowaga Police Dispatch (716)686-3501. Dispatch can help direct you to the proper department or advice you of current assistance already in place.

September is National Preparedness Month

What is an Emergency Preparedness Calculator

Whether you need to know how many beans it will take to get your family through 72 hours or are thinking of setting up your own prep calculator, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has an excellent example of how residents can easily individualize their preparedness kits. Site visitors, simply enter the number of family members by age range and the calculator tells them how much food and water to store—and gives them a check list of other needs as a bonus.  Emergency Preparedness Kit Calculator (Link)

How to Prepare for a Winter Storm, Extreme Heat or Flooding

FEMA’s website offers guidance on what to do, how to stay safe and HOW TO PREPARE for such emergencies  – visit

Official website of the Department of Homeland Security offers: “be-informed”

Active Shooter information, Cybersecurity or Power Outages
Ready yourself now so your prepared later

Erie County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Planmore information


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