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Disaster Prevention Commitments/Actions

The Town of Amherst has a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan in place along with various local zoning regulations which were initiated after we became involved in the National Flood Insurance Program in 1984. Our Commissioner of Building is the Flood Plain Administrator for our Town, our Assistant Commissioner of Building is our Community Rating System Coordinator and we also have a full-time Emergency Services Coordinator who is responsible for emergency preparedness planning. We are updating our town’s Master Plan and, once completed, it will have taken into consideration mitigation activities, zoning, building codes, and local laws. We are currently working with the NYS Emergency Management Office on preparing our Flood Mitigation Plan which will help us to further reduce our Class 8 community rating. This plan is also being written to identify additional hazards in our community and the mitigation activities associated with these hazards. This year the Town of Amherst has been designated as a NYS Project Impact Community. We have had meetings with state, county, and town personnel to discuss the program and how we should proceed. On April 18, 2000 we had our Project Impact Kick-Off meeting where we had 30 representatives from various agencies and departments within our town in attendance along with 10 additional agencies (see attached sign-in sheets) who were unable to attend but very interested in becoming involved. We are in the final stages of developing our web-site which is intended to not only educate the public on what the Town of Amherst is doing but to link our site to additional Project Impact sites across the nation. We are placing literature on emergency preparedness in the public libraries, in our public buildings, and making handouts available when presentations are made to community groups. These are a few of the projects we have begun implementing to make the Town of Amherst a "Disaster Resistant Community".

About Amherst

The Town of Amherst was established in 1818 and celebrated its 200th Anniversary in 2018. The town has a geographical area of 53.6 square miles and a population of greater than 122,000.

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