Emergency Management Division

The Emergency Management Division (EMD) is a part of the Rochester Fire Department. The Mayor has designated a Deputy Fire Chief Officer of the City of Rochester Fire Department to serve as the city’s Emergency Manager.  The EMD works to ensure the City of Rochester is ready for any kind of emergency.  EMD works with organizations throughout the City to prepare for possible emergencies in the City, lessen their impact, and recover as quickly as possible.


  •  To meet our mission, the EMD is responsible for:
  •  Teaches the public how to prepare for emergencies such as the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  •  Develops public safety plans for major events within the City.
  •  Oversees development of the City’s plans for large-scale emergencies and disasters.
  •  Conducts training and exercises to test the effectiveness of plans and policies.
  •  Collects, analyzes, and disseminates incident information.
  •  Coordinates and supports responses to and recovery from emergencies.


These are just a few items that the EMD is responsible for.

During a disaster, local government and disaster-relief organizations will try to help you, but you need to be ready as well.  First responders may not be able to reach you immediately, or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere.  We ask that you prepare yourself for our common area emergency.  Please use our local links to help prepare you and your family. If you have any questions please contact 311.

Local Links:

Emergency Kit Power Outage Snow Emergencies

 Other Links:

New York State Emergency Management

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA: Are your Ready (An online guildbook to emergency preparedness)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Emergency Preparedness and Response

American Red Cross

National Safety Council

Seniors | Ready.gov

Ready.gov Plan Ahead for Disasters

(FEMA) Spanish Materials