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Mayor De Blasio Appoints Joseph Esposito as Commissioner, NYC Office of Emergency Management

NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the appointment of Joseph Esposito to serve as New York City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Commissioner. As Commissioner of OEM, Esposito will be responsible for ensuring that New York City is fully prepared to respond to natural and man-made emergencies, coordinating disaster response among all city agencies, and properly educating city residents on disaster preparedness.

Thanksgiving Message to CERT Volunteers from NYC OEM

CERT members citywide received the following email from our leadership at the NYC Office of Emergency Management. Thanks for the acknowledgement, OEM, we were happy to help — and proud that we know how!

Help me, my husband and son are missing!

It was 6:50 a.m. on a Saturday morning and there we were, CERT volunteers, piling onto shuttle buses at OEM headquarters in Brooklyn or car-pooling from all over the city to participate in part two of NYC Resilience, a full-scale emergency response exercise that had begun the week before with a staged mass-casualty incident.

CERT “Victims” Bring Realistic Touch to Queens Disaster Drill

It looked like a scene from Night of the Living Dead, but these mangled bodies, gruesome though they looked wandering around in shock or sprawled in the middle of a busy Queens intersection this past Sunday, were very much alive.