Thank you for visiting the official blog of the New York State Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce(TERT)........TERT involves a comprehensive program that includes assistance to individual states in developing programs that would lead to the establishment of predetermined and selected trained teams of individuals who can be mobilized quickly and deployed to assist communications centers during disasters..........

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Final TERT training sessions of 2013 - Allegany County in November

We still have several openings remaining in the final TERT training sessions of 2013.

Sponsored by Allegany County 911, the "Deployment Awareness" and "Team Leader" classes are being held at the Allegany County 911 Center on November 14th and 15th respectively. The center is located at 4884 State Route 19, Amity, NY 14813

As always, the classes are being provided FREE OF CHARGE to staff members of New York State based PSAP's and Emergency Communications Centers.

To register or for more information, please e-mail

D. Jeremy DeMar, RPL, ENP, COML
New York State Deputy TERT Coordinator
NJTI Certified TERT Instructor

NY-TERT's newest certified TERT personnel (October 1 - 4, 2013 training class in New York City, sponsored by FDNY)

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Looking for a TERT training venue in the Southwestern portion of the state

If your agency is located in the Southwestern portion of the state and you'd be interested in hosting two days of TERT training in the Fall, please send an e-mail to New York State Deputy TERT Coordinator D. Jeremy DeMar, RPL, ENP a call at

President Declares Disaster for New York

President Declares Disaster for New York

Release date: July 12, 2013
Release Number: HQ-13-075
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of New York to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of June 28 to July 4, 2013.
The President's action makes federal funding available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding in Allegany, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Franklin, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Otsego, and Warren counties.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Regis Leo Phelan has been named as the Federal Coordinating

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Flooding across the state

Checked in with my state TERT contacts today, especially those in the flood prone areas of the state. Everyone seems to be doing all right so far. If your PSAP needs assistance, or you know of a neighboring PSAP that needs assistance, please have them drop me an e-mail at

D. Jeremy DeMar, RPL, ENP - New York State Deputy TERT Coordinator

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Orange County TERT Training - May 2013

NY-TERT's newest group of NJTI Certified Team Leaders
Orange County Class (May 2013)

Sunday, March 17, 2013

NY-TERT's newest Team Leaders

Please join me in welcoming NY-TERT's newest group of Certified Team Leaders:

Darlene Catteau          Wayne County
Greg DeWolf              Wayne County
Andrew Meyer            Wayne County
Brian Bennington        Monroe County
Gary Foster                  Ontario County
Marc E. Kasprzak        Niagara County Sheriffs
Charles Vitale              Monroe County
Kenneth Keirn             Monroe County
Brandon Pugliese        Monroe County
Deborah Morrill          Monroe County
Sheri Landers              Monroe County
David LaForce II         Monroe County
James Tripp                 Genesee County

Congratulations Team Leaders!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Fall 2013 NYC TERT Training scheduled

NY-TERT Training Announcement: The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) is sponsoring four days of TERT training in the Big Apple, October 1, 2, 3, and 4, 2013. Training will be held at the FDNY Fire Academy. There will be two TERT Deployment Awareness classes and two TERT Team Leader classes. Registration is free to members of NYS PSAP's and Emergency Communications Centers. E-mail for more information or to register. - D. Jeremy DeMar, RPL, ENP - New York State Deputy TERT Coordinator

Friday, February 8, 2013

Governor Cuomo declares State of Emergency

Albany, NY (February 8, 2013)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today declared a state of emergency as a major winter storm has already started to bring heavy snow and high winds to parts of New York State. A state of emergency mobilizes resources to local governments that otherwise are restricted to state use only and allows the Governor to suspend laws and regulations that would impede rapid response. The disaster declaration is in effect for the following counties: Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester.

The Governor urged New Yorkers to avoid traveling and stay inside their homes until the worst of the storm has passed. Blizzard warnings remain in effect through 1:00 PM Saturday for affected areas of the state. An estimated 10-14 inches of snow is expected for New York City with areas in Long Island possibly receiving upwards of 20 inches. Wind speeds are beginning to pick up with gusts reaching 40 mph in NYC and a chance for gusts to reach near 70 mph on the forks of Long Island.

“As this winter storm unfolds, bringing heavy snow and high winds to parts of the state, I strongly urge all New Yorkers to exercise caution, avoid travel, and stay indoors,” Governor Cuomo said. “To ensure an effective and rapid response to this winter storm, I am declaring a state of emergency for counties in the lower Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island so resources can get to communities where they are needed as quickly as possible.”

For more information on the declaration, click on the following link:

Saturday, January 12, 2013

APCO Public Safety Communications article on Hurricane Sandy

NY-TERT response to Hurricane Sandy

Check out my article on NY-TERT's response to Hurricane Sandy in the January 2013 digital edition of APCO's Public Safety Communications Magazine. The article will appear in hardcopy format in February 2013. An excerpt from the article will also appear in the February 2013 issue of the New York State Association of Counties